Living The Zine Life

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An otherwise-doomed poet's life is saved when luck has it that he falls in with a crowd of people who understand everything he's talking about and who accept his extreme mental illnesses and bad health as completely normal. He finds his voice and begins narrating his own life and the lives of those around him. His supreme triumph is that he lives to tell his story in short prose passages. More
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About Mel C. Thompson

Mel C. Thompson is a writer of fiction and poetry. His stories tend to center around the topics of greed, sex, religion, alcohol, and history. He is a cultural relativist, which means the good guys and the bad guys are often hard to find in any given tale he is telling. Being a staunch enemy of political correctness and traditionalist norms, it is unlikely that a doctrinaire conservative or an orthodox liberal would come away from these stories feeling happy. He is a trained philosopher who majored in that discipline at the California State University at Fullerton, specializing in such diverse topics as World Religions and scientific methodology. Much of his fiction might loosely be called "theological comedy," although he is now venturing into more overtly secular themes. He is also a publisher and has published other authors under his Mel C. Thompson Publishing Company label. As an amateur musician and part-time radio personality, he appeared on KMEL as a nerd rapper and geek-philosopher. He earlier wrote Buddhist hymns and ordinary pop songs. He survived as a security guard and clerical worker for decades before going out on disability due to a host of physical and mental health problems. At this phase of his life, his studies have gravitated toward higher math, computer literacy and electronics.

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Deborah Charlene Segal reviewed on Sep. 8, 2019

Living the Zine Life, is a collection of narrative prose poems, in which everything is questioned, nothing is assumed.
Any opinions held by the reader on religion, science, alcoholism, kinky sex, psychiatry, and Werner Erhard will be deconstructed in each and every passage.
In these true confessions, the reader is reprimanded sternly:
"The ambulance is coming...they are in the lobby to take you away now...you've really gone and done it...crossed over that fine line into the big leagues of weird...and now, finally, after all these years, the ambulance is coming."
And, the reader is comforted and confronted with:
"Your heart will break, at first, when sadness leaves...happiness is like some simpering fool who walks into the room and winks at you like he owns the place...the sadness has really got to go one day. But who could ever be ready for a change as big as that?"
How often is the reader invited to spy on this scene:
"pulling out a syringe, she offers me some intravenous speed...'no thanks'...she offers me some oral sex...'sorry not in the mood'...then she tries to convert me to born-again Christianity. Why am I confused?"
And he plays with fire. The ultimate questions of love and death, and existence itself, inquiring:
"Do worms burrow into men's caskets and relay the grateful thanks of relatives, for the inheritances they're spending?"
And affirming what we forgot we already know:
"For me, love has been a runway a thousand miles long...picking up speed, but can't...go fast enough to hurl our wingless souls into the boundless, peerless, endless sky."
"I've searched the dark and endless heavens to find some newer star than our own, in hopes of buying time..."
The reader will be unable to stop scrolling the short, sweet and to-the-point prose poems, and is left wanting to experience more Mel C Thompson mythos. The reader is in luck, because Mel writes and publishes profusely. This reader thinks Living the Zine Life is a good starting point.
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