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  The Intellectual Handyman On Art

  A Compilation of Essays

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The Intellectual Handyman On Art is a compilation of Gary Peterson essays pertaining to the arts and sciences, mostly.

Being an author, artist, and musician, Peterson has the tools to construct elaborate mental scenarios whether he's waxing analytic about art aesthetics or just tinkering with wordplay. He can turn a phrase with a pipe wrench or warp your perspective with a french curve. His essays are tributes to critical thinking, each one crafted like a top-forty pop song with the rigor of a doctoral thesis.

These ruminations provide high-grade literary nourishment for your left brain, supplemented with enough humor, passion and warm fuzzy sentiment to tickle your right cortex as well. And illustrations aplenty. You don't need a PhD to enjoy these philosophical anecdotes, but it couldn't hurt. You can read The Intellectual Handyman On Art at the beach, bus stop, or in the staid ambience of your estate library, all with the same result: edutainment of the first order. In paperback and e-book.


About The Author

Gary R. Peterson is an intellectual handyman who is as much at home with an aesthetic judgment or predicate calculus as he is with a pipe wrench. The author of two previous books, he lives with his wife in Rochester Hills, Michigan.


Reviews:

"I am in awe. So well said. Doing what we do (art) is one thing, attempting to make sense of it another. Thanks for the lesson." --Kevin Callahan

"Intelligence, wit and the ability to coax us all into your world are gifts, my good man. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents." --Anne Norskog

"Your inventiveness and skill of realizing an idea is brilliant, as are your commentaries." --Yvonne Buckley

"Everything you say here makes sense. I plan to read it several times so it will sink in." --Anne-Elizabeth Whiteway

"OK, now you're just showing off! Your blog was a completely engaging triple play: A wholly enjoyable read with wit and wordage that is entirely your own, a musical experience, and a visual escape." --Michael Mize

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  Humor Scene Investigation

  An Operator's Manual for the Laf-Graf Model 1300 Humor Analyzer

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The Laf-Graf system of humor analysis began as a simple checklist of comedic literary devices compiled while I wrote my first novel, Rhapsody In Overdrive. Further investigations into the principles of humor lead me straight to the heart and soul of philosophy. From there I discovered a clear view of the world through the fractured perspective of humor. I developed the theoretical Laf-Graf humor analysis instrument - with the help of the mental giants at The Institute that bears my name - to guide the operator through any scenario that the human mind can misconceive. It systematically untangles laughable predicaments through the loopholes of circumstantial evidence. Laughter is a symptom of humor, but thanks to the Laf-Graf Model 1300, it is also a beacon by which we can navigate the obstacle course of life. The Peterson Institute of Arts &Sciences Research Laboratory and Gift Shop is factitiously located at 6464 Rhapsody Overdrive-Berzerkley, Michigan's most prestigious address for over 50 years. It's an art gallery, science laboratory, church, school, medical facility, lutherie, bus stop, gift shop, entertainment complex, and sports arena for mind games - a "think tank" of higher learning where the only tuition is intuition.


About The Author

I'm an artist, musician, philosopher, and the Dean of Behavioral Studies at the Peterson Institute - "Where art and science are joined at the hip." I'm a member of the International Society for Humor Studies, and a frequent contributor to The Journal of Irreproducible Results.


Reviews:

International Journal of Humor Research (Vol. 18-2) "...forensic examination of humor is the theory and the subject of the book. I would give Peterson an 'A' for his effort. This 'scholarly discourse...' deserves to be read." - Peter Derks, Psychology Dep't., College of William and Mary.

Bookideas.com "...this book is an excellent resource on humor and its attendant components." - John L. Hoh, Jr.

Chucklemonkey.com "If you're the kind of guy who slavers over stereo instructions and wishes that Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time was just a little less brief - this book is for you."

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  Rhapsody In Overdrive

  A Novel

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The price of freedom is getting high. Floyd Wolf, a bored 16-year-old, ingests a powerful psychoactive drug called Blue Horse but he isn't prepared for the resulting mental chaos that permanently alters his perceptions. When the coincidental death of his mother further burdens him with a guilt complex the size of Detroit he goes to California but winds up hitchhiking back across the country alone, searching for peace of mind in a world that seems to be conspiring against him. Despite his mental malady, the vague memories of a girl and his formerly happy existence keeps him putting one foot in front of the other. In the end, Floyd's paranoia must prove to be either well founded or schizophrenic. Rhapsody In Overdrive chronicles his anguished attempt to go back home again. There's nothing funny about a bad acid flashback but this psychological adventure story is not without comic relief.


About The Author

I'm an artist, musician and author. My wife and I live near Detroit. We have two grown sons. I'm also a luthier and philosopher who enjoys tequila and hockey. I neither support nor refute the notion that first novels are largely autobiographical. This is my first novel.

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