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The Artistic Life

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Hoping to keep his woman happy, Max Zajack has scrounged up grunt work for another laughable paycheck, forced once again to plumb the depths of The Artistic Life and this time Max is convinced he's hit rock-bottom. How can he be so sure? Because he's working on a Hollywood production...

About the Author:
Mark SaFranko is an American author, playwright, artist, and musician. He was cited in The Best American Mystery Stories 2000, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. His mundane working life has consisted of a multitude of jobs: political risk analyst, dating advice column ghostwriter, freight loader, teacher, landscaper's assistant, deliveryman, truck driver, clothes salesman, astrologer, short order cook, fast food worker, bank clerk, proofreader, bar musician, government pensions clerk, brewery worker, reporter, telephone solicitor, stock clerk, and chauffeur, among others. He is the author of five published novels—Hating Olivia, Lounge Lizard, God Bless America, Hopler's Statement, and The Favor—and has written dozens more. He lives with his wife and son in New Jersey. His goal in life is to avoid further such mundane work.

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