Reviews

“Having lived through the same time in the same place in the same neighborhoods and known some of the same people and felt some of the same things, I marvel at the uncanny accuracy of these reflections and reminiscences described as fiction as if the fiction arose in clear water as the essence of a time and sensibility and aspiration peculiar to an America that is not lost but flickers in every generation somewhere like a windblown seed, happening to flicker in SF in the 1980s but flickering now somewhere, who knows where, the American spirit of heart-quest and desperation, lostness seeking foundness, art scenes and rural nobodys circling each other asking: Are you my tribe? Are you the ones I have been seeking in my dream-fueled wandering?” –Cary Tennis, columnist, workshop leader, and author of Finishing School: The Happy Ending to that Writing Project You Can’t Seem to Get Done.

“Another quality that’s particularly admirable about this book, to me, is the range of readers that it might conceivably attract. For those who are just beginning to read contemporary fiction, or who have had trouble for whatever reason coming to grips with writing that pushes the envelope a bit further than the first-person confessional narrative style popularized by writers like Kerouac, Bukowski, Miller, etc., ad infinitum, this book may be a good introduction to a more experimental approach to writing; one that—due to the specific circumstances of its authorship—allows the reader to expand their horizons along with the writer. And for those of us who can’t get enough of envelope-pushing, too, there is much to be had in Poison and Antidote.”  –J. de Salvo, The Oakland Review blog

“Lee Foust’s Poison and Antidote serves as a capsule of place and time. Depicting the Bohemian art scene of 1980s San Francisco, the nine stories of Foust’s collection captures the writers, musicians, drug addicts, and all-around lost and worn out denizens of the Reaganomics and punk rock era with a spiteful and yet, ironically nostalgic depiction. At times funny, macabre, sad or combination of the three, Poison and Antidote is the work of a rebel author at the height of his rebellion” –Graham Hacia

“Without doubt, you have captured the yearning, the chaos, the counterculture, the implausible dreams, the music . . . and yes, sad to report, the addictions that fried so many young people. And yet, many came out the other side, a little the worse for wear and scarred a bit, but still alive and future bound!”  –LeRoy Chatfield  /  Publisher  /  Syndic Literary Journal

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