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Lee Foust

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in Oakland, California, The United States



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I am an author, raconteur, and performer, i come from California with a drum on my back, i live in Florence, Italy, the sun's so hot i froze to death and i want to write a story that will make you cry if you will only listen, oh.

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Lee Foust Absolutely! _Inbetween_ is the first of a thematic trilogy of novels I've been working on for the last 33 years inspired by Dante's _Commedia_. the se…moreAbsolutely! _Inbetween_ is the first of a thematic trilogy of novels I've been working on for the last 33 years inspired by Dante's _Commedia_. the second novel of the set is edited and ready to go. It's called _Here Lies: the Remains of Francesco Castello, AKA Borromini_ and is the first-person narrative of the Baroque architect in purgatory telling his life story and wrestling with the concept of salvation and submission to God's judgement against his own individualistic, artistic temperament. The third installment, _The Three Living Meet the Three Dead_, is a novel-in-frames not unlike Boccaccio's _Decameron_ in which I retell the medieval myth of the three wealthy hunters who encounter three corpses at the crossroads who admonish the rich for their worldly vanity. In my version, the six set up camp and tell stories to each other for 7 nights, tales dedicated thematically to the seven celestial spheres a la Dante's _Paradiso_. Written to completion, with a few of the stories already published in journals, it'll take some editing before it's ready for publication. See my website for links to the tales already published: http://www.leefoust.com/publications.... (less)
Lee Foust Thanks so much, Fergus--I'm blushing! Reading and writing are my passions so I just push on doing both. (I've been enjoying your reviews since we've b…moreThanks so much, Fergus--I'm blushing! Reading and writing are my passions so I just push on doing both. (I've been enjoying your reviews since we've become friends here as well. Your enthusiasm is infectious!)(less)
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“Readers may be divided into four classes: I. Sponges, who absorb all they read, and return it nearly in the same state, only a little dirtied. II. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing, and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. III. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. IV. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.”
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“The novel’s not dead, it’s not even seriously injured, but I do think we’re working in the margins, working in the shadows of the novel’s greatness and influence. There’s plenty of impressive talent around, and there’s strong evidence that younger writers are moving into history, finding broader themes. But when we talk about the novel we have to consider the culture in which it operates. Everything in the culture argues against the novel, particularly the novel that tries to be equal to the complexities and excesses of the culture. This is why books such as JR and Harlot’s Ghost and Gravity’s Rainbow and The Public Burning are important—to name just four. They offer many pleasures without making concessions to the middle-range reader, and they absorb and incorporate the culture instead of catering to it. And there’s the work of Robert Stone and Joan Didion, who are both writers of conscience and painstaking workers of the sentence and paragraph. I don’t want to list names because lists are a form of cultural hysteria, but I have to mention Blood Meridian for its beauty and its honor. These books and writers show us that the novel is still spacious enough and brave enough to encompass enormous areas of experience. We have a rich literature. But sometimes it’s a literature too ready to be neutralized, to be incorporated into the ambient noise. This is why we need the writer in opposition, the novelist who writes against power, who writes against the corporation or the state or the whole apparatus of assimilation. We’re all one beat away from becoming elevator music.”
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Lee Foust Majenta wrote: "Hello, Lee! Friend Request Accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your books. I hope you're having a great weekend and a great Summer 2016. Happy reading, writing, and everything else...."

Majenta, what a very sweet note. I, too, hope you are thriving and thank you for the wonderful wishes. May I ask are you the Majenta that I used to know in NYC back in the 1990s? Just curious. --Lee

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Majenta Hello, Lee! Friend Request Accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on your books. I hope you're having a great weekend and a great Summer 2016. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta

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Lee Foust This just went up today, a guest entry i wrote for a friend and fellow writer's blog, explaining a bit what's in my book Sojourner.


Scribble Orca Happy New Year, Lee - all the best for 2014!

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Lee Foust Received Gaddis' Recognitions and JR in the mail today: herniated postperson.

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Lee Foust In case you want to keep up/be informed of my other writing and literature projects you can Find them here: https://www.facebook.com/Lee.Foust.Li... (You can also friend me on facebook--I'm not proud.)

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Lee Foust I brought so many books home to Florence from the States this summer... I'm drowning in first page reads. The water is lovely but it's time to get past an introduction and read something.

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Lee Foust A new short story by yours truly on the theme of justice, the Papacy, corruption and worldly power. Straight outta history. http://leefoust.blogspot.it/2013/04/t...

Scribble Orca Ciao, grazie per l'invito. Mi dispiace che prendevo cosi tanto tempo per rispondere. Civediamo!

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Kris Thank you so much for the friend request, Lee. I'm so glad to get to read more of your reviews, and to discuss common interests, including medieval studies! :)

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