The Housing Market

The Housing Market:

a comfortable place to jump off the end of the world

In Joseph Reich’s most recent social and cultural, contemporary satire

of suburbia entitled, “The Housing market: a comfortable place to jump

off the end of the world,” the author addresses the absurd, postmodern

elements of what it means, or for that matter not, to try and cope and

function, and survive and thrive, or live and die in the repetitive and

existential, futile and self-destructive, homogenized, monochromatic

landscape of a brutal and bland, collective unconscious, which can

spiritually result in a gradual wasting away and erosion of the senses

or conflict and crisis of a desperate, disproportionate ‘situational

depression,’ triggering and leading the narrator to feel constantly

abandoned and stranded, more concretely or proverbially spoken,

“the eternal stranger,” where when caught between the fight or

flight psychological phenomena, naturally repels him and causes

him to flee and return without him even knowing it into the wild,

while by sudden circumstance and coincidence discovers it

surrounds the illusory-like circumference of these selfsame

Monopoly board cul-de-sacs and dead ends. Most specifically,

what can happen to a solitary, thoughtful, and independent

thinker when being stagnated in the triangulation of a cookie-

cutter, oppressive culture of a homeowner’s association; A

memoir all written in critical and didactic, poetic stanzas

and passages, and out of desperation, when freedom and

control get taken, what he is forced to do in the illusion

of ‘free will and volition,’ something like the derivative

art of a smart and ironic and social and cultural satire.

Cultural Study

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Joseph Reich has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad and is a four time Pushcart Prize nominee. His most recent books include, A Different Sort Of Distance (Skive Magazine Press), If I Told You To Jump Off The Brooklyn Bridge (Flutter Press), Pain Diary: Working Methadone & The Life & Times Of The Man Sawed In Half (Brick Road Poetry Press), Drugstore Sushi (Thunderclap Press), The Derivation Of Cowboys & Indians (Fomite Press) The Housing Market: a comfortable place to jump off the end of the world (Fomite Press), The Hole That Runs Through Utopia (Fomite Press), and Taking The Fifth And Running With It: a psychological guide for the hard of hearing and blind (Broadstone Books)

Joseph D. Reich