Mickey Hess' Nostalgia Echo novel, published in late 2011 by C&R (Chattanooga), is the longtime T2Her's homage to Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, the story of Princeton prof and lesser-known "nostalgia theorist" Everett Barnes' late-life brush with whatever fleeting version of stardom is possible for his ilk in our time, complete with his image stenciled on freeway overpasses -- a History Channel TV show having sparked it all, of course. Perhaps more importantly, the book is also the last, most appropriate chance for its narrator to tell his own story. A brush with Barnes in his youth, documented in an old photograph that is his only personal vestige of his birth mother's existence, provides the impetus for the working narrator's growing present-tense obsession with the nostalgia theorist, likewise the graffiti artist who is the origin point for the Barnes stencils. In short, in classic Hess fashion, it's a wild, hilarious ride of a book. No. 37.1 consists of Chapter 3, with included shorts by T2H coeditor Jacob Knabb ("Pig Sweatin'") and a poem by Nashville writer Brad King ("Long Lost Pals," see how they roll).

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THE2NDHAND No. 37.1, featuring Mickey Hess'

THE2NDHAND No. 37.1, featuring Mickey Hess'

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