Synopses & Reviews
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 now splits his time between Athens, Ohio and Austin, Texas.
"Originally self-published in 2001, Vigorito's bloated first novel goes mainstream in this 'newly updated' version. When Dr. Blip Korterly, the eccentric philosopher best friend of narrator and molecular biologist Dr. Flake Fountain, vandalizes a bridge with the words 'uh-oh,' he starts a chain reaction that ends in cataclysm. Along the way, Flake is enlisted by Tibor Tynee, the megalomaniac president and CEO of Tynee University (and Flake's boss), to create a vaccine for the Pied Piper virus, a U.S. military-designed bug that destroys humans' ability to communicate. General Kiljoy, in charge of the Pied Piper project (and very, very Gen. Ripper from Dr. Strangelove), works out a deal with the local police and the university to test the virus on prisoners. Blip, arrested after a confrontation with a raving preacher on the university green, ends up becoming one of the test subjects. The virus, of course, escapes the test facility, leading to some very bad things. Vigorito frequently delves into goofy metaphors and hippie screeds, and though his novel offers plenty of absurdity, his inability to go big with humor or vision leaves this feeling like Pynchon ultra-lite." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Irreverent, whimsical. The final apocalyptic vision is a twist not seen since Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. Recommended." Library Journal
"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!
"Just a Couple of Days is a lyrical, thoughtful, viral meme of a book. Read it!" Christopher Moore, author of You Suck
"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
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!" Richard Heinberg - author of Powerdown
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. This grassroots phenomenon will reach even more soon-to-be fans in its newly updated Harvest edition complete with an excerpt from the author's next book!
This novel's absurd, larger-than-life characters speak in exuberant prose that is as satirical as it is playful. This self-published phenomenon has been newly updated for the Harvest edition.
About the Author
Tony Vigorito earned a Ph.D. at Ohio State University and taught social theory at Ohio University and Antioch College before retreating into the Appalachian foothills an hour southeast of Columbus and three hours south of Cleveland to write fiction.