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Film festivals. Disruptive elections. Train wrecks. Suburban cults. Empty mansions. Digital dating.
In Halftone, new author James Wolf uses a lavish and broad stroke of fiction and non-fiction to discuss feelings of worth, fears for the future, and visions of a new Americana in six stories / essays.
In a buckshot-style prose scattering across a wide breadth of genre, Wolf's writings are both touching and hard-nosed, blunt yet pastoral - they are deliciously entertaining and wholly necessary. For those unfamiliar with Wolf, these stories give perspective on a young writer's voice as he questions the changing (or stubbornly unchanging) world: What does it mean to be an "outsider" at a festival that celebrates "independence"? What does it mean to reject a political identity that was assigned to you from birth, and how does it feel to be the butt of a joke you don't understand? How does one cope with misery in a time that documents your every moment, and how do we mutually grow with someone without feeling that innate connection other generations have gone on and on about? How can we calculate pain in such a way as to detach ourselves from the inevitable, and what does that have to do with a train going 20 miles too fast around a corner? What does it feel like to get punched in the nose, and how do we express that we really love it? How does one “start” writing after finishing a project that consumed them entirely? Or, more importantly, how do we begin again?
All these pieces are compiled from collections that Wolf has published over the course of the last 3 years independently, and now come to you, read by the author himself.