Begin to Exit Here: A Novel of the Wayward Press

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Berkley Books, 1998 - Fiction - 246 pages
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Kurt Clausen has worked as a salad girl, a porn salesman, and - prehaps most reluctantly - a journalist. In this "terminally irreverent" ( "Richmond News-Leader" ) novel, he finds himself taking on everyone from his editor and his girlfriend to the fundamentalists and vegetarians covered on his beat - and along the way, learns some surprising (and hilarious) lessons about life, love, and the press.
• Welter's "I Want to Buy a Vowel," also a Berkley Signature Edition, was named one of "Booklist's" Best Books of 1996.
• Great reviews in the Berkley Signature Edition tradition.
• The author has been compared to everyone from John Irving to Jonathan Swift, Frank Capra to Carl Hiaasen, John Kennedy Toole to Dave Barry.

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Humorist Welter's laugh-out-loud first novel looks at the pain of life and the absurdity of journalism through the eyes of a (chronologically) grown-up Holden Caulfield. Kurt Clausen gets by in North ... Read full review

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Kurt Clausen is a reporter with a talent for antagonizing editors. A wisecracking recovering alcoholic with an inability to take anything seriously, Kurt is on a quixotic crusade against journalism-as ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

John Welter began his writing career as a newspaper copy boy, buying cigarettes for the city editor. Since then he has worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Midwest and the South and published humor sketches in The Atlantic. His first book, "Begin to Exit Here: A Novel of the Wayward Press", was widely praised and selected by "Library Journal" as a "Word of Mouth" recommendation for 1991. He lives in North Carolina, where he writes a humor column for "The Chapel Hill Herald" and is a manager for a mail-order company. He has never been a Secret Service agent, but sometimes wears dark glasses.

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