Not So Fast
Wednesday, March 11, 7pm
Right wing movements, real estate operators.
Showman in the White House, ethics out the window.
Coming of age in the 1980s.
Not So Fast opens up a new avenue for auto-fiction, turning the clock back to the 1980s and unearths the roots of the current American insanity. Mark, our narrator, crosses paths with insurance scammers, Afghan freedom fighters and literary luminaries as a U.S. President leads a worldwide right-wing resurgence, terrorists strike European capitals, and Wall Street schemers turn anything they can get their hands on into moneymaking opportunities. With crystalline narration and expert dialogue, Not So Fast returns us to the era, chronicling the anxieties and amorous adventures of a group of friends raised by fathers formed under the mid-century code of unemotive machismo and mothers anesthetizing themselves to put up with it. Kamine’s vivid thumbnail portraits capture the era’s young seekers and strivers as they encounter lawless lawyers, dishonest doctors and opportunistic while traversing the blighted West, the crack-and-commerce swamped streets of New York, and the scenic landscapes of small-town France. A famous novelist and renowned literary guru are among those caught in Kamine’s hilariously deadpan net, all of it adding up to a capsule portrait of a generation.
Mark Kamine has written for the The Believer, the Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Book Review. He works in the film business, where he has been an executive or co-producer on 21 Bridges, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and other movies.
"In chaste, beautifully controlled prose Mark Kamine’s Not So Fast stakes its claim in the fluid borderlands of auto-fiction and memoir and achieves it, resonantly. The book is a deadpan punch to the heart." Eli Gottlieb, author of Best Boy and The Boy Who Went Away