boy-chik Yiddish word for a young man with more chutzpah than brains. It's all about male-centered comic fiction, in the manner of P.G. Wodehouse, Peter De Vries (godfather of boychik) and more recent masters of the genre, Erik Tarloff (The Man Who Wrote the Book) and Peter Lefcourt (The Woody). Here's a place for commentary on this evolving form. You can buy Gerald's books from Amazon.com, bn.com, or your favorite bookseller in paper or ebook.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Just Released on Kindle Select
Six short stories and an essay on this not-so-serious topic.
"Chemistry" expands on the self-evident premise
that you can't tell teenagers anything. The narrator of "Not Quite After
Lisette is a forty-something high-tech executive whose wife is
divorcing him. "Johnny Halo and Rock, the Tyro Shock Jock" is the first
of three episodes from the Rollo Hemphill series of comic novels. In
this installment, he falls upward into a job as a shock-jock deejay. "In
the Valley of the Happy People" is from the second book, Rubber Babes,
and "Spin Cycle" is a chapter from the third book, Farnsworth's Revenge:
Rollo's End. "In the Gallery of American Art" is a story about
a woman who wakes up on her birthday thinking her life is perfect. And
of course it's not. It is excerpted from the novel Bonfire of the
Vanderbilts, a work in progress. The afterward essay "Boychik Lit" is a think piece on male-centered comic fiction.
It's available from Kindle Select for $2.99. Always free to Amazon Prime members.