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Blaster by Al Ackerman
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Dec 25, 2011

it was amazing

Imagine Lenny Bruce as an OULIPO writer and you'll get some idea of what Ackerman's work is like, only it is better and funnier. Plot summary doesn't do Blaster justice but who else would write a story about a guy who makes a suit of sausages to attract the attention of a hefty blonde who lives in a room he can see from his window? Or about a guy who gets a bad reaction when he takes a stiff from the hospital morgue on a date to a restaurant? Ackerman, now based in Baltimore, is still banging out great stories and poems but this anthology contains his very best work, often reprinted from the marginal arts publication "Lost & Found Times". If you are only interested in Ackerman then this is the book to get, but if you want to know something of the milieu Blaster belonged to then check out "Loose Watch: The Best of Lost and Found Times" published by the UK based Invisible Books. "Loose Watch" contains most of the best pieces by Ackerman to be found in this anthology (not quite all of the best pieces, which is why you might want this book) as well as lots by his friends from outside the Neoist Network; if you want to know about Ackerman's role as a founder Neoism, then there's no one book for that....
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