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The Golden Calf
This tight little novel is a burst of comic angst and venom in the tradition of Selby, Bukowski, and Nelson Algren. Originally published by Soft Skull back when their books were glued in a basement apartment, this new version of The Golden Calf is part of a rescue effort by local press Another Sky.
Synopses & Reviews
Ray Tompkins is the kind of person you never get to know. He's the security guard, the factory worker, the man working the midnight shift. Nobody really understands Ray - not his coworkers, not his family, and certainly not the women in his life. There is a rage building inside Ray Tompkins and Los Angeles is the fuel - the sick obsession with celebrity mixed with the vacuousness of everyday life. Against this backdrop, Ray Tompkins finds a way to vent his anger. He, too, will be known.
"Explores the hazy junction where the teeth of the daily grind sink into the day-dreamt certainties of life’s true bell-head sounds. Lee Ranaldo, member of Sonic Youth
"With a superb narrative control, Baum paints a portrait of male dysfunction set to explode." The List
"A marvel of pace and comic timing….Much of Baum's narrative bears a similarity to Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground." Daily Telegraph
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