Junk Shop Window: Essays on Myth, Life, and Literature

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About the Author

James J. Patterson is a keen student of history, literary and otherwise. An autodidact, his role models are the medieval goliards, traveling musicians who wandered from town to town, gathering insights and experiences to retell in stories and songs. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.


Praise for Roughnecks:

"One of the welcome treats from the emergence of James J. Patterson's fiction is his penchant for setting his stories in the real America, the part of our country that gets too little notice by either the factual or the fictional media stars. He's a welcome addition to the stories of our times." --James Grady, author of This Train and Six Days of the Condor
"By turns magical and moving, immense and tragic, Roughnecks maps a rugged geography of the human condition, as seen through the eyes of the hard-bitten Zak Harper. It's not hard to see Cormac McCarthy in its clean and blunt dialogue or James Dickey in the depth of its prose, yet there is something here that goes beyond what even McCarthy or Dickey challenged readers to do - that is to care deeply about a character not because they like or even hate him, but because they understand him and are therefore compelled to follow him." --James Mathews, author of Last Known Position

Praise for Bermuda Shorts:

"Lovers of the personal essay should be rejoicing in the streets at the publication of Bermuda Shorts. Whether he's writing on politics, culture, sports, or the arts, James J. Patterson's work is full of an endangered resource - the magnificent, apparently inexhaustible fund of sheer energy that springs from every page." --Rick Walter, former LA Times writer

"Happily, early on, James J. Patterson discovered that the bumpy road through life was lined with books. Clearly, somewhere along the way he pulled out a volume of Montaigne. The young 20th century rebel must have found much to admire in the French Renaissance thinker's essays, and especially the meaning of the word essayer, to try - both as a philosophy of living and as a style for writing. The essays in Patterson's delightful volume, Bermuda Shorts, highlight the ways in which life and literature intertwine. And, like the 16th century master, Patterson makes this literary form his own invention." --Joanna Biggar, author of That Paris Year and Melanie's Song

"Some of the essays are the literary equivalent of the Buddhist meditation on the skull, which is meant to use the sense of impending death as an impetus to love the juicy, impermanent life at hand." -- Katherine Williams, author of Still Life (poems)

"Like sitting down with a very intelligent friend and having the kind of conversation you'd always wanted to have." -- Myra Sklarew, author of A Survivor Named Trauma: Holocaust Memory in Lithuania