In what he calls an "anti-memoir," Richard Rathwell (author of RE: THE DEAD ARTS and many other books) reveals some of his Asperger's Syndrome-sponsored interactions with a world apparently bent on misunderstanding him (and vice versa).
A hard book to categorize, QUICKER & DEADER has the grip of a well-crafted novel, the hilarity of the truth-is-funnier-than-fiction storytelling skill of, say, a David Sedaris, and the bite of a politically scathing exposé.
"I am a born-again omnivore and coffee junkie. I'm a parent and a husband too," Rathwell says of himself. He's those and a lot more interesting.
Richard Rathwell is a Canadian and UK citizen, currently a PH.D research student at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, in the field of transcultural literature. He has published several novels and books of poetry. He has been engaged in Development Aid projects for over twenty years mainly in conflict and post conflict areas, but also in policy. His research interests include defining, engaging and critiquing the transcultural novel, related problems of reader response, strategies for transliteral publication, and how transcultural texts elicit enhanced readability, reader engagement and empathy. His research methods involve surveys with practitioners in conflict resolution and with cultural workers and writers in conflict areas. His recent publications include Jump the Devil 2011, 8th House, Montreal; Quicker and Deader, First Intensity, Kansas, 2010; Red the Nile, Blue the Hills Blue Orange, London 2005. http://www.facebook.com/richard.rathwell