Friday, August 26, 2011

Ernie


What makes Ernie a renegade? To begin with, he has little use for society’s standard conventions. He abhors the herd mentality, despises materialism, and thinks all politicians should be shot — including the small-time wannabes serving on our own city council, who are, by and large, businessmen and land developers looking out for their own interests. Ernie is not pure by any means, but he has a big heart and a sincere desire to help the underdog. And who is the underdog? Those of us who are trampled on by society, or made to look awkward by people who, despite their wealth and influence, contribute nothing — those of us who are shoved into corners and under bridges because we were born at the wrong time, or in the wrong place, or to the wrong family — those of us who refuse to conform, and who have paid a tremendous price for our freedom, and who will never give it up — those of us who try and fail, then try again — those of us who laugh in the face of ridicule. Beyond that, the underdog is anyone who cares about what happens — to us, to the planet — and is willing to admit it, even if only to himself.

[From Chapter 4, A Listening Thing]


Note: Through September 22, Cosmopsis Books is offering my novel,
A Listening Thing, at the special price of $14.00, plus shipping.

The first printing is limited to 150 numbered copies.

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6 comments:

Jan said...

William, the more I read, the more I hope that my copy of your books arrives soon :) I can't wait to sit down with a nice cup of tea, get lost in its pages, and leave the real world behind for awhile~~~

William Michaelian said...

I’m all for that arrangement, Jan. I did hear from someone in San Francisco who received his book yesterday, so yours should be there soon. And I’m still waiting for mine! They were shipped by mistake to my old address, and the package ended up back in Massachusetts yesterday. So today it starts its third trip across the country.....

Transcend Designs said...

Just so you know,
I've stopped reading all of your current posts
as I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of your work
(hopefully before the storm hits)
and can't bring myself to be teased on a daily basis any longer...

and thought I'd just let you know I'm still here...

have a great weekend

: )

William Michaelian said...

Ah-ha, so you won’t be teased, eh? Thanks, Brad. I hope you and your family are safe and that your book finds you before the storm.

Two Tigers said...

Wow, William, I feel so lucky that your publisher is in my neck of the woods and your book only took two days to get to me! Actually, looking at the map, they could have tossed it to me and spared the mailman the trouble.

What's remarkable is that had I not read the book, these chapter excerpts would still have enough power to stand on their own, like prose poems that don't need to tell the whole story (are there ever really any whole stories?) because they feel so rich and complete, even if they can become even moreso when collected with others of their kind. Even in novel form, you write like a poet!

William Michaelian said...

Put that way, Gabriella, it occurs to me that the excerpts are, like Stephen Monroe, both in and out of context. And aren’t we all? — condensed, hammered, shaped, defiant, broken, proud. As Sandburg said, “The people will live on.” And so will this book, thanks to you and readers like you, who, by your very engagement, breathe life into its pages.