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With a pulsing wit Shyam Dodge takes us on a savagely satiric tour through the dope decade of the sixties, the spiritual commune of the seventies, Hollywood celebrity, and the new American yoga craze. Wet Hot and Wild American Yogi is a meta-narrative spun at high velocity, fueled by honest rage, grief, and an intense philosophical yearning. It is simultaneously a chronicle and critique of the baby-boom legacy told by one of our most original and iconoclastic storytellers. Shyam Dodge is a cock-sure twenty-seven year old who tackles his subject with a bold, virile, sexually charged prose, and reckless humanity reminiscent of Dr. Thompson, young Kerouac, and Voltaire. He will make you cry, he will make you laugh, and may even reaffirm your faith in the power of the individual.
Widely regarded as the “Sexiest, most original, and savagely hilarious voice of the under-thirty generation,” his writing is a part of the new satire that is reinvigorating our souls in these post-Bush, politically opaque years. Shyam is currently studying English and philosophy at Harvard University.
Starring: Shyam Dodge, incarnation of a Hindu god • California Guru • former lifelong monk • and now failed divinity
Featuring: Patrick Bishop, Japanese American orphan • nineteen sixties psychedelic adventurer • traveling homeless monk • spiritual teacher • ‘80s Soap Opera Star of General Hospital fame • beloved father and husband, R.I.P.
Also Starring: Guruji, master of low calorie diets and sexual healing
And many more strange and fabulous characters in this shocking true story of an artistic counter-cultural family, beginning in Nazi Germany, WWII era Japan, the summer of love and ending in Northern India and a small backyard strung with Christmas lights in Hawaii USA
Publishing experts (Rose Ave Press) quoted in the Boston Herald...
Genre critic and novelist Pete Mesling says, “Shyam Dodge is one to watch.”
Wet Hot and Wild American Yogi is now an Amazon Kindle Bestseller. Readers write:
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From African tales about spirit and reincarnation, to Zen stories about acceptance, Sufi stories about Beauty, and Hindu folktales about monkeys who save the world through discovering their own innate divinity, this book seeks to inspire through the vehicle of Myth.
It’s Sweetened Condensed Milk.
The Milk of words has been refined and condensed into a sweet and rich medicine for the burning heart. It is a stirring of honey into cream, reflecting the particular insight of a former life-long monk who has grown pragmatic and realistic in his approach to grief and sustained joy.