Mark A. Long

  • Both chronicle and confrontation, the poems of Jacob Scheier's debut work out and through notions of loss. As the death of a young man's mother instigates and informs these investigations, the realities of romantic failures become inextricably connected, and in the process More to Keep Us Warm maps the limitations, and breaking points, of the human heart. Questioning how and why we fall in and out of love becomes the collection's haunting refrain.

    At the same time, Scheier's poems mourn the absence of both religious and cultural identity. Facing the painful and confusing losses of his life, the support of the only "tradition" the writer knows - an atheist, socialist upbringing - proves unsatisfying. In response, More to Keep Us Warm explores the formation of a new, complex sense of self as inherited belief systems fail. With humour, sardonic wit, and conversational charm, this search engages and struggles with Judeo-Christian tradition to become an intimate meditation on the nature of God in a secular world.

  • Bad Fads

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    Mark A. Long's Bad Fads takes a fun and nostalgic look at many short-lived popular trends. Whether you are eagerly practicing your hacky sack skills or trying desperately to forget that you ever disco danced in that awful leisure suit, Bad Fads has something for you. Covering just about everything, from fashion to collectibles to activities to events, Bad Fads takes you on a stroll down memory lane and reminds you of the fun-filled (and often embarrassing) times of the past decades. You may remember that in the 1970s the term "bad" meant "good" to those in the know, and so it is with fads throughout the years. While children tease their parents for the bellbottoms and platform shoes they once wore, parents laugh right back when their old rags come back in style and those same kids are digging through the attic for a "new" wardrobe. From 3-D movies to zoot suits, Mark A. Long's Bad Fads takes a fresh and funny look at the games, gags, dances, and styles of yesterday. Bad Fads will keep you laughing at our outrageous attempts to be cool.

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