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Whether it's playing Bridge with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, holding a birthday party for the Dark Lord of Hell, or dealing with a horde of man-eating koala bears, there's always something happening in the quasi-dimensional space of Closet Universe. Closet Universe first appeared in the pages of SEE Magazine, a Canadian urban weekly, where it achieved cult status and an avid readership during its five-year run. This is the first-ever print collection of A.J. Axline's surreal, poignant, and hilarious vignettes. You are cordially invited to step into the realm of Closet Universe... and be sure to take something with you when you leave.
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Oct 15, 2009"In an Infinite Universe, Everything must Exist." This subtitle, redolent of both the obvious and the obscure, also serves as a thesis statement encompassing rather than justifying the wild ride to follow. During essays and yarns alternating between "light" with dark spots and "dark" with light spots, you'll meet Freud, Torquemada, Moses, three of the Four Horsemen (the one's too busy these days to play Bridge), Nixon, a Buddha, the Pariahs of Infinity, and that horde of carnivorous koalas. Among others. Yes, you're invited to Satan's birthday party (bring a gift!), and summoned to a session of the Courts of Chaos (where great care is taken to keep the judge away from his gavel). There's good solid advice on how to greet the New Year. And you'll find out how to make Judas Iscariot really, really mad. "In an Infinite Universe, Everything must Exist." Don't look for an explanation of why this must be true of the Universe; rather, brace for a... More > demonstration of how true it must be. Always respectful yet never reverent, this book is a double-dose roller-coaster of the How, cheerfully refusing the Ferris wheel of the Why. Warning: Not for the faint of brain, nor the dim of wit.< Less
Jan 27, 2006"Closet Universe" I have an affinity for existential musings and satire thereof, so I must admit a favorable bias off the bat. However, the strength of Mr. Axline's book lies not in what it says but how it says it. For instance, there are the carnivorous koala bears. It is a concept made familiar (if not overly so) by Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s rabbit. (“Look at the bones!”) In less adept hands the segment would be merely derivative, but Axline cleverly changes the trope by piling scorn upon his characters. They keep saying the obvious: We’re being mauled by koala bears! And the narrator just can’t live with that sort of redundancy. Well, duh? He seems to say. It is an infinite universe. Get used to it. The story serves as a nice introduction to Mr. Axline’s world, in which the familiar characters of mythology are so busy living (and dying) that it is easy to forget who they were BEFORE they stepped into the closet. The narrator plays cards with the Riders of the... More > Apocalypse, he fights to the death with Baby Time, and he smokes cigars with Death. Closet Universe is preoccupied with the notion that we have inherited a worldview that no longer jives with the world. If he wants to repopulate the universe with hip new myths, Mr. Axline is off to a great start. Todd Heldt, author of Before You Were a Prophet and The Science of Broken People.< Less
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- by A.J. Axline. All Rights Reserved. (Standard Copyright License)
- A.J. Axline
- August 7, 2005
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.76 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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