Out of the Looking Glass...Mirror Reversal is a unique contribution to popular psychology and science fiction by platforming a torrid tale of one woman's descent into the depths of human misery on a solid understanding of basic principles of social science. Fast moving, sometimes riveting in...
Dr. Cynthia Whipple: Professor of evolutionary biology and experimental psychology. After the mirror reversal she becomes cub copywriter, exotic dancer and street hooker.
Homer Beaushower: Cynthia's boyfriend. Video game designer. A skinny kid eveeybody liked to push around. After the mirror reversal, a crazy bastard Joe Pesci wouldn't want to mess with.
Liam O'Hennessy: Liam O’Hennessy, from Ballymacmoy House near Mallow, County Cork, distant grandson of Richard Hennessy, born 1720, founder of the wonderful brandy. Will put a smile on ya face and a glow in ya heart, it will. Can you think of a more fittin' ancestor for a leprechaun?
Wayne Keith: Tow truck owner/driver and around tough guy. Popular regular at the Eight Ball Bar. " Do ya think I need to use roofies? I have all I can handle trying to keep my women from getting jealous of one another.”
Bonnie Fonda-Cox: Cynthia’s sorority sister at NYU. College drop-out but made millions as leader of The Merry Martyrs, Mex/Gos Christian singing group. Composer of "Jumping for Joy for Jesus.”
Good Brother Lopez: Lead singer of The Merry Martyrs and cunning businessman. Escaped from his home town of Couchawappa, Mexico, by becoming a Franciscan Brother seminarian.
Panti Kisses: Exotic dancer, aka Millie Rosenblatt. Sorority sister of Bonnie and Cynthia
Sweapussy Lix: Friend of Cynthia, owner of a wildly successful escort agency and street hooker. Activist in the Sex Worker's Outreach Project.
Meara Sniffington-Meyer: Wife of Gentleman Charles Sniffington III and owner of the 3M Advertising Agency. She didn’t wear tons of bling just to prove she had class; she just liked the color of it.
Dean Erskine Grimpower: Demanding dean of Bingham College. Proudly bald, he was a short man, with a barrel chest and a nitroglycerine temper that could be set off by a humble fly casually meandering into his office space.
Geezer: A regular at the Eight Ball Bar and ex-pricefighter. The only positive comment he ever received from reporters and boxing insiders was “he knew how to take a punch.”
David Lebedeff: Panti Kisses' boyfriend and guitar player at the gay Village night club "Swishes" for the popular jazz group, "The Swingin' Dicks."
Terence McKenna: Real life psychopharmacologist and new-age guru. The book is dedicated to him and he plays an imp;ortant character in the story.
Lavander Jimmy: Sweapussy's boyfriend and working girl's pimp. Friend of Marcus Magma, gorilla pimp.
Patricia La Mambo: Pygmy bongo player for The Merry Martyrs. Patty was a protégé of the renowned Proteus Finga, the famous faith-healer who travelled through the villages of Central Africa converting savages to Christianity and making a few bucks along the way.
“She stared into the clean windowpane and noticed a flake of paint on the sill and Momma Grossman felt a stab of emptiness that was more painful than all the arthritis and fibromyalgia that ever plagued her—the silent, unyielding pain of a hole in the heart, a gaping emptiness caused by losing one’s son. It was a black hole that sucked into its event horizon all the happiness and joy of having lived a successful family-devoted and God-devoted life.”
“What a cruel ironic cosmic joke! Books written by goat herders and fishermen, determining the destiny of mankind and the entire planet.”
“Grossman jumped out and stood before the intruder on 96th Street, tucking his ragged shirt into filthy, shit-brown dress pants a scarecrow would have been ashamed to wear.”
“Cynthia stuck out her bosom, made an emphatic nod with her head, and stood at the tip of the stage as naked as a fresh-plucked roaster, with hands akimbo, the last soldier in New York City’s fight against stupidity and surliness. “You heard me, Third World.””
The Eight Ball Bar: Iit was the one place in town where blue-collar workers from the booming construction sites and white-collar types from the hectic offices and stores could comfortably mingle, without much concern over what you do or what you’re wearing.
The Sex Workers Outreach Project: "We provide a basic service that society desperately needs. I mean, what percentage of the men in this country at one time enjoyed the services of a prostitute? I’d bet the vast majority. Why should something that everybody does be illegal? It makes us a nation of criminals. It’s a repudiation of the human condition."
Human Evolution: In Steven J. Gould’s punctuated equilibrium theory humans are in a state of stasis. Humans have to break out of the confines of the Prime Directive which keeps us at the animal level and enter spiritual realms or we’ll breed ourselves to extinction.
Sex: Cynthia's genes flip. A good, shy, scholarly girl from a well-to-do conservative family is slipped a psychonarcotic DMT and her genes flip. She becomes the direct opposite.
Morality: The Bible and Koran condone and encourage war, slavery, murder, abuse of women, cruelty to animals, genocide, overpopulation, intolerance, homophobia, child abuse. People have to start thinking for themselves or these evils will continue to plague us. We need to base morality on the human condition and not the delusional beliefs of plutocrats and power-hungry tribal leaders.
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