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By Arthur Nersesian

Arthur Nersesian's underground literary treasure is an unforgettable slice of gritty manhattan urban life.

This is the darkly hilarious odyssey of an nameless slacker. he is a perennial couch-surfer, an aspiring author looking for himself inspite of himself, and he is simply attempting to live to tell the tale. yet lifestyles has different issues in shop for the fuck-up. From being dumped through his female friend to getting fired for inquiring for a bring up, from falling right into a theft to posing as a homosexual guy to maintain his task at a porno theater, the fuck-up's tragi-comedy is completely learned via Arthur Nersesian, who manages to create humor and suspense out of city desperation. "Read it and howl," says Bruce Benderson (author of User), "and be joyful it did not take place to you."

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