- A MOSAIC of MINDS JOURNEY
- by Anthony Antek
COMING THIS WEEKEND
FREE CHRISTMAS GIFT
AT BIPOLAR BUFFALO WEBSITE!
This non-fictional work of literature, told with passion and humor,
tells a personal journey during significant cultural changes in mid-20th century
America. It dramatically reveals the bipolar struggles of a steel-city,
working-class youth from the Buffalo region and his search for an authentic meaning
This journey becomes the perceived struggle of
a perpetual underdog. Even the breakdowns morph into a brotherhood of underdogs
– in Buffalo, the manic outburst of a comic of Jewish origins (Lenny Bruce),
& in New Orleans, the punching frenzy of a black boxer (Muhammad Ali).
Bipolar Buffalo also
explores the cultural history of Buffalo and Lackawanna, including notable
places and people, such as Father Nelson Baker, Dick Shawn, and Willis Carrier.
Nationally, it involves cities like Las Vegas, New Orleans and Denver;
important events like Hurricane Betsy, Vietnam, the turbulent 1960s,and talks with comedians like Bill Cosby and Steve
a mosaic of 52 stories, each beginning with prominent epigrams, complemented
with 29 original works of art and photos. Along with insights to our changing
culture, the book contrasts humor with anguish to create a powerful story about
what it means to struggle, to keep searching and to become more human.
Book available at these Buffalo, N. Y. Museums :
BURCHFIELD - PENNY ARTS CENTER BUFFALO HISTORY MUSEUM STEEL PLANT MUSEUM of WESTERN NEW YORK
(& Buffalo area libraries, Bookstores & Businesses)
BUFFALO AREA MUSEUMS & EVENTS:
Saturday 8 am-5 pm
& Sunday, 10-4 pm.
December 21 & 22
( Author book signing here on both days)
BURCHFIELD-PENNY ARTS CENTER
Steel Plant Museum
Razing Awareness: Historic Preservation and the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building
This exhibit will be a mix of historical objects, images, and artwork submitted from 10 artists.The exhibit will run from from November 15th, 2013 to May 2nd, 2014.
Heritage Discovery Center
100 Lee Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
A WORK OF LITERATURE
TOLD WITH PASSION,HUMOR & HOPE
- A Mosaic of Minds Journey IS THE SEARCH FOR SELF AND AN AUTHENTIC MEANING TO LIFE
PRAISE FOR BIPOLAR BUFFALO:
“An intimate roller-coaster ride rekindling images of 'Catcher in the Rye' and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest'.” – Edward A. Jardim, Writer-Editor,
New York Daily News
"This is marvelous stuff. The entries into madness are beautiful.”
– Bill Harrell, Professor Emeritus
S.U.N.Y. Institute of Technology
"'Bipolar Buffalo is beautifully written, and nearly impossible to put down."
– Mike Canfield, The Sun
52 "Mosaics" (true stories)
29 supporting works of original art and photos
Epigrams enhancing each of the book's 52 stories
6 x 9 inch book size, 260 pages, perfect binding,
Easy to read 11 point print size & matte finish cover
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BACK COVER: SUMMARY
In a powerful literary style, the struggle of a steel-city,2nd-generation working-class youth growing up Polish, and Bipolar in the Buffalo, New York region during the mid-20th Century
revealed. This story becomes the perceived journey of a perpetual underdog.
Even the breakdowns morph into an underdog brotherhood. In Buffalo, the manic outburst of a comic of Jewish origins (Lenny Bruce), and in New Orleans, the punching frenzy of a black boxer (Muhammad Ali).
The book's title traces back to shooting a game of pool out West with Native Americans, a primary underdog.
This book of Memoir/Humor/History/Art
told with passion, humor and hope, becomes a search for self and an authentic meaning to life.
Bipolar Buffalo contains 52 non-fictional mosaic pieces (stories) each beginning with poignant epigrams from eminent authors. It also has 29 works of original art and photos. The book contrasts humor with pathos to create a profoundly moving and creative story about what it means to struggle, to keep searching, to become more human and to celebrate the value of life.
Other cities, including New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Denver, numerous cultural and historically significant events between 1941 and 1971, plus local and nationally known figures, like Father Nelson Baker, Willis Carrier, Mohammed Ali, and comedians, including Dick Shawn of Lackawanna, Steve Allen, Lenny Bruce & Bill Cosby are part of this journey.
Rediscover the cultural history of mid-20th Century Buffalo and Lackawanna, New York:
The Bethlehem Steel Plant
The Buffalo Central Train Terminal
Downtown Buffalo in the 1940s - 1960s
The Polish Culture & Immigrant experience
Woodlawn Beach & the Buffalo Waterfront
The Buffalo State Hospital for the Insane
The University of Buffalo, Main St. campus
St. Francis High School of Athol Springs
Area landmarks, including the O.L.V. Basilica, Offermann Stadium, Dom Polski, Delaware Park, Sattlers and the Broadway Market
Notable citizens of Western New York
and many more people and places.
"I WRITE for the BEAUTY & POWER
of the PRINTED WORD"
"I WRITE for the UNDERDOG"
- Author's PREFACE
ALL THE HAPPENINGS IN THIS BOOK
REALLY HAPPENED. I DO NOT WRITE FICTION.
Book available at:
and at numerous
Local Bookstores, Businesses and 14 area Public Libraries
as well as locations in Colorado, California, & Michigan.
"Fusion of Opposites"
and the Meaning of
Some readers may view my book title solely with a medical, negative or a simple farcical meaning. However, the title has intricacy and multiple meanings (five).
Although human bipolarity obviously has serious concerns, as the book shows, this condition may also give birth to creative thinking in humorous, scientific, artistic and other endeavors. I call such thinking "a Fusion of Opposites." Mosaic #17, as do other stories, illustrates this idea.
MOSAIC # 17 - ART WORK, EPIGRAM
and OPENING STORY EXCERPT:
ART TITLE: Here’s Looking at You
MOSAIC # 17 What’s so Funny?
"Humor depends primarily on its surprise effect:
the bisociative shock."
Arthur Koestler, The Act of Creation
"The earth is bipolar" -Steven Wright, comedian
“What happened at Pearl Harbor?”
Before I can answer, an older kid I never met socks his fist into my gut and shouts, “Sneak attack!” It only happens to me this way once. The next time a bigger kid asks the same question, I quickly let him have it with my fist exclaiming “Sneak attack!” Then I take off running like an out of control Mack Bulldog tank truck. That’s my early introduction to children’s street humor in the post-war 1940s.
(NOTE: The connection of bipolar thinking to creativity is an important concept in the book. Presented not in a didactic manner, it is simply implicit in the ongoing story narrative.
Also, this original art work, like other collage pieces in the book, represents a central metaphor (the MOSAIC, both as a literal and figurative concept) that takes hold with the "Buffalo Breakdown"sequence of stories.)
AboutEpigramsin Bipolar Buffalo:
Epigrams begin each of the book's mosaics (stories). Mosaic #1 begins with a quote from Loren Eiseley and the last, # 52,begins with a quote from James Joyce. Both epigrams involve a journey.These epigrams, and the others, serve as integral parts of the book. Nearly all of these epigrams influenced the author and are from his personal library rather than from the internet. These epigrams as well as the original art work and complementing photos are part of the book's designed synthesis.