Lloyd has a particular set of skills. He writes the small print for prescription drugs, marital aids, and incontinence products. The clients present him with a list of possible side effects. His job is "to recite and minimize" sometimes by just saying them really fast and other times by finding the language that can render them acceptable. The results are ingenious. The methods diabolical.
Lloyd has a habit, too. He cops smack during coffee breaks at his new job writing copy for Christian Swingles, an online dating service for the faithful. He finds a precarious balance between hackwork and heroin until he encounters Nora, a mysterious and troubled young woman, a Sylvia Plath with tattoos and implants, who asks for his help.
Lloyd falls swiftly in love, but Nora bestows her affections at a cost. Before Lloyd clears his head from the fog of romance, he finds himself complicit in Nora's grand scheme to horrify the world and exact revenge on those who poison the populace in order to sell them the cure.
©2013 Jerry Stahl (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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"Pretty damn good"
Decent dopehead tale. decent cultural satire. definitely worth a read/listen. still a big Jerry Stahl fan. better than any episode of Alf I've ever seen. keep it up man.
"wow. that's really all I can say"
one of the best stories I have heard in a long time. definitely going to look up the rest of his stuff now
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