Cursed Is the Road to the American Dream

Cursed Is the Road to the American Dream

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As Southern California's throttle-wide-open Punk scene reaches its peak, famed writer and poet Johnny Salinger struggles to exhume the meaning of his own existence. Tortured over whether the tragic death of his fiancee was set into motion by happenstance or fate, he attempts to end his self-loathing spiral by setting out on a one-way road trip in search of a redemptive crossroads that may come too late. From the angst-fueled parties in Venice Beach, to the booze shacks of New Orleans, Salinger is joined by an unforgettable cast of uninhibited misfits who carry a brazenly raw and sometimes burlesque cocktail of narratives. Cursed is the Road to the American Dream is told through the gin and wine-soaked diaries of three lost souls, desperate to find their piece of the "Great and Wonderful Everything." The intoxicatingly nostalgic prequel to the Kerouac prose-inspired companion novel, Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger, Cursed is the Road to the American Dream is gritty, lust-for-life storytelling.... It's Catcher in the Rye on punk rock Benzedrine. This uncensored "Twentieth Anniversary Edition" includes a Forward and Afterward by Kimberly Salinger, along with never before published entries that reveal deeper insights behind the broken icon's reluctant rise and fall from becoming one of the American underground's most enigmatic anti-heroes."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 546 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31mm | 794g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514713926
  • 9781514713921

About Jack Deadmen

Jack Deadmen is the author of Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger, and its follow-up prequel, Nobody Special: Cursed is the Road to the American Dream. He has penned one stage play (Redemption) and nine screenplays (including Wheatfield with Crows, co-written with director Brent Roske). He is the founder of A Raven Desk Tome, and co-founder of Dystopian Pictures. A former member of the Working Filmmaker's Group (Hollywood) and the American Federation of Film Producers (Los Angeles), he has been a member of the Screen Actor's Guild since 1993. Jack Deadmen is most notably a member of the SoCal-based underground poet society "Canaries in the Mine." Born in Southern California, he currently lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is married and has two more