Transmutation Blues
Three is the charm

It was July fourth and as usual I was in a state of dark depression. Everything used to be so easy. Then. Now… it's hard. I tried to lift my spirits in the various ways I had developed. None of them worked. I broke my diet and ate an everything bagel with melted Manchego cheese covered in horseradish. –Fail. I watched two Laurel and Hardy movies. In fact, the second film was Sons of the Desert, which is one of the greatest comedies of all time. –Fail. I became desperate and thought of reaching into my faux-suicide routine, which has been compared to a Times Square New Year's Eve Party on speed. There was only one person that I knew who had the tools to save me: my dear old pal F.S. Lif. So I called him up, told him of my funk and he came right over.

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Clever, hilarious, disturbing, delightful, captivating.
Transmutation Blues talks to all of us in the diminished major
key of life with Finkel's unique feel for timing and the grotesque:
he's the storyteller from way beyond left field, champion of
narrischkeit, machers, shmucks and meshugoyim. A writer blessed
with a deliciously twisted noggin.
— d. manerston —

Nobody told me America's Oldest Teenager had left the building
to meet up with Elvis again. So thanks, Finkel, for dropping that
New Year's Eve bombshell on me! Thanks also for dissecting
the garbage cans in the back alleys of Life — tongue in eye —
as only you can. Can't wait for your next tome to hit us!
— j.j. birchwood —

In Transmutation Blues Finkel takes us on a dazzling journey
that depicts the very, very human condition from every possible
perspective, from the vile and rancid to the almost politically correct,
leaving us confused in the end, but at a much higher level than
before. I simply couldn't put it down, spinning still.
— h. newland —

Renowned as the world's greatest xylophonist,
Ian Finkel was born in Brooklyn, New York. An incessant performing musician and composer, Ian is also an acclaimed and diverse writer, having penned many film and stage
productions, novels and books of short stories.
Practicing five hours a day and writing for another six, Ian's daily routine is never too full to take the time and tell you about his greatest passion: cigars.

For more information on Ian Finkel

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