Category: JACK’S FICTION

Cole Alpaugh’s Read of Valley Boy

I read the book straight through today and felt like it’s a piece demanding to be discussed in a book club or creative writing group. Valley Boy is a teeming amalgam of allegory, pathos, and stark language, all wrapped in a blend of dark humor and strangely relateable characters. What is Valley Boy about? Turkey debeaker Ricky Edwards heads to college, falls in love with a rock guitarist, and faces coming of age challenges – such as learning how to order coffee and the importance of following The Rules – revealed in a storyline reminiscent of an Allen Ginsberg poem. Remick writes with a fresh voice in prose as raw as the open wounds his subjects are apt to suffer. An unrelenting literary experiment that is also a terrific read. Best enjoyed with a caffe latte … or maybe a macchiato? All the best, Cole Share this:TweetShare on TumblrEmailLike this:Like...

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With Marsha Cook on Blogtalkradio

On July 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM West Coast Time, Jack will be a guest on Marsha Casper Cook’s blogtalk show. As the world shrinks… Jack Remick with Marsha Cook World of Ink Network The World of Ink Network brings you shows on books, authors, illustrators, the publishing industry, marketing and much more. Come listen… Share this:TweetShare on TumblrEmailLike this:Like...

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What’s behind my novel The Deification?

I grew up in California’s Central Valley. The Valley was huge but stifling. If you climbed the town water tower one foggy night and the cops hauled you down, it made the local newspaper.  Your one goal was a customized car with a flame job and flipper hubcaps. You wore Levis or Chinos and you cut your hair short. And then along came Jack Kerouac and On The Road. Right behind him came William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Philip Lamantia, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and, of course, Allen Ginsberg.  And everything changed overnight. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Herb Caen wrote about these crazy people living in dens of iniquity in North Beach. He called them “Beatniks”. He took the term from Kerouac who used it to mean Beatitude, but Caen mixed it up with Sputnik and a whole generation was born. The craziness of the Beatniks was magnetic to boys hungry for Nirvana. Along with my other rebellious friends I headed to the City (on the West Coast, San Francisco is-The City), to see what was happening in North Beach. We camped outside the Blackhawk and the Jazz Cellar. We lived for the weekends and City Lights Bookstore where we bought the Beat Bibles—On The Road, Junkman’s Obbligato, Howl. We ran up and down Grant and ate Chinese food in bombed out restaurants, we  stayed in crazy wino hotels in the...

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Fiction Page–Work by Robert J Ray and Jack Remick

   Intro We both write at Louisa’s Bakery and Café . Now Vios Café, twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:30. 45 minutes of writing, then we read. It’s noisy at Louisa’s. Music, talk, the coffee machine. Keep writing. Shove your words at the noise. Jack writes on a yellow legal pad split down the middle. Keep the lines short and you get better verbs. Bob writes in a field-notes notebook turned sideways, split down the middle. Both Jack and Bob hate –LY adverbs. Sickeningly, allowably, enlighteningly, even salaciously. Jack’s rewriting his Ricky Edwards coming of age novel. The new title is Either/Or, homage to a philosopher named Kierkegaard .In January, 2011, Jack’s novel, Blood, came out from Camel Press. Bob’s rewriting Murdock #6, Murdock Tackles Taos. In February, 2009, Bob’s how-to, The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel, came out from Watson-Guptill.  Roots When Jack and I wrote The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, we were both writing fiction. Jack had published a novel, The Stolen House, and loads of short stories. I had a couple of Murdocks (Private Eye books), a skewed attempt at a thriller, and a tennis novel. The how-to-write a mystery book sprang from Dell’s rejection of how-to-write a short story in 90 minutes. The Dell editor said: how about writing a how-to about mystery novels? Two and a half years later, after tossing out...

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