Fiction. In THE TIN HAT, his fifth humorous work of fiction with Coolgrove, author Kevin Bartelme brings us another biting satire about our culture's fast slide into disturbing, uncharted territory. Not new to that critical point of view, our author lends us his literary goggles to witness hosts of science deniers submitting to delusional superstitions in hot, blind pursuit of their measures of success. Through deft application of dramatic devices he allows us a comedic gaze at outrageous behavior in the light of wise hindsight to be found in the best of ancient Greek comedians—writing as they were, in an already mature democracy and no strangers to diversity and valuing truth over correctness or lies. In THE TIN HAT, Bartelme tells it like it is.
When Professor Ted Gershem and his graduate school abnormal psychology seminar participants investigate conspiracy theorists diverse as flat-earthers and gluten rejectors they encounter a slew of Cassandras who warn them about everything from the Reptilians to the Bilderbergers. Before long they find themselves plunged in bizzare world-views where nothing is what it seems and where dark, unseen forces, battle for control of our minds. In this outrageous gambol through the dark side of New York, the group gets more than what they bargained for as they're drawn into bizarre, off the wall situations involving eccentrics with exceedingly "rich inner lives" dwelling in nothing but alternate realities propounded by, among other extreme tin hatters, a cabal of Ayn Rand revivalists. We are taken on a painless romp through an America gone soft on science but fallen hard for fabricated untruths passing for news. What will the ardent members of a theater group not do for their minute, or fifteen, of fame? For lovers of Americana, THE TIN HAT has the power to vaccinate against the depression and gloom in circulation in 2020 as the nation hurtles toward the most contentious and landmark election in US history.
Born in Minnesota and educated in Berkeley and New York, Kevin Bartelme has spent the past forty years in New York City although for the past three years he has been residing between New York, Yucatan, Mexico and Tokyo, Japan. Author of six novels: O'ROURKE: ANOTHER SLOP SINK CHRONICLE (2003), THE GREAT WALL OF NEW YORK (2006), THE GREAT REDSTONE (2009), AIN'T LIFE SWELL (2019), THE TIN HAT (2020), and LET THEM EAT RUBBISH (2020) all with Coolgrove Press. Bartelme's output is a testament to his love of writing stories with intriguing plots in language that can entertain and enlighten in a light hearted way. His plots are enriched by his ability to apply a wide array of interests in a disciplined manner, sticking to good form with all things important. A father of two grown sons, Bartelme lives with his wife Mayumi Terada who is a photographer and artist. Bartelme has written for feature films and theater in the past. He continues writing novels and short stories. As an admirer of Marcel Proust, Kevin Bartelme has spent the last few years, in his own words, "in a cork lined room fasting and meditating on his numerous previous sins which, if revealed, would fill another book or two."Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA