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Psychology Press, 2001 - Fiction - 318 pages
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After exchanging his least favorite sexual act for ticket money, Reggie finds himself crossing the desert on a Greyhound bus. Unfortunately, Reggie is on speed and believes that sinister cosmic forces are in play and that they're focused on him. Even worse, he may be right. The realities that surround him -- a dream of airplane disasters, obsessed johns, chatty girls on the bus, experimental filmmakers, music videos, poisonous sea creatures, bad feet, and ill-fated wedding ceremonies -- have so many layers of meaning that he's finding it harder and harder to distinguish his desires from his needs. Reggie bounces around the country surrounded by a colorful cast of characters who are equally unlikely to reach through the fog of their own aggressive fantasies and connect with the real world.

In Distortion, the overlap between truth and illusion disappears as personal visions of forthcoming disaster collide and merge.


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Stephen Beachy is a writer. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1965. His first novel, The Whistling Song, was published by W. W. Norton with cover illustrations by Curt Kirkwood in 1991 and his second, Distortion, by Harrington Park Press, in 2000. Two novellas, Some Phantom and No Time Flat are forthcoming in 2006, from Suspect Thoughts Press. His fiction has been published in BOMB, Chicago Review, Blithe House Quarterly, SHADE, and various anthologies. He has written literary criticism for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In October, 2005, he published an article in New York Magazine, exposing the writer JT LeRoy as the concoction of a woman named Laura Albert, with the help of her family members. Beachy teaches in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco. Beachy is also a second cousin of biologist Philip Beachy and historian Robert Beachy.

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