to move my life in a more positive direction in general,
and in particular to move into The Complex, one of
those new, all-inclusive apartments subsidized by various
corporations, in this case by Kool Kola. The Complex
is not just a series of apartments, it’s a kind of village
that Hillary Clinton might say “it takes.” Perhaps I see
myself as a child needing growth, if not a grown man
needing to be born again...
In search of meaningful connection,
Clayton Draper moves into The Complex,
an Austin residential development
sponsored by Kool Kola. There he comes
face-to-face with new modes of self-
absorption and a rampant materialism
he can’t resist. In his journal entries, he
looks for guidance from Schopenhauer,
Snagglepuss, Aldous Huxley, Howlin’ Maggie,
The Flintstones, Willa Cather, Winston
Churchill, the voice of God, and many others.
He quits his job, treks to Paris and back,
and wrestles with a feral cat, while struggling
with a sniping nemesis and a way too
A sharp, quick-paced debut,
full of erudite irreverence.
Join Rob at BookPeople in Austin on November 27 at 7:00pm.
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Rob Reynolds has published short fiction widely,
including in the anthology You Have Time for This:
Contemporary American Short-Short Stories.
He’s a former contributing associate and
contributing editor of the Harvard Review
and Boston Book Review. He lives in Austin, TX.