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Crashing Out In The Alphabets
by Garrett L Diamond   

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Publisher:  1stbooks.com ISBN-10:  0759609241 Type: 
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185

Copyright:  Feb 1 2001
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Exploding with sex, engulfed in violence, Garrett Diamond's breakout novel "Crashing Out in the Alphabets" is a perverse, often hilarious tour de force. An apocalyptic portrait of one man's descent into madness, "Crashing" will undoubtedly delight as many as it will horrify.

New York City animator Kevin Nelson likes to drink cheap booze, have sex and wander the seedy streets of the East Village. He also likes power. It's the latter that eventually brings him down... Crashing out in the Alphabets opens with a glimpse of life in New York through Kevin's increasingly sick eyes. He meets Lucy Brown, a crack whore; their bond is booze, drugs and vicious sex. When she dies of a cocaine overdose, Kevin is crushed. Lucy's death sends Kevin into a tailspin. He walks the streets with her ashes in a plastic baggie, he tries to fish in the filthy East River, he does a stint in the drunk tank. Through it all, though, he manages to keep his standards high at Cartoon City, the animation company where he works. But slowly he tires of his bosses and their control. He wants to rule the show at Cartoon City, he wants to make his own short film, and he wants nothing to stand in his way. Booze-addled, he begins killing his way to the top. His first boss takes a bullet in the head during an afternoon jog. The replacement is done in by horse tranquilizers in her coffee. Kevin is reaching his goals, but his mind is fraying. And just when he needs what's left of his sanity to pull off his murderous jag, two new characters enter his life: Sarah, a red-headed beauty he thinks is his salvation, and Bill, a co-worker with reasons to bring Kevin down. With both in tow and a 40 oz. of malt liquor in hand, Kevin careens toward his destruction... Excerpt
Kevin undoes his belt. “Hey!” Lawrence says. “While you’re at it why don’t you just make yourself at home!”

“Home, that’s where you stroke your cock or fuck your women or bitch,” Kevin says. This ain’t my place. I don’t see my name on the door. It’s a nice offer, but I don’t want to impose. Plus I have to take out the trash.”

Lawrence glances at Kevin, doesn’t move. “When it comes right down to it, Kevin, you are such a fuckin romantic when it comes to being smashed. You are the master.”

“You think?” Kevin asks. He passes gas.

“Man, Kevin, this city is so crazy. Everyone with a cell phone, e-mail.”

“I know. It’s like, write a letter? Use a pay phone? Right. You know, I was on the subway, right, and this guy had a beef with me but he chilled. But still, that’s fucked up, you know?”

“It ain’t right.”

“This city is a Monster, Lawrence. It can take a bite out of you and make you bleed, or it can be a vast wonderland at times. That’s why I do what I do. I am an evil demon among the evil demons. I’m no different than a roach on your floor, but what makes me different is a give a fuck. I’ll be halfway out of your window looking down. I crawl on the bottom with the sewer rats.”

Kevin is very drunk. He’s swaying.

“I know,” Lawrence says. “It’s wicked. I know they are wicked. That’s why I stay in and write. It’s a salvation. I want to meet a nice girl that’s not fucked in the head. That’s warm, that wants to fuck, to suck, to kiss, that kisses my mouth, my cock with passion. Not a hard bitch scared on the rag. Or scared about what her fuckin friend Mary or Judy might say. Or one that doesn’t care that you have a six-figure bank account to fuck her slot and slide in.”

Kevin is smoking, taking big puffs. “I know. We’ll keep rotting ‘til we see the light, Lawrence, the rainbow behind the smut.”

“You’re right, Kevin. We will.”

“Well, look, L, I’m going to hit the road. We’ll talk soon. Thanks for letting me take a leg off.”

“No problem. Any time.”

They hit their fists together, hug and slap each other on the back. The door closes. Kevin gets home and throws his shoes off. He goes to the bath and takes a leak. Then lays his head to rest.






Professional Reviews

Crashing Out The Alphabets
Robert de Niro near the end of Taxi Driver. Michael Douglas in Falling Down. Portraits of men pushed to the edge of extreme violence in the crowded apathy and bustle of the city. Artist, musician and author Garrett Diamond takes that idea to new heights -- or, more aptly, depths -- in his debut novel, Crashing Out in the Alphabets. Forget about pushing the envelope of acceptability that is mainstream fiction. Diamond crams that envelope with force right down the maw of a cross-cut paper shredder. Written in fast-forward, Crashing Out in the Alphabets is a high-speed rant of a novel, visceral and vulgar. It will shock most readers; those more accustomed to ultra-edginess will likely find it an amusing (and quick) read. Cartoon animator Kevin Nelson lives a pretty empty life, but he knows three things. One, he wants to write and produce his own animated short. Two, he hates his boss. Three, he loves Lucy, a crack-addicted prostitute who quickly moves in to his pigsty of an apartment, where they proceed to have lots of lurid sex. When Lucy dies of an overdose, the already imbalanced and alcoholic Kevin flies into a tailspin of drunken despair and rage. Aiming for the top spot at the company where he works, Cartoon City, he invites his boss out for a jog in the park, where he promptly shoots the man in the head. Unfortunately for Kevin, the head position is given to a woman in the company. Between profanity-strewn rants against his coworkers, dive-bar patrons and almost every woman he meets, the increasingly psychotic cartoonist begins offing everyone who stands in his way, salving his pain and anger with cheap booze and appallingly cheap women. In the midst of all this, despite his rather inelegant pickup techniques, Kevin somehow manages to fall in love with the Cartoon City web designer. Even more surprisingly, she loves him. Yet what should make Kevin happy (or at least slightly less unhappy) only serves to fuel the fires of psychosis already burning inside him. Some compare Crashing Out in the Alphabets to works by such contemporary literary stars as Bret Easton Ellis and Hunter S. Thompson. Diamond's debut, however, is on a whole 'nother level than the hallucinogenic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or the spookily anti-heroic American Psycho. There's little description or exposition to clutter Kevin's running anti-everything-and-everybody diatribe. Crashing Out in the Alphabets strives to attain a darkly unsettling humor -- especially the "love" scenes, although you've got to be able to be amused by the "Letters" column in Penthouse magazine to get the, er, jokes. While definitely not for everyone due to extremely graphic sexual situations and language, Crashing Out in the Alphabets will appeal to an audience segment well off the mainstream. From Curled up with a good book. At Curledup.com

Crashing Out In The Alphabets
This book is a wild and untamed ride in the spirit of Neal Cassady. The exploits of "Kevin" are outrageous, raw and savage. It is both incomprehensible yet some how believable that such a beast can exist in our metropolises. Fans of the Beat Era will consume this book readily. http://www.spilledink.com/community/reviews.html

Crashing Out The Alphabets
“The gun fires … Dick’s head explodes …..” Kevin works for Dick Rogers. The relationship could be better. Every relationship in Kevin’s life could be better. Between his work at Loon Animation, rushing to catch the train at Grand Central and drinking more than anyone should drink Kevin’s life is difficult at best. Kevin’s latest honey Lucy is a crack head, he is only mildly bothered. They stumbled over one another in an alley, what more could be expected? Then she is found on the street, beaten to death, and he is alone again. The worrisome thing for Kevin is that death becomes a regular happening for those associated with the comic animation firm. Kevin isn’t real sure just what he should do. The police stumble all over their feet before they finally begin to have a pretty good idea who the culprit might be. Writer Diamond’s Crashing Out The Alphabets is a hard hitting, fast paced tear through the wreckage we humans often leave in our wake. Diamond’s characters are not always very pretty or likeable, but they sure are believable. Both the dialogue between the various players, and their behavior toward one another is painful to take at times. Kevin’s disintegration as a person is awful to watch even as he enjoys success in his work. Diamond has crafted an intriguing work filled with well fleshed out characters, human dilemma and near insurmountable difficulty. The volume is not meant to be a lighthearted romp for a lazy afternoon. This is a hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em often, leave them gasping read from opening page right on to the last paragraph. Crashing Out The Alphabets is not a book for the faint of heart, or those easily affronted. The language is raw, gritty and well suited to the character’s depicted and situations portrayed in the work. Some obscenity, some graphic sex. Reviewed by: molly martin Scribes World Reviews-- . New Reviews. Crashing Out in the Alphabets Garrett Diamond 1st Books Library ISBN 0-75960-924-1. ... http://www.scribesworld.com/reviews/mystery/ Crashing out the Alphabets; http://www.electricebookpublishing.com/bookstore/reviews/ ***Crashing out in the Alphabets - Garrett Diamond. ... http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/mollymartin/Reviews.html


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Reader Reviews for "Crashing Out In The Alphabets"

Reviewed by Joanne 6/27/2003
who is this laura gibson and why is she taking credit for MY BOOK REVIEW!!!!!! I'm the one who wrote ".Schizophrenc and raw, Diamond unabashedly explores the subterranean impulses of an anti-spcial mind. Is there really hope for salvation or, is Kevin's pain the only pain he can feel? Diamnond's taut writng style echoes Hemingway." Now, come on, Laura Gibson the Gibson girl would never write such a rewiew...its all mine.
Reviewed by Andrea Jane 5/6/2002
I like your book preview better than your poetry which sucks. I think you are Satans Disciple. Its a wicked read. I wish U would put a spell on my boyfriend so that he fs me and not the fing computer. I hate this computer. I hate the world. Anyways I met your cousin or at the very least your drinking pal, faded jaded rockstar Alan Merrill of Helen Merrill (Jazz Descent) Though one would swear he was a vodka collins at www.alanmerrill.biz I have a page at authors den Andrea J Williams but they keep writing up as a frigging visitor. Do I have to pay my dues? I sold my soul already!
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 9/12/2001
COMPELLING AND UNUSUAL! A MUST READ!!!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/9/2001
Writer Diamond has crafted an intriguing work filled with well fleshed out characters, human dilemma and near insurmountable difficulty. The volume is not meant to be a lighthearted romp for a lazy afternoon.
m j hollingshead Reviews for ScribesWorld, BookDragon, others.
Reviewed by Shahrin 8/10/2001
Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyy interesting. Wow. It's so different from all the other serials on this. The profanity sorta sets a different mood and at first I thought it was un-necessary (did I spell that rite?) But as it went along I saw that it was just part of the story to make a point. It's very different. I have never read a story from the guys point of veiw that's been so...blunt. Cool
Reviewed by C-DUB 8/8/2001
YOU SHOULD ADD SOME MORE TO THE BOOK THAT IS SHORT BUT GOOD YA HEARD
Reviewed by Eman 7/6/2001
Very intense and real. There were images just jumping out at you. I could honestly see them conversating and I could see all the things he spoke of.
Very intimate.
Reviewed by Nicholas Kritikos 5/25/2001
A fresh new eye-popping and jaw-dropping story of a sick man who just may be an anti-hero. It was a great, easy, and entertaining read.
Reviewed by Raven 5/17/2001
Damn but this is a great work and i can't wait to read more! I love the imagery and it's easy to read too. Got into it straight away.Will be watching for more in the future.
Reviewed by Laura Gibson 5/14/2001
At times author Garrett Diamond portrays such eccentric visuals..other times maybe getting side tracked on irrelevant material. If this is his first though, watch out for what is to come of this guy~!
Reviewed by 3/23/2001
Schizophrenic and raw, Diamond unabashedly explores the subterranean impulses of an anti-social mind. Is there really hope for salvation or, is Kevin's pain the only pain he can feel? Diamond's taut writing style echoes Hemingway.
Reviewed by 12/14/2000
This is really blowin up the spot Diamond! It has all the qualities that make a successful novel, lets face it, drugs, booze crack whores. I can't wait to read it Dam! This is exciting to me! Its been too long since I really sat down and my eyes were bleeding. The computer at work melted down after printing it...oh well...

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