Join us on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:00pm, for a reading and discussion to celebrate the release of Amerikan Krazy with author and art curator Henry James Korn.
Anticipating the topsy-turvy zeitgeist of Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, Henry James Korn presents a tale of corporate marketing’s undue influence on our current political reality. Amerikan Krazy interprets the meaning of power in post-modern Amerika. By turning political writing into art, Henry James Korn begins where Jules Verne, George Orwell, and Edward Abbey left off.
Despite escaping neo-fascist “Amerika” to remote reaches south of the border, Herbert Horn, a wounded Marine vet, cannot escape his lifelong preoccupation with the personal meaning of JFK’s brutal public execution and why he failed to sabotage an evil empire by assassinating the Presidential candidate Senator Honus T. Rhinelander Junior at Founding Father Land Theme Park when he had a golden opportunity. As the years pass, Horn’s guilt deepens as he ponders the human suffering that would have been averted had he found the courage to fend off his fair-haired lady friend’s pleas and get off a kill shot. With every egregious occurrence such as the Rhinelander financed rape of Costa Rica; the Rhinelander-enabled Taliban takeover of Kyrgyzstan; a Rhinelander presidential successor installed by fiat of the Supreme Court; and redistribution of America’s wealth to a trans-national corporate cabal, Herb Horn’s remorse regarding his cowardice at the moment of truth escalates in an explosive manner.
Amerikan Krazy delivers a fearless, wildly creative, and rollicking ride through an absurd yet painfully familiar landscape of American culture from post-WW II to a not-too-distant future. The novel’s vibrant historical context features the illusions and disillusions of a PTSD-stricken protagonist who vows to tilt at all available windmills, giving us laugh-out-loud moments as well as those of wincing recognition of our culture’s corporate capture. Fueled by passion and driven by a playful rage, the novel smacks ruling-class bastards right proper.
– Dr. Patricia Hartz, Lecturer and Writing Program Director Emeritus, Department of Humanities, University of California, Irvine
Henry James Korn is a writing fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts whose prior books include Marc Chagall; A Difficult Act to Follow: Stories & Essays, Exact Change: Short Fiction, and Muhammad Ali Retrospective. He has written about art, sports, popular culture, media, and history for a variety of magazines and newspapers and his stories have been published in numerous fiction anthologies and literary magazines. For more about Korn’s work, visit his website.