Connecting The Dots To Shangrila: a postmodern cultural Hx of America is a poetic memoir of maxims and manifestos, intertwining themes of society and culture, the psychodynamics of damage in abnormal psychology, the dysfunctional family unit, role-playing in the workplace and psychosocial environment — sometimes from the point-of-view of a social worker, sometimes a 'wasted and wired' husband or father, and more times than not, a desperate, diehard poet, exploring the absurd and excessive forms of postmodern America.

‍About ‍the ‍Author:

‍Joseph ‍Reich ‍has ‍been ‍published ‍in ‍a ‍wide ‍variety ‍of ‍eclectic ‍literary ‍journals ‍both ‍here ‍and ‍abroad ‍and ‍is ‍a ‍six ‍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,The ‍Housing ‍Market: ‍a ‍comfortable ‍place ‍to ‍jump ‍off ‍the ‍end ‍of ‍the ‍world ‍and ‍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). ‍Reich ‍is ‍a ‍social ‍observer, ‍something ‍of ‍a ‍thief-scholar ‍and ‍wanderer ‍constantly ‍lingering ‍(disenfranchised) ‍just ‍outside ‍culture, ‍describing ‍a ‍strange ‍strip ‍mall ‍society ‍in ‍all ‍its ‍distorted, ‍brainwashed, ‍ritualistic, ‍delusional ‍splendor.

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