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Alex Austin

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in Newark, The United States
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January 2008

I'm a Los Angeles-based journalist and teacher. My novel Nakamura Reality will be published by Permanent Press [On a shoestring turning out literary gems"--The New York Times] in February 2016. The following are links to some reviews, interviews and my published stories:

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Nakamura Reality

Better Beta Reads Interview


Night Swim (excerpted from Nakamura Reality)

UV30 (excerpted from Nakamura Reality)

The Rat (Nominated for Best of the Web 2015)

Water and Stone


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The Red Album of Asbury Park

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It was like a riddle, thought Raphael. What was always arriving but never arrived? What did we constantly approach but never reached? What door did we step through to find ourselves opening it again? A riddle and a disappointment. Ten years ago, he had imagined the future to be electric cars, clean industries and invisible ai... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: Against the backdrop of a fabled town in trouble, 22-year-old musician Sam Nesbitt struggles to rid himself of his personal demons, past and present,as he pursues the rock 'n' roll dream.
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Fredric Jameson
“(On George Eliot's narrative strategy)
It also forfeits the great game of the omniscient narrator, which is to know secrets which none of the characters involved will ever learn, ironically taking their unhappy ignorance to the grave.”
Fredric Jameson, The Antinomies of Realism

George Eliot
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
George Eliot

Jorge Luis Borges
“You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.”
Jorge Luis Borges

D.H. Lawrence
“Recklessness is almost a man's revenge on his woman. He feels he is not valued so he will risk destroying himself to deprive her altogether.”
D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers

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