“Crust is unique. I know of no other novel like it. The first words that come to mind are daring, daunting, irreligious in the extreme, an academic send-up, and a grasp with no small grin of the essential mindlessness and urge to power that beset humans and creates new ventures. It's wild as sin and revolting as vomit and as exceptional as the lower reaches of insanity itself.” — Norman Mailer
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Published by Two Dollar Radio October, 2008
Walker Linchuk is an aged writer and author of the Complete Series (The Complete Book of Aids, 9/11, Terrorism) whose name has often been discussed as a strong possibility for the Nobel Prize, suffering from a seven month plague of writer’s block that New York Magazine says, “for candor and anguish, surpasses any we have on record.” One morning Linchuk wakes to find a crust in his nose - the “definitive crust of his life” - that awakens him to a new world of desire and enlightenment.
Extraction of this “breakthrough crust” leads to further secretion in the form of medical and scientific research into “the habit once called nose-picking,” Linchak’s The Complete Book of Nasalism, a memoir of his breakthrough, an endless succession of heated blog entries, and a flood of email exchanges with friends like George W. Bush, who is so moved by Linchak’s passion for the habit to confess his own on “Larry King Live.”
What ensues is equal parts George Orwell and Christopher Guest, an insightful and hilarious journey through our hyper-technological age.