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501 Minutes to Christ: Personal Essays

by Poe Ballantine

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There is something about Ballantine's style that is so honest and refreshing. These essays get repetitive, and tend to blend together, but they are good short examples of the impressive gift that Ballantine has for making his life's mundanity interesting. He continually astonishes with his colorful and inventive way of describing the most minute details of daily life. I had read all of these before in some form or other in the magazine the Sun, and perhaps they don't hold up quite as well to a second reading, but the heart is there and Ballantine's existential angst remains poignant. I've discussed him with a friend as one of the authors whose works might age very favorably after his death. He certainly portrays better than almost anyone the absurdity and pointlessness of 21st century man's existence in a world overrun by materialism. These portrayals could very well provide an important clue for future generations to the underlying dissatisfaction of a society that had everything but still wasn't happy. ( )
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Poe Ballantine’s second collection of personal essays follows, and expands on, his acclaimed Things I Like About America. Ballantine’s world is a crazy quilt of odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer, rendered in the author’s by turns absurd and poignant voice. “The Irving” briskly details the author’s diabolic plan to punch John Irving in the nose after opening for him before an audience of 2,000 people at the prestigious Wordstock Festival. “Wide-Eyed in the Gaudy Shop” takes readers on a wild ride through Mexico as Ballantine meets and marries his wife Christina. “Blessed Meadows for Minor Poets” offers a devastating take on the author’s life as his years of struggle to secure a major contract for a short story collection end in catastrophe. The writer the Seattle Times called “part Huck Finn, part Hunter S. Thompson” brings a blistering wit and shrewd observation to this composite portrait of an unconventional life.

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DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 2007, POE BALLANTINE'S second collection of personal essays follows in the tradition of Things I Like About America. Stories range from "The Irving," which details Mr. Ballantine's diabolical plan to punch John Irving in the nose after opening for him before an audience of 2,000 people that launched the literary festival, Wordstock; to "Wide-Eyed in the Gaudy Shop," which tells how, in Mexico, the narrator met and later married his wife, Cristina; to "Blessed Meadows for Minor Poets," the devastating tale of how after years of sacrifice and persi.… (more)

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