Bipolar Buffalo Publishing -
WORLD BOOK NIGHT
April 23,2014
Author is one of many World participants.
The book CATCH 22 by Joe Heller will be
distributed free of any charge on that date. Distribution site in Western New York for          this book  to be determined soon.

The goal of World Book is to foster literacy, promote thought and affirm the vital role of literature in the community and around the globe.

Related  MEANING 
  of selecting  Catch 22 book for World Book Night:

    One of the literary influences of  writing 
Bipolar Buffalo- a Mosaic of Minds Journey was 
Catch 22 by Joe Heller.  I place it on the top shelf of American literature along with Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Melville’s Moby Dick.

    I read Catch 22 non-stop from early evening, through the night , till the morning hours while  a 1960s student at the University of Buffalo  sometime during  that period  of my first psychotic breakdown.

   No other book at the time showed such a bipolar contrast between humor, aliveness and the zest for living with the sadness, fear of death, and horrors of war.

    In many of my book’s 52 stories there is this bipolar literary structure, sometimes unconscious other times intentional - a sharply contrasting dichotomy of feelings, moods or ideas within the story.

              For example in story #9-   The Ford Finds Shelter, I Find War there is the bipolar contrast of SHELTER with EXPOSURE.
 I discover, as a young child after WWII, the horrors of war, death and the Holocaust in a humorous setting where the family car finds shelter away from our garage-less home.

ANATOMY of  BOOK


           Evolution of  Book Cover 
        

    BOOK TITLE MEANING

The book’s title “BIPOLAR BUFFALO”
 is a reference to the author, the city, 
the animal and to the bifurcated literary structure of the book. 
   But its primary meaning is ontological, metaphysical – the essence of things, the nature of being.

    The book title’s origin goes back to a talk with Native Americans during a game of pool in Oregon in the 1960s - How early white people saw the American Bison compared to how seen by early Native Americans. There is nothing innate, nothing intrinsically "good" or "bad" about the animal. Yet humans make judgments upon that being ....
   ... or persons,or places, or events - done so with the limited personal/cultural baggage humans carry.
    The book's implicit content is about judgments and more specifically, pre-judgments (prejudice). Being Bipolar, or Black, or Red, or Jewish, or Polish, coming from the working class, from Buffalo – how we see and are seen.

Evolution of the book's subtitle:
A MOSAIC of MINDS JOURNEY

The 'Mosaic" format goes back to making a mosaic
platter in Occupational Therapy after the author's  breakdown in 1961 .




BUFFALO STATE ASYLUM for the INSANE (1960s)












Mosaic Platter
 with Gray Matter
1961





AND 
that "mosaic" idea dates back to 8th grade when a Nun  introduced Modern Art to her non-art, working - class students. 
One of which was this one:




BROADWAY BOOGIE BOOGIE 
by Piet Mondrain 









ON MEANING & REFERENCE  OF THE TITLE: "BIPOLAR BUFFALO"

  One of the literary influences of  writing 
Bipolar Buffalo- a Mosaic of Minds Journey was 
Catch 22 by Joe Heller.  I place it on the top shelf of American literature along with Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Melville’s Moby Dick.

    I read Catch 22 non-stop from early evening, through the night , till the morning hours while  a 1960s student at the University of Buffalo  sometime during  that period  of my first psychotic breakdown.

   No other book at the time showed such a bipolar contrast between humor, aliveness and the zest for living with the sadness, fear of death, and horrors of war.

    In many of my book’s 52 stories there is this bipolar literary structure, sometimes unconscious other times intentional - a sharply contrasting dichotomy of feelings, moods or ideas within the story.

              For example in story #9-   The Ford Finds Shelter, I Find War there is the bipolar contrast of SHELTER with EXPOSURE.
 I discover, as a young child after WWII, the horrors of war, death and the Holocaust in a humorous setting where the family car finds shelter away from our garage-less home.

 
UPCOMING  EVENTS:
 Meet Author - Book Signings / Presentations:        
 April- May 2014
AUTHOR TALKS/ SIGNINGS:

May 21, Noon, Southern Tier Environment For Living
                         Chautauqua Suites hotel & Conference Center

April 30, 7 P.M. Fox Run , Orchard Park,N.Y.  

April 22:  7 P.M. The Greenfields Center, 5949 Broadway, Lancaster

                                      Recent:
March 10ASBURY POINTE -Beechwood Care,  Buffalo  

March 4 : Talk on Penny Wolfgang Radio Show, Buffalo 

February 15 - Author Book Signing -Western New York Show
                      HAMBURG FAIRGROUNDS
                       Hamburg ,New York
                      
January 31- Museum of DisAbility 
                     "The Bipolar Advantage: Thew Link to Creativity"-
                      
Buffalo's own MUSEUM of DISABILITY HISTORY,
                    near the old University of Buffalo campus, Main St
                    www.museumofdisability.org 
                     or call the museum at 716-629-3626.
 
January 28 - Canterbury Woods 8-9 pm             
                    705 Renaissance Rd., Williamsville
                      
                      
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