Steve McIlhenny is a rotten teacher, habitual drunkard, born contrarian and not least a young white male trying to forge a career in the affirmative-action environment and politically-correct atmosphere of American academe in the 1990s. He drifts from one job to another, one woman to the other, one bottle to the next and travels beyond U.S. borders to Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Egypt and Israel where his trials persist and he continues to clash with the academic establishment. Written with McAleer's trademark humor and verve, POSTDOC is the uncompromising account of an itinerant scholar and his life on the edge of professional oblivion.
Fiction. California Interest.
Excerpt of POSTDOC:
“Steve, you can’t forget the Holy Trinity of race, class and gender,” he said. “And race always trumps the other two.”
“You know, I just don’t think in those categories.”
“What categories do you think in?”
“Courage, beauty and right action.”
Kevin McAleer was born in Santa Monica, California, and now lives as a writer and translator in Berlin. Notable among his books are the novels SURFERBOY (PalmArtPress 2018) and BERLIN TANGO (PalmArtPress 2020) as well as the epic poem ERROL FLYNN: AN EPIC LIFE (PalmArtPress 2022, revised paperback edition) which eminent film critic Rex Reed praised as "a daring adventure in biographical refurbishment," and the historical monograph DUELING: THE CULT OF HONOR IN FIN-DE- SIÈCLE GERMANY, which was chosen by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as one of its "Books of the Year."