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By Christopher Miller

Genius or fraud? Hack or Hemingway? The existence and paintings of overweight, obsessive, logorrheic pulp novelist Phoebus ok. Dank have lengthy enflamed sour controversy—and various drunken rants usually culminating in vomiting, unconsciousness, or either. during this uproarious novel, Christopher Miller pulls again the curtain on unforgettable critics—fawning student William Boswell (the world's prime Dankian) and his mortal enemy, the murderously snarky Owen Hirt. No stone is left unturned—and no gooey mess unstepped in—in this crucial learn of Dank's all-too-brief life and all-too-extensive oeuvre.

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It was as a treatment for obesity that the drug first came to Dank’s attention. He had enlivened a dull adolescence by sampling the pills in his mother’s medicine chest, and from her he inherited not just his faith in pharmaceuticals but his obesity. He liked her diet pills so much that he got a doctor to give him his very own bottle, and though they couldn’t stop his steady transformation into the lumbering blob that he finally became, he soon discov­ ered that the pills enabled him to write his shoddy fiction faster.

He worries that he’ll no longer recognize his wife and children, and it turns out he was right to worry: In his absence, a new virus called “the Proteus strain” has infected the entire human race, causing people to change their physical form, involuntarily and unpredictably, every night as they sleep. Some constants do survive the transformation—gender, mass, apparent age—but the rest is up for grabs. ” Dank refused to talk about his pseudonymous books, and we may never know just how many there were or how he man­ aged to write them so fast—faster than most of us can type.

Eleven years later he followed me to Hemlock. If I’d moved on to Europe sooner—while he was still alive and not yet housebound by his phobias—he’d have followed me across the ocean too. The germs of Dank’s novels (and if that makes the books themselves sound like so many diseases, so be it) can generally be traced to real life, insofar as Dank had a real life. Appointment Book is no exception. Even at eighteen, Dank was a pathological planner. It wasn’t only in his fiction that his eye for inert and un­ necessary detail was 20/20.

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