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A Finely Tuned Apathy Machine

Bursting with verve, comedy and peculiarity, Mark Paterson’s second collection of short fiction stimulates the imagination in refreshing and unexpected ways. From a loner who uses the mosh pit as a confessional, to a cross-dressing neophyte prowling the aisles of the local supermarket, to a diner owner who garnishes every dish on his menu with chopped-up hot dog wieners, to a group of teens who co-opt an arcade security camera for their own inventive purposes, these characters navigate an increasingly uncertain world with resourcefulness and guts, carving out enhanced existences one tiny victory at a time.

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