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In Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Mishka Shubaly tells how he became deeply infatuated with Johna Chase. She was a fan of his band who was following him on Twitter. Her profile photo was appealing. He was single. He sent her a message. They began flirting online. The account begins and proceeds as any online dating story might. But then, once Shubaly's hope is twinborn with love, there's a wrinkle, and then a twist--and the relationship unfolds into something so mind-blowing, so staggeringly inconceivable that it charts new territory in emotional entanglement. In this Kindle Single, deep intrigue combines with fluid and nuanced prose to tell an astonishing story. Prepare to marvel at this story even weeks after you have read it. --Paul Diamond

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  • File Size: 109 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publication Date: February 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078TEBOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After receiving an expensive MFA from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly quit writing to play music. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring nonstop, and has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Decemberists.

His Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. 'The Long Run,' his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner is one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date.

Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he is at work on a new solo record of his original songs for In Music We Trust and a full-length memoir for Public Affairs. He welcomes feedback from his readers. We're all in this together, you know?

"The Kindle Singles bestseller list has anointed new stars like Mishka Shubaly..."
-The New York Times

"The gruff and rough-voiced Shubaly is a chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses and failures, a guy with a ticket to hell and back."
-Time Out New York

"A beaming ray of jet-black sunshine."
-The Village Voice

"Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, whether you can stand it or not, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life."
-Huffington Post

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butler on February 15, 2012
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This is the 3rd book by Mishka Shubaly I have read in the last 24 hours. This was a great story about love, trust, and relationships - but not that mushy crap. Very enjoyable, and didn't see the ending coming! Some of the best nonfiction I've read. I would reccomend reading them in order of occurence and not publication date. Read "Shiprwrecked," "Are you lonesome tonight?" And then "The Long Run."
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rett01 VINE VOICE on February 14, 2012
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When Mishka Shubaly labels himself an "amateur anesthesiologist" he's really describing the twenty years he spent as a drunk and drug enthusiast. Two decades is a long time to remain wasted and Shubaly is only in his mid- thirties.

"Are You Lonely Tonight," is the third installment in his bad-boy, outrageous life. It picks up after the kaleidoscope of an existence he describes in his two previous Kindle Singles "Shipwrecked" and "The Long Run."

This time out he's turned from seeking chemical stimulation to searching for true love. And he thinks he finds it in Johna. Looking at her photo he's captivated, "She had the kind of face easy for a lonely man to project a whole imagined future upon."

It's a fixation that we know is going to go from bad to totally bizarre so quickly and with so much certainty that you can almost hear a young Tina Turner in the background singing "Fool in Love."

In a flash, the object of Shubaly's woefully misguided desire becomes the spurned lover in "The Magus" or the ensnaring temptress in "Kiss of the Spider Woman." Oh, Mishka, we want to scream, "How could you be so stupid to be duped so completely."

Later on and trying to describe the lunacy of the woman he once dreamed about sharing his life with, Shubaly thinks "insane" and "crazy" just don't do her justice." Instead archaic words such as "bonkers, nutso, batty, wacko, bananas, around the bend" come to mind and the best way to depict the craziness of her is probably "cuckoo."

Everything about his search for true love, Shubaly says, has been either seriously terrifying or terribly hilarious. He hasn't decided which. I suggest you read this installment of his story as a cautionary tale and with the expectation of being seriously entertained.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mineral917 on February 14, 2012
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Also the 3rd story I've read from this author. I guess that means I've read all of Shubaly's stories...and they keep getting better and better. This particular story is oh-so-dark and messed up. Wonderful commentary on the human condition and what it means to live with someone who truly has demons to deal with.

Can't wait for the next one!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sweetdanger on March 28, 2012
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Part of me wants to give this four stars, part of me wants to give it two. I was as bi-polar as the chick in the story while reading this little single.

I agree with some of the other reviews... Shubaly is definitely self-centered, and he's truly a writer because he seems to feel everything more profoundly than he should, and seems to believe everything that happens to him has a more profound purpose or meaning than it really does.

I chose this book over the one about running based on the reviews that claimed that one was more about his drinking/drugging/badboy lifestyle than his love of running, and that he came off as self-indulgent in it. I can see that, because in this book, every time he waxed on about his drinking and drugging days, he did it with a bit of self-deprecation and a whole lot of grandiose, dramatic wording. You can tell he's trying to paint a very specific picture of himself. Maybe it's the truth, maybe it's not, but either way, it sorta made me roll my eyes.

The reason I want to give it four stars, is because he really is a pretty good writer. It's not always easy to write a short story and keep it short and complete at the same time. He managed that, and to be honest, I had trouble putting this one down, so I can't deny it's an entertaining story, even if it sort of... fell into his Shubaly's lap, seemingly. There were moments where he really made me feel for him, too, even though I started out not really liking him all that much. And he tries to be pretty honest about his own shortcomings, even if you can tell he believes them to be romantic flaws, rather than pathetic ones.

I gave it three stars, because ultimately, I knew what was coming long before Shubaly did. Not that I blame him for that...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell Harrison on February 18, 2012
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Twisted and beautiful and sexy story. Expect to react viscerally: to be aroused, to laugh, to want to hurl yourself at something in anger. One might even consider crying. Mishka's handle on the English language is much like the story itself--absurd and depressingly impressive. A Kindle without this story--and all of Shubaly's work for that matter--is not complete.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grogan on February 15, 2012
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Mishka Shubaly' s life is never easy. His wayward journey's on the high seas, through the dim and dank bars and back rooms of New York and over and through rocky paths and babbling brooks of some gentle woods has allowed many to discover the next great young writer. Now we are front and center with his latest masterful read through the ups and downs of a beautiful/cataclysmic relationship as it veers out of control as only Mishka can describe. His dark and melodic prose captures the rising angst and submission to the most powerful drug of all-Love. Mishka has loved well. He loves adventure, the thrill of the high, the calmness of his recovery and the satisfaction of pushing his body to its extreme. However Mishka is ill prepared as we all are when this drug takes hold and starts messing with his mind. Are you Lonesome Tonight? continues the adventures of Mishka Shubaly and in many ways is his most disturbing and perilous adventure of them all.
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