Joseph D. Reich
Eclecticism defines the work of prolific author Joseph D. Reich. His most recent magnum opus, the Aphoristic Variations Trilogy, is a cross-genre exploration plumbing the depths of human growth and development. He leaves no stone unturned, touching upon family dysfunction, abnormal psychology, parapsychology, existentialism, linguistics, and the psycho-dynamics of the fragile human condition. The absurdity of America’s increasingly nihilistic social landscape is Reich’s poetic tapestry. His missives are equally tinted by philosophy and sociology, creating a surrealistic guide that is sure to strike a chord with both cynics and optimists, or simply anyone—which is to say everyone—leading lives of “quiet desperation.”
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The loosely autobiographical novel, The Office, Brown's only work of "straight" fiction, was first published in 1958. A pet project of over ten years, it's Brown's most personal, and certainly one of his most moving novels. He completely revised and polished a first draft, unheard of for the prolific author. Unfortunately, because Brown had already established himself as a top-notch mystery and science fiction writer, the novel quickly fell out of print. The past decade has seen a great resurgence in Brown's work; however, fans interested in this unique entry in his bibliography have been turned away by the price of the limited first printing. In October 2018, Makeshift Press made The Office widely available in paperback and ebook with an introduction, newly illustrated cover, list of Brown works currently in print, and an afterword by Brown biographer Jack Seabrook.
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