Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bar Fight: The Proposal

This is the proposal I have been working on for the novel Bar Fight, it still needs a little work and will probably undergo a lot of changes but let me know what you think…

        In the late August of 2001, Michael Caravaggio and his loyal friend Matthew were sitting in a bar and they were children.  In the following days a newscaster came on the television and told them there were terrorist attacks, that life revolved around text messaging and the internet, they were thrown into a completely new adult world and they remained, children.

  Bar Fight is an 87,000 word fiction novel about two All-American art students who aren't afraid to fight for what they really believe in.  They believe in their egos.

  Michael lives life as a flash of lightning, only occasionally glimpsed from the darkness of his private world in the destructive acts that define him.  When an influential local insults his love for art and red wine, the assault that ensues leads him to discover a new hobby, initiating bar fights for fun!  Have you ever wanted to give someone a beating?  Sure you have, but you can't, you know that it's wrong.  Bar Fight shows you the man who does.  Michael and Matthew are antiheroes.  It's their choice to be heroes or cowards but they always win.  It's their choice to be self-righteous or hypocritical because whoever they are they make it right.  They aren't afraid to satisfy our darkest impulses by doing the wrong thing, in just about every situation.
  They are talented, temperamental and live in a world of opportunity.  Michael is a direct reincarnation of the 16th Century Baroque, Italian painter of the same name, Michelangelo Merisi-da Caravaggio, the painter who notoriously fled through Southern Italy creating several historic masterpieces as a fugitive wanted for murder.
This story fell together for me in January of 2010 when I ran off to Europe and spent months wandering the streets of Caravaggio's Rome, inevitably traveling towards Southern Italy as I devised this character that was part alter-ego, part living contradiction.  You can read about the process of how I put together this story on my blog at
I believe that young people living in the economy of today will take Bar Fight to heart because they will find inspiration in the story of a young artist who has so many choices, who can be so self-destructive and still succeed.  Michael is discontent, his intensity of persona proves to be a blessing and a curse.  When the initial person he assaulted rallies the entire town against him, MIchael has a choice.  Will he run, fight or in the typical ironic fashion of this novel, do both?  Matthew doesn't have a choice, the lifestyle that propels Michael to such notable fame destroys him.
Caravaggio was the outsider who changed the game.  His art which often appeared profane at first glance, told a story that was pure and good.
Bar Fight  a self-conscious novel intended to challenge stereotypes and reveal an absurdity in the use of violence.  Why are we fascinated by the self-destructive behavior of others?  Is there a backwards sense of vitality and intrepidity there?  Does it connect to something within ourselves?  I needed to experience these feelings from a distance, through social commentary and fiction, so I wrote this novel for me.  I believe it has an audience.  I believe that all of us have a little bit of Michael Caravaggio in our hearts, anyone who enjoys reading transgressive fiction, such as novels by writers like ……….. and ……..……. will find "Bar Fight" interesting.
If you would like to learn more about "Bar Fight" or read a sample of the first chapter you can visit my website at  The site includes a link to a small Facebook following and blog (  Feel free to contact me at  I appreciate your time and consideration.


The "Bar Fight" Cara-Blog-Gio Blog

Selling a product may not necessarily be one of my strong points but hopefully I can develop this into something good.  Any comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome through Facebook, the blog account or I can most easily be reached!

No one has ever posted a comment on the "Bar Fight" cara-Blog-gio Blog and I would be really excited if they did.

Ideally I think this proposal as a whole could be much shorter.  I want the outline to follow a basic division of… Paragraph 1: Hook, Paragraph 2: Sales Pitch, Paragraph 3: Story,   Paragraph 4: Who is this for?,  Paragraph 5:  Who am I?, Paragraph 6: Closing and Contact.  This proposal doesn't really follow that structure, I'd like to reorganize it so i does and I'm also working on a second.

I'll keep you updated on the progress.

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1 comment:

Michelangelo Caravaggio said...

"In the late August of 2001,"
should say...
"In late August of 2001,"
-Alan M