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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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This is poetry off the cuff, shot from the hip, and written at the spur of the moment. For thirty days, A. J. Howells wrote poetry off the top of his head, culling thoughts both consciously familiar and subliminally foreign. The result is a collection of wildly differing poems, reflective of various moments' thoughts, moods, and subconscious underpinnings. These are jazz improvisations. To borrow a phrase from Shunryu Suzuki, these poems are products of a "beginner's mind," written upon a blank, meditative canvas.