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Albuquerque Blues Paperback – February 14, 2007
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A fresh voice and a clever, sometimes cynical outlook allow for comedy that can be dark at times, but silly in its authenticity and matter-of-fact way of dealing with love and the relationships between people. Paisner explores the choice between joining the rat race and walking the wild side in these coming-of-age stories set in Northern New Mexico. This debut collection including "Rules and Guidelines," "One Deck Shoe," "the way we met," "Valentine," and "Rejection," showcases the comedic wit of a promising young New Mexico author. --Marissa Juarez, Editor, TouchArt Books
"Even Sex-Crazed Slackers Get the 'Blues" By Steven Hansen Ahhhh, college ... those crazy days of getting high and getting lucky and not much else. At least, that's what one would surmise from reading Jacques Paisner's most recent short story collection, "Albuquerque Blues." Except for the title of the book, mention of Albuquerque is scant and the stories don't give the reader much sense of place. Aside from some mention of the University of New Mexico, the Frontier Restaurant and the Sandia Mountains, these stories could have been set in any college town. Paisner's rendering of Costa Rica in the last section of the book's opening story has more authentic-feeling local color. The majority of the protagonists are maddeningly the same slacker-male-stoner-alcoholics seemingly never at a loss for picking up hot coeds and strippers who are willing and eager to get it on, which give the narratives a kind of unrealistic prurient appeal in a kind of universal male fantasy sort of way. To his credit, Paisner, a Santa Fe resident, mixes some short plays into the collection that are not half bad because his natural-sounding dialogue is his strong suit as a writer. Further in his defense, Paisner's writing itself is minimalist and introspective and strangely compelling enough to keep things interesting. It's just the redundancy of his subject matter that, right now, is holding him down. Regardless, these stories will appeal to college-aged males even nostalgia-wracked has-beens caught up in delusions of sexual grandeur who are still inebriated by the mythology of alcohol as mystical panacea. Jacques Paisner signs copies of "Albuquerque Blues" from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Railyard, 530 S. Guadalupe, Santa Fe and 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. Friday, May 4, at blu with DJ Sol, 4100 Central SE "Albuquerque Blues" by Jacques Paisner TouchArt Books, $21.95, 222 pp. --ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL Sunday, April 29, 2007
About the Author
Jacques Paisner, B. A., 2003, University of New Mexico, was born in Minneapolis in 1980, grew up in Oregon, Navajo Nation, and Santa Fe, New Mexico and can be found snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains.
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This collection of short fiction showcases the talents of traveler and bohemian Jacques Paisner. With a sharp and poignant voice of rebellion and youth, that is aching to seep from every imaginable pore, the stories within "AlbuquerqueBlues" are written from the throngs of the current generation of American subculture. Poised with all of th humor and heartbreak of the modern day twenty-something stylist, this book is an exceptional new exploration into the mind of a writer who we are sure to hear more from in the future.