Baxter's Friends Paperback – April 2, 2013
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Paperback : 218 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1603811621
- ISBN-13 : 978-1603811620
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.55 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Coffeetown Press (April 2, 2013)
- Language: : English
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There must be some accumulating good to general humankind, just as there is despair of self loathing, horror, shame that evolves beyond our little lives into the web of the universe. Randle’s fiction shows his quest of higher self has born the scars of warfare with angels and devils, of what’s at the core or heart of neurotic fears that move us to investigate a better world more harmonious with nature and the cosmos than the sump we find ourselves in alone. We pray through our art if it’s any good, thus we are priests of it, which is to say neurotic fear, trauma that revisits from earliest memories reexamined now, closer as we are to the final curtain. Readers will find his introspection serves some purchase, makes more tangible to our fellow travelers through the veil of ecstasy and horror all humankind with soul or brains is heir to.
In Baxter’s Friends, Randle has made something more of art than pure neurosis, that an irritated oyster still can or has to make a pearl for someone else to treasure, for the benefit or blessing of some other quixotic fledgling’s hubris questing for a better world than ours, a leg up on some order out of chaos, some hope of freedom in detachment from the common suck hole of angst.
We hope that sounding angst can voice a higher hope that joy may follow somewhere along the way from those hardheaded few damned and blessed to make some pearl from unrelenting irritation deep in the inflammation of human tissues left over from the get-go or the Fall. Courage is a lonely virtue in the mob. Progress of the collective soul demands the sacrifice of one poor hero wretch for all.
Randle has made a pearl that young men can’t make. It has noble imperfections that make it shine with humanity, honesty, inspiration, yet it’s human in the hope the general struggle might be moving to prevail. It’s a poem too. Baxter’s Friends has the genius of an oyster in brief respite from one sharp crystal’s encystations to a newer, sharper grain of existential and neurotic fear. It’s a fear we must sound from some source more than self or some overreach of an individual truth into the common morass that disappears us all.
O. Victor Miller
College English Professor (ret.)
Fiction and Short Story Writer
An amazing achievement is _Baxter's Friends_. Ned Randle helps us readers live what it's like to be making and doing, or being made to do and being done to.
This book told me a lot of things, and I'll tell you two of them. You, reader, should struggle to read this book as you would read people: What is being said without anyone speaking? You, reader, should struggle to read this book as you would read people: What is being done, even when no one lifts a finger?