Just a Couple of Days

Just a Couple of Days

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Blip Korterly kicks off a game of graffiti tag on a local overpass by painting a simple phrase: "Uh-oh." An anonymous interlocutor writes back: "When?" Blip slyly answers: "Just a couple of days." But what happens in just a couple of days? Blip is arrested; his friend, Dr. Flake Fountain - a molecular biologist - is drafted into a shadow-government research project conducting experiments on humans. The virus being tested - cleverly called "the Pied Piper" - renders its victims incapable of symbolic capacity; that is, incapable of communication. Is this biological weaponry? What would happen if it were let loose on the world? Does a babbling populace pose a threat or provide an opportunity for social evolution?This novel's absurd, larger-than-life characters speak in exuberant prose that is as satirical as it is playful, as full of implications as it is full of mirth. It's no wonder "Just a Couple of Days" has become an underground cult classic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156031221
  • 9780156031226
  • 583,699

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"Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!" "Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!" -- Christopher Moore "author of You Suck" "Irreverent, whimsical. The final apocalyptic vision is a twist not seen since Kurt Vonnegut''s Cat''s Cradle. Recommended." "A Dr. Strangelove for the biotech century. Just a Couple of Days is savvy, wickedly funny, and profoundly disturbing. " -- Richard Heinberg "author of Powerdown" " ""Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--Christopher Moore "author of You Suck " " ""Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--Christopher Moore "author of You Suck " PRAISE FOR JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS"A lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB"This is the kind of literary enjoyment so many people say you shouldn't have, and then worry about when you start to draw larger conclusions from . . . I'd go so far as to say that this novel is 'folk heroic' and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."--KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of ZANESVILLE PRAISE FOR JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS "A lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB "This is the kind of literary enjoyment so many people say you shouldn't have, and then worry about when you start to draw larger conclusions from . . . I'd go so far as to say that this novel is 'folk heroic' and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."--KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of ZANESVILLE """Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--Christopher Moore "author of You Suck "" "Like a technologically savvy modern-day Rabelais, Vigorito gives humanity a swift, playful, and long overdue slap on the ass."--Chris Genoa "author of Foop! " "A "Dr. Strangelove" for the biotech century. "Just a Couple of Days" is savvy, wickedly funny, and profoundly disturbing. " --Richard Heinberg "author of Powerdown " "This novel is "folk heroic" and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."--Kris Saknussemm "author of Zanesville " "Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--Christopher Moore "author of You Suck " PRAISE FOR JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS"Just a Couple of Days may be the most unusual, the most original novel I have ever read. It reminds me of my own first novel, Another Roadside Attraction, in that it almost completely defies what we've been taught that a novel ought to be... If philosophical ideas were harpoons, Tony Vigorito could turn every whale in Ahab's ocean into floating pincushions..." --Tom Robbins"A lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB"This is the kind of literary enjoyment so many people say you shouldn't have, and then worry about when you start to draw larger conclusions from . . . I'd go so far as to say that this novel is 'folk heroic' and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves."--KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of ZANESVILLE "Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!"--Christopher Moore "author of You Suck "" "A Dr. Strangelove for the biotech century. Just a Couple of Days is savvy, wickedly funny, and profoundly disturbing. " --Richard Heinberg "author of Powerdown " PRAISE FOR JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS""Just a Couple of Days"may be the most unusual, the most original novel I have ever read.It reminds me of my own first novel, "Another Roadside Attraction, "in that it almost completely defies what we've been taught that a novel ought to be... If philosophical ideas wereharpoons, Tony Vigorito could turn every whale in Ahab'socean intofloating pincushions..." Tom Robbins"A lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!" CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB"This is the kind of literary enjoyment so many people say you shouldn t have, and then worry about when you start to draw larger conclusions from . . . I d go so far as to say that this novel is folk heroic and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves." KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of ZANESVILLE" PRAISE FOR JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS ""Just a Couple of Days"may be the most unusual, the most original novel I have ever read.It reminds me of my own first novel, "Another Roadside Attraction, "in that it almost completely defies what we've been taught that a novel ought to be... If philosophical ideas wereharpoons, Tony Vigorito could turn every whale in Ahab'socean intofloating pincushions..." Tom Robbins"A lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!" CHRISTOPHER MOORE, author of LAMB and A DIRTY JOB"This is the kind of literary enjoyment so many people say you shouldn t have, and then worry about when you start to draw larger conclusions from . . . I d go so far as to say that this novel is folk heroic and should be read by anyone who still values their capacity to think for themselves." KRIS SAKNUSSEMM, author of ZANESVILLE" "A"Dr. Strangelove"for the biotech century."Just a Couple of Days"is savvy, wickedly funny, and profoundly disturbing. "--Richard Heinberg "author of Powerdown "
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WELCOME TO THE PARTY AT THE END OF TIME!
A mischievous artist kicks off a game of graffiti tag on a local overpass by painting the simple phrase "Uh-oh." An anonymous interlocutor writes back: "When?" Someone slyly answers: "Just a couple of days." But what happens in just a couple of days? Professor Blip Korterly is arrested; his friend, Dr. Flake Fountain is drafted into a shadow-government research project to develop the ultimate biological weapon, and a bit of a leak turns into a merry-hearted, babble-inducing apocalypse that will either destroy humankind or take it to the next step in evolution.
FROM DEVOTED FANS OF JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS
It rocked my boat, tickled my fancy, jabbered my wocky (?!) I find myself looking not only at America, but the whole universe in a new and exciting way. Sublime. A wake-up call to society. Mind-expanding. Magical. I'm still smiling--it made me feel better about humanity, just knowing that there might be a little hope, and that it can start with me. Sparks contagious laughs. Transcendent. Visionary. Full of laughter, song and dance, fun and love... Cosmic, and profoundly optimistic. A consciousness-expanding, life-changing experience. Dancing, laughter, the spiritual life of dinner plates. If the end of the world (really, the beginning) is anything AT ALL like Mr. Vigorito imagines it to be, I can't wait for it to come. Read it and dance... TONY VIGORITO earned a Ph.D. at Ohio State University and taught social theory at Ohio University and Antioch College. He nowsplits his time betweenAthens, Ohio and Austin, Texas."
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