Jim Feast, with Carol Wierzbicki
Rasken Hasp is dying of AIDS, given only a few months to live. Then someone tries to kill him.
“Raskin Hasp, the paranoiac, dourly funny, HIV-positive hero of Jim Feast s nonlinear trip of a novel, goes down the rabbit hole in order to avenge a fellow patient s suspicious death and, in the bargain, save himself. Finding humor amidst life-threatening illness is never easy, but Feast pulls it off. Like a bombshell hitting a major chord (to use one of Feast s own gleefully mixed metaphors), Long Day, Counting Tomorrow is a loopy, vinegary, but ultimately and unexpectedly solemn tale of narcissists and wisecrackers, junkies and AIDS activists, trying to make sense of an epidemic that has always been a matter of politics and prejudice as much as viral counts and body fluids.” — Patrick E. Horrigan, author of Portraits at an Exhibition.
‘In Long Day, Counting Tomorrow, Jim Feast gives a panoramic view of the social chaos, community energy and despair during the height of the AIDS crisis. Many of the poet-activists in this novel face eminent death while dealing with a medical and political system compromised by money-grubbing, corporate fame-seekers. The characters try to sabotage institutions, detour their misguided efforts and uncover the truth. A suspicious- acting doctor who owns a hospice for AIDS patients that s the mystery that drives the novel, but there is a far greater mystery here: Why are we dying? An exceptional storyteller, Feast moves fluidly from one conversation to another, fracturing time and place while spinning forward with the energy of those who insist on living a vibrant activist life, even while facing early death. After the Gay Pride Parade, one of the characters reflects: The nebula. It looks like that. Like a great circle of interlocked elbows. This novel is funny, sad, ironic and absolutely a must read to understand where we have been and where we are now.” — Barbara Henning, author of A Day Like Today
About the Author
Jim Feast is a long-term member of the Unbearables, a New York-based writing group that has produced many ground-breaking anthologies. He is also the author of the political and sociological sections for the book AIDS: A Second Opinion the poetry book Time Extends Life to Those Who Survive, and Neo Phobe, among others. He is a frequent contributor to the long-running Detroit journal Fifth Estate and worked as the book review editor of Evergreen Review online from 2004 to 2012, when the magazine was still helmed by Barney Rosset.