(a novel, 2012)
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The Beach Boys "Smile Sessions" box set caused much internet discussion and debate among fans of the legendary unfinished album "SMiLE" from 1966/67. The pages and pages of scholarly debate contrasted with mindless banter regarding prices, shipping and content was a phenomenon to behold, and a fascinating look into pure obsession. No attempt was made to use the most interesting bits from the discussions. The author simply chose a discussion - warts and all - encompassing boring mindless banter mixed with insightful comments on "SMiLE" to reveal the "story" on the reception of a long awaited box set. The results are a surreal journey into a strange mythology.
Study of a Nude
(a novel, 2013)
“Study of a Nude” was completed between the years 2005-2007, the duration of Moore’s affair with Paul Whitten. This Critical Edition of “Study of a Nude” is the first fully collected text to be published since the novel first appeared in print as an unpublished printed manuscript in May of 2006. “Backgrounds and Contexts” includes a selection of Moore’s school assignments to provide a window into her life before and during the writing of her novel. Moore’s previously unpublished poem “tudy of a ude” is the work that started the novel and is included here. Also included is a previously unpublished interview with Paul Whitten that goes into detail about his life and career as of 2002. “Criticism” offers a wide range of commentary that center on the novel’s major themes of morality, allegory, and self-alienation. Commentaries on Whitten’s art and life are included as well as Moore’s use of narrative, fanfiction and footnotes as literary devices.
(a novel, 2015)
Countess Caroline Esterhazy of Galantha (1811-1851) lived in Zseliz Castle (in Hungary) and went down in music history because Franz Schubert gave her piano lessons during the summers of 1818 and 1824. According to a contemporary of Schubert, Eduard Bauernfeld, Schubert was "head over heals in love with one of his pupils, a young Countess Esterhazy, to whom he also dedicated one of his most beautiful piano pieces, the Fantasy in F Minor for piano duet". To construct the text Van Buskirk utilized three novels (different authors) written in the 19th century. He consolidated the texts in a fanciful (or irregular form) arranged with florid embellishments considered to be unreal, weird, exotic, or grotesque. The House of Esterházy is a Hungarian noble family beginning in the Middle Ages. Since the 17th century they were among the great landowner magnates of the Kingdom of Hungary, during the time it was part of the Habsburg Empire and later Austria-Hungary. They received the title of count in 1626.