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Weakday Drifter & Other Writings Paperback – November 3, 2017
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I enjoyed some of the stories more than others - usually the case in anthologies, even when they are stories written by the same author - but they were all excellent reads. My favorites were the aforementioned Bed and Break Fast and the hilarious Symphony Obesophobia.
My introduction to Kiesche's writing was his sf/fantasy novel Park Ranger Park. It's fun to read these early works to see the wide range of his story-telling ability.
Like AILTT, "Weakday Drifter" is a short story collection collection which touches upon a wide range of topics and subjects. Some are stories from Tom's past, dealing with his childhood and his early days as a young actor just starting out in the business. Others, are short stories and play scripts written by the actor in the mid-90s to the early 00s.
The subject matter of the pieces vary, from Kiesche discussing his encounter with a bully growing up (Fish Tank), a detective story (The Vic), to poetry/song lyrics (Puppy In A Box), the nature of reality (Belief Is Under The Seat of The Beholder With One Eye), and parody (Pimento).
If you enjoy Kiesche's other books ("Sympathy For The Devil" and "Park Ranger Park") I would highly recommend "Weakday Drifter".
While some of these stories are journal entries, others are plays written by Mr. Kiesche (LOVE the one with the Cockroaches!!!!) There's even a letter he wrote to Tim Robbins after he was an extra on the film,Dead Man Walking. All of these were written at a time when Kiesche took a tremendous leap of faith and made a complete life change in his mid twenties to follow his dreams.
This book is such fun! It's as if you have stumbled on Kiesche's journal. And honestly, who doesn't just love to read someone else's journal and get inside their head?! Kiesche's stream of conscious style will keep you entertained. Go get a glass of wine, get comfy and enjoy!