Jack Ruby and the Origins of the Avant-Garde in Dallas
And Other Stories
What really (might have) happened when Jack Ruby, nightclub owner, brass knuckle-slinger, and inveterate fan of Corbusier, decided to kill the killer of JFK? In this first-ever trade publication of Bob Trammell's work, Jack Ruby mythos loops between fact, fiction, and spectacle to satirize Dallas' place on the world stage. Jack Ruby & The Origins of the Avant-Garde in Dallas caricaturizes everyone from Bob Thornton to Joseph Beuys; fodder for JFK conspiracy theorists, innuendo-readers, ingenious speculators, and pursuers of The Truth About Dallas At Large.
With an introduction by Ben Fountain and afterword by David Searcy, this volume also includes Trammell's "Quiet Man" story cycle from over the course of his long, countercultural writing career, lamenting a generation that lost much by embarking on a search for themselves in a city--and world--unwilling to support its brightest artists.
Deep Vellum Publishing, 9781646050499, 308pp.
Publication Date: December 7, 2021