Eddie Krumble Is the Clapper

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Meet Eddie Krumble. He's a relatively happy guy. Content-ish. Fresh to Los Angeles, Eddie and his friend Chris Plork land their first gig: clapping as paid audience members for infomercials and sitcoms so heinous that tourists won't even attend. Eddie spends long days clapping, laughing, and hissing -- on cue, of course -- and his life slowly begins to take shape as a relationship with Judy, a gas station attendant, begins to brew.
Suddenly his life is turned on its head. In one of his nightly rants, Jay Leno scrutinizes the state of late night TV and ends up unveiling two stills of Eddie as audience members for two different infomercials. Eddie is singled out as clapper-for-hire, Eddie's career comes to a halt, and Leno turns his discovery into a segment on his show: "Who is THE CLAPPER?" takes the public by storm, and Eddie's face appears on TVs and billboards throughout the nation.
A clever satire about fame, consumerism, and reality TV, Dito Montiel's "Eddie Krumble is The Clapper "is the first work of fiction from the acclaimed author of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints."

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Debut novel about listless non-achievement, from the author of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2003).Unemployed and living like vegetables in a basement in Queens, New York, Edward Krumble and his ... Read full review

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In Montiel's fiction debut, his hapless hero is a 21st-century everyman. The educational system has failed Eddie Krumble, channeling him and best friend Chris into dead-end factory jobs. They flee ... Read full review

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Dito Montiel wrote A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and he is also the director of the forthcoming film adaptation of this memoir. His work, and his band Gutterboy have been featured in cover stories in such magazines as In Fashion and Details. His articles, interviews, poetry, etc. have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines.

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