Author: Jarett Kobek
Series: Success and Failure Series
Catalogue No: PA-016
Price: 12.95 USD
Dimensions: 5″ x 7″
Published: Nov 2013
Availability: Out of print
“BTW is a book that could be as big as Bright Lights, Big City with the same general framework of a sharply experimental novel that yet can boast a big heart, a joke on every page, an overwhelming city magnificently delineated, and a handful of fascinating and all too real characters.”
In 2011, Jarett Kobek released ATTA, both a political allegory and a humanizing, fictional biography of 9/11 highjacker, Muhammad Atta. ATTA was a fearless work, bringing humor alongside one of America’s biggest villains, while also sharply proposing the acts surrounding the Twin Towers’ fall were, in fact, an act of architectural terrorism.
BTW is a continuation of themes found in ATTA: A satirical exploration of the multicultural experience in America, mixed-up between humor and heart. Following a young college graduate freshly settled in Los Angeles, it’s in this setting that Kobek’s nameless protagonist finds himself where anyone would in their early twenties — Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, getting drinks at Hollywood’s Boardners, backyard “BYOB” parties — though it’s in these accounts littered with banalities where Kobek finds his strongest material.
Balancing two catastrophic relationships, identity politics, a perplexing pop culture, and Mehmet, an eccentric alcoholic father, BTW may drift between Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard, but easily exceeds these confines by aptly examining what it means to be young and alive in America today.
—William E. Jones
Jarett Kobek is an author and essayist living in California.