Courier-Journal Loves Broken Piano!

The Louisville-Courier Journal had this to say, amping the city up for Patrick’s upcoming reading and drink-a-thon:

Patrick Wensink had me at Lothario Speedwagon, the name of the band in which the protagonist of his new book, “Broken Piano for President,” more or less sings. But there is much more to this book than a biblically awful band fronted by a black-out drunk — things like corporate murder, starving cosmonauts, fast food wars and the world’s worst parking valet, who also happens to be the drunk, Deshler Dean.

Wensink, of Louisville, writes with a sardonic cackle and an often hallucinatory glee. His style is a D.I.Y. Frankenstein’s monster that uses parts pulled off Kurt Vonnegut and David Cronenberg, drunkenly stitched together while a Stooges bootleg plays at 110 decibels. “Broken Piano for President” was published by Lazy Fascist Press, and Publishers Weekly called it a “psychedelic trip of a novel.”

Wensink will celebrate the release of the book at 6:30 p.m. today with a reading at Second Story Books, 2004 Highland Ave. Drinks to follow at the nearest dive bar.

— Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal

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