Brief Objects of Beauty and Despair

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Brief Objects of Beauty and Despair is a sampler of some of today’s most exciting contemporary fiction. Featuring 13 pieces by members of the Year Zero Writers collective, it’s free to browse or download.
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About Larry Harrison

Larry Harrison started life as a cowman and yak keeper for the Tibetan Buddhist community at Karma Kagyu Samye Ling, in Dumfriesshire. After working his way up to the post of assistant dairyman on a commercial Ayrshire herd, he left Scotland in 1975 to work with disadvantaged children at London’s Clapham Junction. Larry became surprisingly good at persuading children not to stand on the railway tracks at Earlsfield Station, and he was able to talk them down from rooftops in Battersea, without them bombarding passers-by with slates. To this day, Larry is relieved that he was able to negotiate the release of everyone held hostage by Barry in the school unit. The Parks Department should not have left an axe unattended within sight of the building, and had Barry not been so amenable, the outcome could have been a good deal worse. (Thanks, Baz. What fun we had! Sorry to hear you were done last year for kidnapping that Assistant Governor on D Wing.) During Larry’s subsequent career, as a university researcher on alcohol and drug problems, he wrote Tobacco Battered, a BBC Radio 4 feature, and over fifty journal articles, academic books and book chapters. He was appointed Reader in Addiction Studies at the University of Hull, long a centre of excellence in problem drinking, before retiring to the East Yorkshire countryside to make cider and write fiction. Glimpses of a Floating World is his first novel.

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Moxie Mezcal reviewed on Nov. 17, 2009

Year Zero is a collective of independent writers, and the Brief Objects anthology is a perfect introduction to their work. Each writer had their own unique thematic focus and style, but they all share a tendency toward gritty, hard-edged urban realism. Theirs are stories about artists, junkies, seekers, and other imperfect souls who stay out too late, wake up with morning-after regrets, dig themselves in too deep - in short, people like the rest of us.
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Anne Lyken-Garner reviewed on Oct. 9, 2009

You couldn't find a more talented group of writiers in one place. Here's a collection that will thrill you every time you read it. For whatever you're looking for in literature, you'll find something to please you here.
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Dan Holloway reviewed on Aug. 18, 2009

These are some of the most original and talented voices you'll find anywhere, let alone for free on the Web
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