By John Domini
Red Hen Press, Paperback, 9781888996463, 264pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2003
John Domini has brilliantly turned one of literary fiction's neatest tricks: he has vividly and accurately evoked a past time and milieu the alternative cultural scene of the mid- 70s and in the process he has illuminated our own times with dazzling clarity. Talking Heads: 77 also manages to be both cutting-edge innovative and splendidly readable. This book is a flat-out delight."
Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 1993
Talking Heads: 77 reminds us of a generation's crushing loss of idealism. Through an impassioned post-Watergate journalist whose interior angst is articulated in illusory news columns for a fantasized issue of his alternative newspaper, John Domini captures the kind of innocence it once took to believe in our quixotic convictions, to believe we could invoke change, to believe we couldn t be perverted or corrupted. Simultaneously he recreates the visceral disillusionment that had engulfed many of us by the time the 70's were over.
Cris Mazza, author of Girl Beside Him and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?
John Domini is fiction's own Greil Marcus, revealing the secret history that has made us all; in Talking Heads: 77, Kit Viddich is our tour guide, a reporter raking the muck to find the ore, and exploring the cellars, by starlight. The cellars, the basement, the closet, the underground John Domini knows that the dank oubliettes of our world are the places of darkness and death, and also the wellsprings, the very life of our culture.
Brian Bouldrey author of Love, the Magician, The Genius of Desire and the essay collection Monster: Adventures in American Machismo