Foreword by Ariane Zurcher, Huffington Post blogger
“Working 13 years with students who are diagnosed with severe autism, my colleagues and I have often wanted to visualize and better understand what our students were seeing, feeling and thinking. Judy Endow’s Painted Words takes us on a picturesque journey into the mind of one autistic person through her vivid and breathtaking paintings and sculptures while also explaining in detailed description and poetry what she sees and, via sensory, how she experiences it. Helpful suggestions for working with individuals on the spectrum open a treasure box of insights. Having this ‘backstage pass’ into autism will be priceless for educators, parents and individuals on the autism spectrum.”—Joanna L. Keating-Velasco, educator, and author of A is for Autism, F is for Friend: A Kid’s Book for Making Friends with a Child Who Has Autism.
“Judy Endow combines her art, poetry, and prose to create a thought-provoking book of self-discovery that viscerally captures the essence of a world which only few experience—a world of subtle beauty that can turn too bright, loud, and overwhelming. The practical advice at the end of each chapter has helped me understand and be a better parent to my autistic child. Painted Words is a book to read, reread and share with other parents, educators, physicians, and therapists so they too can learn to appreciate the autistic experience. I’m buying it for all of my friends!”—Debra Hosseini, author of The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions.
“Judy gives us a compelling view into her world through words crafted on the page, connected with images that illustrate her experience of being autistic. She encourages the neurotypical world to change their perceptions and assumptions about people with autism, to ask ourselves questions. Painted Words challenges our thinking, leading us to examine beyond what we see on the surface. Your view of autism is bound to shift after experiencing autism through Judy’s words and paintings.”—Maureen Bennie, Director, Autism Awareness Centre, Inc. (www.autismawarenesscentre.com).
“By sharing her paintings and poetry in Painted Words, Judy Endow provides rare insight into a person with autism, including her heightened sensory awareness, her need to establish predictability, her social needs, and much more. This captivating book tempts the reader to learn more about the uniqueness of autism and its neurological impact. Judy shares her experiences, asks thoughtful questions, and challenges the reader, by putting words and visuals to her early childhood. She provides her vision of the world, and her perspective will flood you with emotions and leave you looking through fresh lenses at those with autism. Painted Words is a wonderful gift to us so-called neurotypicals. We may very well feel like we are the ones that are lacking and, thus, not measuring up. Using her own words, I summarize Judy’s contribution with this book by saying, ‘The girl her mastery shows!’”—Danette Schott, M.A., executive editor, special-ism.com.
“Judy Endow has long been one of my finest and clearest teachers when it comes to understanding autism. In Painted Words, Judy takes me into a new, deeper comprehension of her experience of autism using the mediums of poetry, prose and visual expression via her paintings. Her strong activist voice takes no prisoners, requiring me to examine how my own neurotypical arrogance can be a contraindicator in forming relationships with those in my life with autism. This strength is juxtaposed by the clarity of Judy’s paintings, which provides both visual representation and softness, entering my consciousness in a manner completely different than the words that accompany and explain. Judy’s ability to use her own experience to provide ideas and strategies for working with others is a treasure which she shares in each section of the book. Painted Words is a book that will appeal to autistics and neurotypicals alike, as we move forward to bridge the differences in how we experience the world to forge relationships and create better lives for those we love with autism.”—Kate McGinnity, M.S., educational consultant, and co-author of Walk Awhile in My Autism and Lights! Camera! Autism!.
“Judy Endow’s Painted Words is a sensitive and beautiful portal into a life lived with autism. Through evocative paintings and poetry, Judy explores her own experiences and offers invaluable advice to parents, teachers and other professionals who work with people on the autism spectrum. This heartfelt book sparkles and glitters. Highly recommended.”—Jeanette Purkis, author of Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome.
“Judy Endow’s Painted Words is an immersive, artful, and educational experience in understanding autism. Judy reveals her autistic neurology or ‘operating system’ by showing her way of perceiving, thinking, and learning. Painted Words is a step up from autism awareness. It is about understanding and accepting diverse minds.”—Jill Jones, filmmaker, currently researching and producing a documentary about autism and sensory perception (www.spectrumthefilm.com).
“Judy has brilliantly demonstrated her skill as a writer and an artist who proudly lives and loves autism. Her candid words and stunning art light up the spectrum as an example of the endless potential of all autistic people.”—Malcolm Mayfield, specialist/consultant, founder of Autism STAR (Autism Spectrum Training, Advocacy and Recruitment), www.autism-star.com.
“Painted Words takes the reader on an unforgettable journey far beyond written text—to a place where visual imagery dances with poetry to provide an intimate understanding of the world of an autistic. Judy Endow’s powerful use of personal art work, poetry, and written text is a must read for every professional working with individuals on the spectrum.”—Ellen E. Eggen, MS LPC ATR-BC, Art Therapist, Director of Planning and Operations, Common Threads Family Resource Center, Madison, Wisconsin.
“What a wonderful book! In combining her talents in both writing and the visual arts, Judy Endow has given us an intimate look into her life with autism that is informative, engaging, beautiful, and thought-provoking. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book.”—Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., Director of Education, Upper School for the McCarton School, and the Founding Chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR).
“Judy reveals her unique sensory experience in this generous and compassionate offering. Here, as always, her words provide keys to understanding the autism experience. Yet more remarkably, Painted Words reveals her experience through pristine and seminal art images that open the autism experience in ways that words cannot. The vivid colors and textures of her art invite us into her experience. Her ability to define crucial aspects of the autism experience is matched by precise suggestions to guide neurotypical connection and relationship with persons with autism. I hope Painted Words helps you listen and see with new eyes. Prepare to leave misguided conceptions of autism behind you.”—John B. Thomas, M. Ed., educational consultant, and a principal author of TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile (TTAP).
“Painted Words is an especially valuable book because it weaves together, in a single volume, the prose, poetry, art and sculpting skills of the author with autism demonstrating how they interlink, interact and complement each other. That is an interesting experiential venture in its own right. But the book doesn’t stop there. Additionally, the ‘Considerations When Working With Others’ section at the end of each chapter provides very useful and practical advice distilled from all of the above. These useful hints, tips and pearls are easily understood and applied, put forth in a very reader friendly fashion, for anyone wanting to better understand the differences between autistic and neurotypical thinking and behavior.”—Darold Treffert, M.D., author of Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant, and a consultant on the movie Rain Man (www.savantsyndrome.com).
About the Author
Judy Endow, MSW, is an author and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics. She is part of the Wisconsin DPI Statewide Autism Training Team and a board member of both the Autism Society of America, Wisconsin Chapter and the Autism National Committee. In addition, Judy works with the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), a program of the Autism Research Institute. She maintains a private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, providing consultation for families, school districts and other agencies. Besides having autism herself, she is the parent of three now grown sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. Judy’s website is www.judyendow.com.
Foreword by Kathy Kaebisch, MS, CCC-SLP
Supplemental DVD included
“Lights! Camera! Autism! 2 will help educators and parents alike, and support an environment that is proactive and based on each individual’s strengths and needs. The solutions are proven to be successful. I couldn’t wait to go back to my district and share the book with staff and parents.”—Brian Johnson, Student Services Director, Columbus School District, Columbus, Wisconsin.
“Lights! Camera! Autism! 2 is a gift without measure to parents at any stage of their autism journey. A few minutes spent reading and watching and I was able to create a tool that lifts my son’s anxiety, sorts out some of the confusion he faces, and enables both of us to feel successful. This is a resource I will share with every person who plays a role in my son’s life.”—Rebecca Williams, former elementary school teacher, and proud mom of an incredible, unique, loving, and challenging autistic son.
“There is something powerful that happens when the brain gets to watch the body doing something right. The learning sinks in. New behavior sets up with speed. McGinnity, Hammer and Ladson provide concrete examples for helping people ‘see’ better ways to behave by showing us concretely how to improve our instruction.”—David Pitonyak, Ph.D., consultant for people with challenging behaviors and the needs of their friends, family and caregivers (www.dimagine.com).
“These videos offer an innovative way of training people with special needs to encounter new situations. One of the many challenges people with autism and other disabilities face is how to encounter the ‘unknown’ and generalize social rules across situations. Video is a great platform to help a person understand what a new environment will be like, whether it be a new school, a camping trailer, or a playroom.”—Stephen Hinkle, national speaker and disability rights advocate.
“Lights! Camera! Autism! 2 offers tangible and doable approaches to break out of the way things have always been done. Teachers, parents, and individuals with autism have everything to gain from bringing these tools to life.”—Tamar Jacobsohn, MS Ed, autism program support teacher with over 20 years’ experience in early childhood special education.
About the Authors
Kate McGinnity is an experienced classroom teacher and trainer, and nationally recognized consultant in the field of autism.
Sharon Hammer is a master’s level psychotherapist with over 15 years’ experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum.
Lisa Ladson is an educational and behavioral consultant with extensive knowledge in creating innovative intervention programs for students with complex learning challenges.
Illustrations by Allison Fiutak.
Foreword by Carol Quirk, Ed.D., Co-Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education.
“Paula Kluth has done it again! A lively, practical and engaging how-to book on creating inclusion. Her focus is on all of us, teachers, students, staff, principals, district and community members, reminding us that inclusion, as with all social justice, is about joint action and commitment. Tons of practical ideas and examples presented in her inimitable style. Hurrah!”—Anne M. Donnellan, Ph.D., Director of the University of San Diego Autism Institute; Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Paula Kluth’s enthusiasm is contagious and the structure of her new book is revolutionary.”—Barbara Buswell, Executive Director, PEAK Parent Center, Colorado.
“Implementation science at its best. Paula Kluth reminds us of the importance of regularly revisiting our mission to create schools where everyone belongs.”—Mary C. Schuh, Ph.D., National Center on Inclusive Education, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire.
“An outstanding guide, packed with strategies and tips. Paula Kluth has created a remarkable resource for schools and communities that want to renew or improve their inclusive practices.”—Nicole Eredics, Inclusion Specialist (www.theinclusiveclass.com).
About the Author
Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, and advocate dedicated to supporting inclusive education in preschool, elementary, and high schools. Paula is a former special educator who has served as both a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. She is the author or co-author of numerous books on inclusive education including, “You’re Going to Love This Kid!”: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom, and “A Land We Can Share”: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism. Visit her website at www.paulakluth.com.
First time in one volume: Leary and Donnellan’s influential works on autism and sensory-movement differences.
“If we follow the lead offered here we will not only have a model of the discipline we must cultivate, we will also have the support of people with disabilities as full partners in the difficult search for better understanding. Leary and Donnellan carefully note anomalies, irregularities likely to be ignored or explained away in routine practice: irregularities such as the many accommodations people with disabilities and those who care about them have invented beneath the notice of the professionals who ordinarily control their treatment. The authors rigorously deconstruct the myth of mental capacity.”—John O’Brien, author (with Connie Lyle O’Brien) of Members of Each Other: Building community in company with people with developmental disabilities.
“The trend of our best work in behavioral difficulties has been to move from coercion and control to understanding and accommodation. Martha Leary and Anne Donnellan have made a crucial advance with their groundbreaking research.”—Herbert Lovett, author of Learning to Listen: Positive approaches and people with difficult behavior.
“To me, no other researchers/scholars in autism are doing more than these two women to move the field forward and to help us offer the most humane, gentle, and appropriate supports possible to those with sensory and movement problems. Bravo, Martha and Anne!”—Paula Kluth, Ph.D., author of “You’re Going to Love This Kid!”: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom.
“This book is a MUST! Changed my life and my approach to how I interact with my students. Every educator should devour this book. And every family member of a person with autism should DEFINITELY read it!”—Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed., founder, Ability Awareness in Action (www.abilityawareness.com).
About the Authors
Martha R. Leary, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech and Language Pathologist who has learned from people with autism and their supporters and their families for over 30 years. She has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and England. Her highly acclaimed writings with David Hill, Jodi Robledo and Anne Donnellan, present alternative ways of viewing the symptoms of sensory and movement differences which may affect our understanding of people with communication differences and unconventional behaviors. Martha continues to learn from people with unusual support needs. She consults with people and their teams through organizations that focus on personalized positive supports.
Anne M. Donnellan, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego as well as Professor Emerita at Wisconsin-Madison. A long-time member of the Professional Advisory Panel of the Autism Society of America, she is also on the Board of the Autism National Committee and active with TASH. She has published some 100 books, articles, chapters and monographs and has lectured throughout the world. She is currently co-host of the Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience special issue, Autism: The Movement Perspective. Her career spans over 40 years of training, research, and advocacy work on behalf of children and adults with communication and behavior challenges.
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CBR Press is proud to present this 50th Anniversary ebook edition of Fisherman’s Beach, the masterful debut novel by the late Wisconsin author and long-time Madison newspaper columnist and radio-host George Vukelich (1927-1995). Originally published in 1962 by St. Martin’s Press, Fisherman’s Beach charts the postwar struggles of a Catholic fishing clan in Two Rivers, Wisconsin headed by a dying patriarch, Old Man LeMere. Often at odds with his Irish wife, his five sons, not to mention his doctor and his priest, LeMere represents a tradition and moral force that seem to be breaking down around him. The 2012 enhanced ebook edition features a Foreword by Wisconsin State Journal columnist Doug Moe and photos of Two Rivers by photographer Thomas J. King. Bonus ebook supplements include biographical and critical essays on George Vukelich and Fisherman’s Beach by August Derleth and James P. Roberts. There are also discussion questions for book clubs and classrooms.
• Listen to Doug Moe and Vince Vukelich talk about Fisherman’s Beach on Wisconsin Public Radio with host Larry Meiller, Dec. 5, 2012.
• Read Doug Moe’s Foreword and an excerpt from Chapter Ten in the May 2012 online issue of Madison Magazine.
• Read an excerpt from Chapter Eleven in Cambridge Book Review (cbr 19 / summer 2012) illustrated with two Thomas J. King photos.
• Look for an excerpt from Chapter Eight in the Spring 2012 issue of Rosebud, available in bookstores and for purchase online.
“I couldn’t be happier that on this, the 50th anniversary of the original publication of Fisherman’s Beach, Cambridge Book Review Press is bringing it to a new generation of readers.”—From the Foreword by Doug Moe, columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, and author of Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team.
“One of the best family novels of our time—not the family novel that moves from one generation to another … but the novel that is the portrait of the family seen at a time of crisis.”—August Derleth.
“This impressive first novel by George Vukelich has all the turbulence, surge, ebb and, sometimes, serenity of the great body of water which is its setting—Lake Michigan … Every character is as true as life.”—The Milwaukee Journal.
Lights! Camera! Autism!
by Kate McGinnity, Sharon Hammer, and Lisa Ladson
Using video technology to enhance lives. Supplemental DVD included.
• Read Paula Kluth’s online interview with the authors.
“Lights! Camera! Autism! challenged me with its many rich ideas, clear and compelling examples, and positive and ever-encouraging voice. It is not only a user-friendly guide, it is also a call to action. Throughout the book, the authors quietly suggest that we think differently about autism and about support. They also show us how to calm, support, encourage, teach, and challenge students with this one simple tool and they compel us to use it often and widely.”—from the Foreword, by Paula Kluth, Ph.D., author of You’re Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching students with autism in the inclusive classroom.
“This is an amazing book. The authors do what so many in the autism industry fail to do: they nest their suggestions in a solid understanding of the literature on sensory-movement differences that people with autism tell us circumscribe their experience and their performance. From iPads to iPhones, Flip videos to skyping, social networking to TV shows, they guide us through example after example of ways to use technology to truly personalize supports and accommodate the unique needs of individual learners in real life situations.”—Anne M. Donnellan, Ph.D., Director of the University of San Diego Autism Institute; Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“It is essential for self-advocates, professionals and family members to have consistent access to learning technology information that is evolving faster than one can keep up with. This person-centered, wonderful book clearly accomplishes just that. I couldn’t put it down and you won’t either. Lights! Camera! Autism! heralds a new realm of achieving learner participation in the classroom and the community.”—Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D., National-Louis University, Chicago, author of From Disability to Possibility: The power of inclusive classrooms, and co-author with Paula Kluth of three books, You’re Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale, and Pedro’s Whale.
“A must-have for all who want to work with, rather than work on, people with autism differences, supporting them to be all they wish to be in this world. Lights! Camera! Autism! explains how to use the power of visual technology across environments in an easy to read, pick-up-and-implement format.”—Judy Endow, MSW, author of Making Lemonade: Hints for autism’s helpers, and Paper Words: Discovering and living with my autism.
“Arguably the most extensive, readable, and clearly written book on using video technology for individuals on the autism spectrum.”—Jane Pribek, parent, and Events Coordinator, Autism Society of Wisconsin.
“An invaluable reference tool and guide for anyone wanting to support and empower individuals with autism at home, in school, and in the community.”—Michael D. Shoultz, Ph.D, educational and behavioral consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field of autism.
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“Summer of the Cinetherapist” was a runner-up in the 2011 Wisconsin People & Ideas short story contest and subsequently appeared in Rosebud Magazine (Autumn 2011).
by Rod Clark / Illustrations by Spencer Walts
Rod Clark’s visionary science-fiction micro-novel, first published by CBR Press in 2000, is back in print in a 2011 second-printing and an enhanced Kindle ebook.
• Read the Fact Sheet: The “Redshift: Greenstreem” Prophesies.
• Listen to Rod Clark read a passage from Redshift: Greenstreem:
“Cambridge’s CBR Press has just reissued the short, punchy and funny sci-fi ‘micro-novel’ Redshift: Greenstreem by Cambridge resident Rod Clark. First published in 2000, it’s an unapologetically geeky piece of futuristic sci-fi set in 2093 Los Angeles, in a world where what we quaintly refer to as ‘the 99 percent’ have been enslaved by debt and inflation. These consumer drones inhabit ‘Redshift,’ an area where their whimsical desires, fanned by a constant stream of advertising, can be transformed against their will into binding agreements to purchase. Redshift presents a satirically exaggerated dystopia, but one that pointedly resembles our own here and now. Wonky appendices hark back to other sci-fi classics like 1984 and A Clockwork Orange, but Redshift is more intent—if only slightly—on tickling your funnybone than giving you nightmares.”—Stephanie Bedford, The Capital Times.
“The book is being touted as ‘a minor cult classic,’ and having just purchased and read a copy I can see why. It has much to say about the present economic crisis (about which it is highly prescient) and about the need for something like the Occupy Wall Street movement that is currently sweeping the nation. Say what you will about the merits of these occupations, the need for concern that they highlight—over the wildly increasing gap between rich and poor both at home and abroad—seems hard to seriously question. Maybe, by some creative mix of rhetoric and protest, we can still save our children and grandchildren from the ill fate prophesied in Clark’s dystopian narrative.”—Brett Alan Sanders, writer, literary translator (most recently of Passionate Nomads by María Rosa Lojo).
“Rod Clark’s sci-fi satire of the economic and financial universe is more relevant than ever since the housing bubble crash and the emergence of the Great Recession, including even his independent invention of ‘econophysics,’ which has become a real scientific discipline inspiring hosts of wonky traders, some of whom played key roles in the recent crashes.” — John Barkley Rosser, Jr., mathematical economist and Professor of Economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, known for his advanced work in nonlinear economic dynamics, including applications in economics of catastrophe theory, chaos theory, and complexity theory.
“In Redshift: Greenstreem master wordsmith Rod Clark trains his sights on our acquisitive society, vividly imagining a fearsome future world. It’s a fascinating read that leaves us with a rich feast for thought.”—X.J. Kennedy, former poetry editor for The Paris Review, and the author of An Introduction to Poetry.
“Rod Clark has one of the most unique voices I have ever encountered. I still quote some of his political insights years later. To have him write political science-fiction is both appropriate and intriguing.”—Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo Award-winning writer, and former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Walk Awhile in My Autism
by Kate McGinnity and Nan Negri
A manual of sensitivity presentations to promote understanding of people on the autism spectrum.
“This wonderful book lives up to the high standards I have come to expect from Kate McGinnity and Nan Negri—creative, thoughtful, sensitive, current and practical. A must for every parent, every professional and every child who lives with autism. Buy it. Read it. Love it.”—Anne M. Donnellan, Ph.D., Director of the University of San Diego Autism Institute, and Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I especially liked the quotes from people with autism, Planet Autism [page 34], and the visual, auditory and tactile exercises to simulate the sensory problems of people with autism. The main thing is all the exercises people can do so teachers, parents, and others can experience how a person with autism senses and feels the world.”—Temple Grandin, Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, and Thinking in Pictures.
Making Lemonade: Hints for Autism’s Helpers
by Judy Endow
“This collection is a beautiful and complex expression of what it is to know autism from the inside out. These poems are more than moving, they are instructive and teach much about how to support, listen, and appreciate.”—Paula Kluth, Ph.D., author of You’re Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching students with autism in the inclusive classroom.
“Autism has many faces and ‘ARTism’ is surely one of them. Judy Endow captures the fluid world of the autistic person with ‘artism,’ so naturally compelled by a world of pattern, theme and feel. This natural alternative ‘normality’ is one of the most misunderstood ‘functionally non-verbal’ worlds of cognitively different people. Judy playfully addresses her audience through a middle world where the language of ‘artism’ is those with autism can borrow the interpretive words of the mainstream world to build bridges and entice and invite them to respectfully do likewise.”—Donna Williams, bestselling author of Nobody Nowhere and Autism and Sensing: The Unlost Instinct.
“Throughout human history the really important stuff of life has not found its place in prose, in ordinary discourse. Art and music and poetry have helped bridge the gap. Yet, people who live with significant differences have seldom been allowed to sing their song or share their art except in a limited space called ‘special’ meaning ‘other.’ Judy Endow has given us a book from her heart and from her experience that is truly extraordinary. Her beautiful poetry lets us join her in her unique life journey and wonder from whence she drew the strength and the courage to keep from letting her autism define her and her life. And with her words she offers a way to redefine autism and those who have been burdened with labels and places of otherness to see them as one with us. Read this book. It’s wonderful.”—Anne M. Donnellan, Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego; Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and author (with Martha R. Leary) of Autism: Sensory-Movement Differences and Diversity (CBR Press 2012).
“I’ve had the honor of hearing Judy speak at several autism institutes geared at educators over the past several years. One book she shared with us is Making Lemonade, her first publication. Judy read poems from this book that artistically describes what it feels like to live with autism: getting stuck in moments everyday, interpreting language literally and dealing with sensory input that is inescapable in our world. Her positive outlook to deal with the ‘lemons’ life offers is of course, ‘to make lemonade!’ This is a must-read for those who work with individuals on the spectrum.”—Carrie Heinbuch Anciaux, photographer, carrieanciauxblog.com.
Two English Girls and the Continent
by Henri-Pierre Roché (trans. Walter Bruno)
“Finally the English-speaking world can see what inspired François Truffaut to make one of his best films. How wonderful to finally have Henri-Pierre Roché’s Two English Girls in translation!”—Annette Insdorf, author of François Truffaut, and Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University.
Henri-Pierre Roché (1879-1959) had a Zelig-like ability for inserting himself into auspicious cultural moments. Time and again he emerges as a felicitous footnote abetting major 20th century artists and artistic movements. It is Roché, for example, who is credited with arranging the initial meeting between Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso in Paris in 1905. A decade later, in New York City, it is Roché—along with his friend Marcel Duchamp—who published The Blind Man, a short-lived but influential magazine heralding the arrival of Dada in America.
Roché was in his seventies when he reinvented himself as a novelist. The result was two vibrant autobiographical fictions. Jules and Jim (1953) took as its backdrop Roché’s early Paris years as a bohemian aesthete in the era of the First World War. Two English Girls and the Continent (1956) goes back further in time, to the turn of the century, and relates Roché’s sexual awakening and his complex romantic involvement with two English sisters. French New Wave filmmaker François Truffaut adapted the novels into movies in 1961 and 1971 respectively.
• Read more about Truffaut’s film adaptation of Two English Girls on our blog.
“We see stimulants from caffeine to cocaine, alcohol and marijuana to nicotine. His characters glean intelligence (however wacky, artificial, or genius) and courage from their personal favorite highs. In a rather dark interpretation, I often felt as though many of his characters were on a bumpy ride to suicide. Yet, just when we are shaking our heads at them, Wake surprised me with his unfaltering wit and I laughed my fears away. After all, this is human spirit he is so masterfully portraying …”—Tracy Walczak, BookLovers.
“Caffeine is a book of constant surprises. In this collection of linked stories set in south-central Wisconsin, Wake sets before us the confusions of life in yuppie heaven. And he does so with tough love, and a wit which will have you laughing wickedly along. Bob Wake has a great sense of where he lives, Madison, Wisconsin, postmodern America. I, for one, look forward to continuing words from this bright writer.”—Jim Stevens, editor of The Journey Home: The Literature of Wisconsin Through Four Centuries.
“The range shown by Bob Wake in creating this series of interconnected, readable stories that stand well on their own is a considerable accomplishment. Reading Caffeine & Other Stories is like being a kid again and reaching into a grab bag at a rich friend’s birthday party: you can’t know what you are going to get, but you can be sure it’s going to be damn good.”—Chris Lott, Eclectica.
“Bob Wake writes likes Ralph Steadman draws: a few choice words and boom! there’s a real, living, breathing character… Caffeine and Other Stories kicks ass, rocks hard, and leaves you wanting more.”—Marie Mundaca, Erupture.
• Read the title story, “Caffeine,” online.
Shrine of the Tooth Fairy
by John Lehman
• Listen to John Lehman reading “Clark Street Rag” from Shine of the Tooth Fairy:
“John Lehman’s Shrine of the Tooth Fairy won me over immediately, and I bet you’ll love it too. Start with the title poem or with ‘Del’s Supper Club,’ with the city landscapes and vivid portraits of ‘Just Breakfast’ or ‘Clark Street Rag,’ with the rich humor of ’3 Big Dogs in a Convertible’—or just plunge in anywhere. In Lehman’s keen, fresh view, ordinary things can amaze. Again and again, we’re startled to recognize what we always had known, but hadn’t been aware of before.”—X. J. Kennedy, former poetry editor for The Paris Review, and the author of An Introduction to Poetry.