Stoned out of his skull!
This is how we find washed-up New York Magazine writer Digby Maxwell when he is offered his last chance to redeem himself by becoming editor of a small philosophy magazine headquartered in a rural Vermont college town.
Digby's assignment: to make the philosophy magazine relevant to contemporary culture. For starters, that requires several more tokes. Very deep tokes.
A wildly witty novel in the tradition of J.P. Donleavy and Nick Hornsby, Nothing Serious takes serious pot shots at Manhattan pop culture and academic small-mindedness, sexual obsessions and political correctness. 21st-century alienation and philosophers ranging from Aristotle to Sartre.
"Klein’s second existential novel is as thought-provoking as The History of Now (2009), with a heavier dose of sharp, witty humor. Klein is a master of relevant social commentary, and his background as a writer of both mysteries and philosophy is clearly evident, resulting in an exceptional story sprinkled with philosophical overtones and rounded out with the perfect amount of symbolism and allegory. Look to J. P. Donleavy or Nick Hornby for apt comparisons." - Booklist, starred review
"...a rollicking farce... a tightly plotted comedic tale with a genuine emotional center and sharp satirical wit." - NY Journal of Books
"The novel will hold few surprises, but most of the enjoyment of this book is in the journey, and in spending time with a character like Maxwell." - Publishers Weekly
"A great read with an unexpectedly inconclusive ending that’s really just the icing on the cake." - San Francisco Book Review
"All told, Nothing Serious is an amusing and intelligent novel whose title and beguiling narrative belie the depth of the ideas that Klein is working with. Humanity, the novel ultimately suggests, will never figure it all out, but that doesn't matter. What matters is that we keep trying." - Small Press Reviews