for Rob Couteau's novel, Doctor Pluss:
beautiful, haunting prose. It's a great book."
A Biography of Paul Bowles
Writers in Paris
Press / Bloomsbury)
freshness, richness and potency ...
An impressively creative writer, whom Barney Rosset urged me to
(with Ron Kolm; Autonomedia)
from his Evergreen
Doctor Pluss and
begins with Couteau's journey to the city of his distant ancestors.
There, he lived a dream: to successfully expatriate to France. In
this and in the epistolary memoir, Letters from Paris, we have
a chronicle that is earthy and Rabelaisian as well as reflective and
philosophical. It includes portraits of an often bizarre mentalité
française; the expatriate's struggle to master his creative form;
and contemplations on art, literature, and culture. Meditations on
spirituality and mysticism alternate with erotic cameos rendered in
a droll, sophisticated yet vaudevillian manner.
* * *
from The Paris Journals:
Interview with Shakespeare & Co.'s George Whitman
was born in Brooklyn, NY, and studied fine arts at the State University
of New York, at New Paltz. In the mid-1980s he was director of
a nonprofit agency that provided advocacy, housing, and counselling
for former psychiatric patients, in New York City. In
1985 he won the Fourth Annual
North American Essay Award,
a competition open to writers throughout North America and sponsored
by the American Humanist Association. He has published
poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews in such publications as The
Alembic; Anima; Arete; Bloomsbury Review; Cadillac Cicatrix; Chrysalis;
Colere; Confluent Educational Journal; Croton Review; The European;
Footwork; The Garden State; The Hawaii Pacific Review; Heavenbone;
The Humanist; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; Lapis;
Lift Magazine; New Leaves Review; The Paris Voice; Passager; Quantum;
Raintaxi; Rockhurst Review; Spring; Venice Magazine; Versitude;
West Hills Review; White Pelican Review; Xanadu; and Z
After living in Paris for twelve years, he returned to the U.S.
in December 2000. He currently resides in upstate New York.