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A Perfect Blindness Paperback – April 25, 2017
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This vivid look at Chicago's delusion-driven electro-industrial music scene in the late 1980s showcases W. Lance Hunt's gift for capturing the era's often foolish dreams and grungy realities,
Hunt, co-founder of Chicago's Rudely Elegant Theatre company, portrays a pair of young rockers from Columbus, Ohio, who leave "cowtown" for Chicago's "Valhalla" and will do anything to make it in the big city.
The triple view works well here, particularly as the characters' dark secrets and motives become apparent.
As the band rises on a fusion of euro-club danceability tinged with post-punk attitude, Hunt's tireless, Jagermeister-fueled nightcrawlers give us a complete tour of North Side rock clubs in the '80s--and of their own failings.
Only Jennifer seems to grasp the friends' common crisis of identity. "Who we really are hangs someplace between all the stories, suspended in the contradictions."
[...] it's smartly written and sharply atmospheric-- a worthy [...] addition to the literature of rock n' roll's agony and ecstasy.
Also available as an ebook.
--Blue Ink Reviews
An expansive historical novel that ably evokes its time and place.
Hunt, in his first novel, tells the story of two musicians trying to make it in the late-1980s Chicago scene. They find success, but not so
much that the failures of their pasts don't catch up with them, with some deadly consequences. Hunt writes in a dense,
passionate prose that strives to enliven everything it touches. His description of a photographer could easily describe
himself as an author: "His eyes seek; they're always hunting, locking onto things for a moment....He's like a hawk
scanning the ground for something small and hard to see to swoop down upon and catch." [...]
Hunt successfully conjures the story's time and a place in masterful detail.
From the first page, it is clear that the author understands his subject matter. His sentences are packed with
references to the streets of Chicago, popular and underground music, and an insider's knowledge of the technical side
of the life of a musician. These details establish the novel as one in which the setting is just as important as the
characters' inner lives.
Littered with cigarette butts, vodka bottles, and a dead body, A Perfect Blindness is a grunge rock fantasy.
With its operatic sense of drama, it is an escape story ideal for those who still live out their rock star dreams whenever
they close their eyes.
About the Author
APerfect Blindness draws on the author's experience as a roadie, a sound- and light-manboth for a band and live theater, and his extensive production andpost-production experience, as well as fond memories of the city of Chicago,and the many dark clubs in which he danced.
Whilegetting concurrent BA and BS degrees at the Ohio State University, Mr. Huntroadied, and ran lights and sound for the cover-band Kax. Soon aftergraduating, he moved to Chicago, to pursue writing. In 1990, he co-founded andran the Rudely Elegant theater in the then edgy Wicker Park neighborhood, wherehe co-wrote and produced the long running play Barbie: The Fantasies. Whenthe city closed the theater, he moved onto Loxley Hall Productions, aneducational film company, where he quickly rose to producer. There, heaccumulated several industry awards for educational videos, as well as workingon music, and music video projects with the company's founder. Their short film There's no Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein, won the 1998 Emmyfor Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programing, as well as 5international film awards.
Mr.Hunt then decided to turn his energy toward writing again, and after a sixmonth sabbatical in Mexico City, where he began work on a novel that wouldeventually become A Perfect Blindness, he moved to New York and earned hisMaster of Arts in English at CCNY. While in school, he gave readings around NewYork City, including at the famed KGB Bar. His short stories have won honorsand commendations both in the US and the UK. Based on his work as a certifiedsommelier, he wrote the wine column "The Wine Hunter" for the now defunctvino.com.
Afterturns at Moving.com as a content editor, and teaching expository and creativewriting at City College New York, W. Lance Hunt now works as a freelance writerand editor, living in Brooklyn, with his wife and son.
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Hunt used a unique way of providing their personal viewpoints giving Jonathan, Jennifer and Scott separate chapters telling the story as they see it unfold. Even the chapter title fonts match the individual characters: Scott very bold, Jennifer softer more fluid and Jonathan rather noncommittal in between.
While I found the initial focus of the story a complex one making me wonder will these three ever figure out their lives in the midst of the journey to create music fitting of the 1980‘s, in the end, their story takes on very unexpected turns of events that left me both surprised and rather shocked, yet somehow hopeful. This is a human adventure with all the elements of a great read.