Michael Martrich is a writer and musician from Pennsylvania who just published his first novel, The Hole in the Den. I was pleased to be asked to provide a blurb. Here’s what I said:
All-American alchemy! With The Hole in the Den, Michael Martrich manages the miraculous transfiguration of youthful suburban memories into something far more mysterious and wise. Incantatory sentences swirl and spin, piling on secrets, smells, glances, rocks and cigarettes, names carved in bark and flashes of jarring erudition. Loss and longing, caught in the gravity well of time and language, cast a spell that imbues hard truths with uncertainty and dreams with the lucid texture of the real.
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For a long time, I’ve been joking about writing a rock ‘n’ roll mystery set in the world of obsessive Phish fans — until the joke sounded more and more like a good idea.
Now I’m putting the finishing touches on The Ashakiran Tape, first in a series of books set at rock concerts called Head Cases. The Ashakiran Tape is set at the June at the June 2–5, 2009 Phish shows at Jones Beach.
I’ve been in Dakar for a month now, and when I happened to break my eReader, it was finally time to write about it. You can read my essay “Third World Problems” on Medium. Discussed: mosquito nets, courier families, the Dakar Club Med, The Neverending Story, The Sheltering Sky, William Gibson’s The Peripheral, books as shelter, Wolof greetings.
I made a great many discoveries during that first year in America, and one of them was the work of Mark Leyner, which I immediately added to our traveling cross-country library. Unlike many of the books I cherished most, his novels – Et tu, Babe and My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist – had only come out recently, but in their wild play with language and pop cultural references, I saw them coming from a clear tradition of writers storming the heavens, afraid of nothing. They were also unmistakably contemporary, and that gave them an additional edge.
Now, this is good news: Atticus Books, an independent press specializing in genre-busting literary fiction, will publish my novel Kino in the spring of 2012.
Kino is the story of a visionary director’s tragic life and his granddaughter’s quest to redeem him. Frederick Barthelme has called the book “an intoxicating Euro-brew, an exhilarating roadster ride through history and time, a remarkable remix of reality and imagination, written with enormous skill and dedication.”
Welcome to my site — I'm glad you're here. I’m a writer, editor, translator, traveler, web designer, photographer, critic, storytelling consultant, and social entrepreneur. I’ve published two novels and a book of film criticism, launched Germany's first online literary journal, founded the writers' community Fictionaut, and started West Africa's first vegetarian food service. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. in English. I've lived in New York City, New Orleans, Mississippi, Wiesbaden, Germany, and the Dominican Republic, and currently divide my time between Dakar and Berlin.