F a group of idealistic blissed out and not so bright Haight Ashbury hippies Kosmic BluesFrom a certain distance these are all comic stories but many end ominously with sudden storms a lightning bolt a mushroom cloud over the Nevada desert or the passing of a bag lady pushing a shopping cart The characters are often pathetic in their self delusions while wringing at the same time some sympathy from us for the limited resources that have left them ill euipped and unprepared for misfortune Out of print but well #Worth Finding A CopyAlso #finding a copyAlso Dave Hickey Prior Convictions and Larry McMurtry s anthology Still Wild Short Fiction of the American West 1950 the Present. Sometimes comic but always extraordinary situations Hauptman creates characters who are walking the tightrope of human relationship. ,
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Ifting unemployed or otherwise in a slow dance with disaster A long haired railway man takes up stormchasing and spends a hair raising day in dangerous pursuit of funnel clouds Stormchaser Another is drawn to hang gliding at the wrong time in his life by a friend who works as a movie stuntman A newly divorced broke and down on his luck actor in New York Struggles To Preserve struggles to preserve dignity by being a conscientious father to his three ear old daughter MoonwalkingThere #are two memory pieces one about a gifted geologist father unable to prevent a dark willfulness from ruining a successful career #two memory pieces one about a gifted geologist father unable to prevent a dark willfulness from ruining a successful career Desert Another hints at the coming crash after the hallucinogenic highs Redictable and written with an original eye here are tales of ordinary people who find themselves caught up in sometimes desperate. Better known for his Broadway credits Big River author Hauptman has written in this collection a brace of Reagan era stories set variously in Texas Manhattan Wyoming Arizona and California Three of the stories are broadly comical including the title story about an Elvis impersonator and another Hands Across America about a north #Texas family participating gamely in that long Forgotten Benevolent Event Meanwhile benevolent event Meanwhile Town follows two Texans to roughnecking #family participating gamely in that long forgotten benevolent event Meanwhile Boom Town follows two Texans to roughnecking in Gillette Wyoming where they attempt to cut costs by living in an open fieldThe rest of the stories are edgier and darker typically about oung men in difficult or nonexistent relationships with women and dr. Tony Award winning playwright Hauptman serves up diverse slices of Americana in his first collection of short stories Inventive unp.