AS A CHILD Sebastian Briglia wanted to be American, and luckily for him at the time, so did his parents. They emigrated from Bulgaria in 1991, not long after the fall of communism. As an adult, he wanted to be Bulgarian again, mostly because of his mounting legal troubles in America, though unfortunately for him at the time he was estranged from his parents and Bulgaria as he remembered it did not exist anymore. Later he began to suspect that Bulgaria as he remembered it never existed.
He has attempted to reach a balance between what he thinks he wants and what he thinks he needs by exploring spirituality and materialism both on and off drugs and new wave music, in urban as well as rural environments. All of this, of course, has been to no avail. His New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance series reflect this struggle.
Two excerpts of New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance, "Raven on Heroin" and "Raven in the Motel Room," have been featured in Horror Sleaze Trash Magazine. (http://www.horrorsleazetrash.com/flash-fiction/sebastian-briglia-raven-in-the-motel-room/, http://www.horrorsleazetrash.com/flash-fiction/sebastian-briglia-raven-on-heroin/). As a journalist, he has only written under his real name at The Italian Tribune News in Newark, NJ, where he worked as a staff writer over a decade ago. The rest of his journalistic and feature writing has been published under a pen name. He currently works in public relations and plays guitar in the New York band Like Herding Cats (http://www.likeherdingcatsmusic.com/). Their eponymous EP had just won The Deli Magazine's NYC Artist of the Month Award when he joined.
Sebastian Briglia's Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/new.wave.art and his Twitter name is @Sebriglia.
He posts his impressions of everything from working the graveyard shift in the city to what addiction actually has to do with New Wave on http://memoirs-of-addiction.com.