Instant Karma by Mark Swartz

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Instant Karma is a novel in the form of a diary written by an overzealous reader who daily browses the stacks of the Chicago Public Library in search of connections between obscure volumes, scrupulously footnoting his research, which seems to argue for the conspiracy of terrorism and art. Soon he begins to prepare his magnum opus—blowing up the library that he loves.

Alternating between sweeping pronouncements on art and society, and self-mocking accounts of the day’s humiliations, the diarist distills a sizable card catalogue of disparate books to fuel the destructive madness in his heart.

Mark Swartz is a writer from Chicago now living in Brooklyn. He works for the Museum of Modern Art as a copywriter and editor.


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Mark Swartz is the author of Artists, a reference book published by Gale Research in 2001. As a writer on arts and culture, he has contributed to the Chicago Reader and the New Art Examiner, and his fiction and satire have been published in Chelsea, the Mississippi Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail. He currently works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Brooklyn. Swartz is 33 years old.
Published October 1, 2002 by City Lights Publishers. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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David Edgar Felsenstein is the imaginative but disturbed first-person narrator who lays out his plan and ambitions as a series of diary entries in which he freely quotes from books and subjects that draw his interest, including the story of Guy Fawkes, Buddhist writings, the novels of Thomas Pync...

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