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The Mission of the Sacred Heart is a novel that follows a group of young creatives, a homeless girl and a visitor, who may or may not be an alien, through life in Portland, Oregon. Their journey centers around the themes of love and suicide and the crucial question; Why stick around?

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Randy Blazak is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. He earned his PhD from Emory University in 1995 by completing an extensive undercover study of Nazi skinheads. While he was in graduate school, he also worked in a record store, as a music writer, as a manager of a successful rock band, organized poetry readings in Atlanta and published the monthly poetry zine, The Shakey Table. Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 1995, Blazak has become a nationally known expert on hate groups and youth culture. He has published numerous articles, book chapters based on his research. His first book was published in 2001, Renegade Kids, Suburban Outlaws (with Wayne S. Wooden, Wadsworth Publishing) and his second book, Hate Offenders (Praeger Publishing), was published in 2009. He regularly appears on local and national television programs, including Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor (which he refers to as his “4 minutes of shame.”) Blazak began writing The Mission of The Sacred Heart when he was 13, in his bedroom in Stone Mountain, Georgia, while listening to an album by the Electric Light Orchestra called A New World Record. He believed it was a concept album about opera singers and aliens. It wasn’t. Blazak returned to the idea in 1999 when he was suffering from depression and placed on anti-depressants after a failed suicide attempt. Along with the original ELO themes, the writing was an exercise in exploring committing suicide is so difficult, even in a gloomy city like Portland. The book was placed on the backburner until technology caught up with the Do It Yourself ethic from Blazak’s punk rock youth. On April 15, 2011, he made the novel available on Amazon Kindle. The story received immediate acclaim, including from Portland rockstar Storm Large. Portlanders saw it as a love letter to their city and its struggle with Seasonal Affect Disorder. Music lovers found the rich descriptions of rock and opera as compelling as the music itself. One reviewer on Amazon UK, wrote, “Blazak balances well his philosophical musings, which succeed in making one think, and hilarious dialogue and narrative that left me laughing out loud on several occasions. The pace of writing is quick and clever and book evokes tenderness and feeling, along with thoughtfulness and humour.” His writing style has been compared to the likes of Nick Hornby, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Robbins. Randy Blazak is currently working on a memoir about rock stars.

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zakstwinsister, January 21, 2012 (view all comments by zakstwinsister)
With The Mission of the Sacred Heart, knowing the author allows you to see his personality in this book and I have had the honor of that. It's the kind of personality that can make anyone come out of their funk and for that I burst out laughing many times in this book. They're are so many true instances in this book that I find it hard to think of it as a fictional read. I find that I can relate a lot of my life to what is in Mission, its kinda scary, but that is what makes a person know that they aren't alone in this world. I have never been a person to pick up a book on my own free time and read, so for me to read the book, says a lot!! I love it, and will forever pick it up anytime.
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Marty Kruse, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Marty Kruse)
With nearly magical accuracy, Mr. Blazak captures the mise en scene of Portland in the early '90s. Fun, humorous and insightful, this unlikely tale captured my imagination and my suggested reading list for the better part of the end of the year.
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Njoybeing, December 30, 2011 (view all comments by Njoybeing)
A beautifully written story of hopelessness, hope and what keeps us alive. Blazak has a real grasp of the beauty and pain that life brings and how we endure. It's a story of friendship, love, heartache, and music.... beautiful music. Simply brillant.
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Blazak, Randy
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October 20, 2011

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