Tales from the Soft<i> </i>Underbelly of <i> </i>Confusion: A Collection of Short Stories

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iUniverse, Sep 26, 2007 - Fiction - 176 pages
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What does it mean to have a personality that is slightly skewed? I am not speaking of one that throughout its "earthly" tenure exhibits qualities of excess, be they psychosomatic, anal, psychotic, delusional, or narcissistic; I am speaking of a personality that on occasion, given the depth of emotional entrapment, takes matters to the edge of predictable behavior and beyond, thus shedding light upon the darkness lurking there.

Although these qualities might, at times, apply to some or all of the main characters here, they primarily serve as the necessary, yet "impure", ingredients for the alchemist's journey; and as such, they point out the twists and turns of hints and allusions, the oddness of the plots, and, of course, the suggestion of larger, more intangible issues.

In Tales from the Soft Underbelly of Confusion, character impurities-and our rigorous attempt to sublimate and repress them-are subtle reminders of the cosmic hoop through which we jump to keep our world ordered and "sane".


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Peter Barbieri holds a doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His diverse creative talents have led to careers as composer, jazz pianist, and educator. Dr. Barbieri has long been interested in fiction writing as a natural extension of his interest in music composition.

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