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Alex Kudera has survived fifteen years of teaching overloads but in some circles is better known for his mysterious injuries. He has bussed dishes and tutored English in two countries, and Fight for Your Long Day, his first novel, was drafted in a walk-in closet during a summer in Seoul, South Korea. A lifelong Philadelphian until fall 2007, Alex currently teaches literature and writing at Clemson University in South Carolina.
on June 26, 2011 :
Catcher in the Rye meets Road Trip with a solid dose of what makes work by Kudera so very Kudera, the ever potent mix of protest, politics, philosophy and craftsmanship, always craftsmanship.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 11, 2011 :
Wow, what a superb ten thousand words. I'm not sure if it just because I am reading The Brothers Karamazov at the moment, but this short story reminds me so much of Dostoyevksy in its biting social satire, its acute political insight, its ability to paint pictures in words, and its foreboding of a society that has lost its way and is on a trajectory to catastrophe. The drugs are the anaesthetic for the emotional pain of a fascistic existence in denial, enabling a crazy-brave creative prophetic vision. The description of undergraduate life is realistic if exaggerrated in a hallucinatory direction for effect, and casts a lens upon wider social trends. I felt momentarily bad about getting it for free and not giving Alex his 99 cents, so hope this comment is enough payment.
Please read this story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)