Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bar Fight: The Proposal; Current Progress

This is the newest and most refined version of the proposal I have created to promote the novel "Bar Fight."  Differing from the previous version (posted weeks ago) this proposal is outlined according to the following paragraph structure;

I.  Hook (grabs attention)
II.  Flat out sales pitch.
III.  One paragraph of story (a synopsis similar to one found on the back of a book)
IV.  Who is this for and why?
V. Who am I and who was I when I wrote this?
VI.  An effective closing paragraph that directs to the website.

What do you think?  Do you find this proposal to be effective?  All advice and suggestions are welcomed (and pleaded for) and can be placed via comments on blogger, Facebook, email or of course you could always just tell me…

       In early September, 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 young people will want to read because it is about heavy drinking, partying and starting fights.

       Welcome to the year 2001.  Having just been unleashed into the rural West Virginia bar scene after a long stretch in art school, 21 year old Michael Caravaggio is immediately motivated to assault outspoken, intolerant,  local, Ray Archibald Heart.  All does not go smoothly as he skyrockets into success and prominence as a professional painter.  Michael brawls constantly and risks everything.  Ray wants his revenge, a makeshift gang, a lone assassin and bigoted locals stand in his way.  Everyone seems to want Michael dead.  His only choice to save his career is to fight or run for his life, or will he do both?
       Readers will enjoy Bar Fight because it reveals the private, self destructive life of an artist otherwise known only as a legend.  Michael isn't afraid to satisfy our darkest impulses by doing the wrong thing in almost any situation but everything seems to work for him.  He and his best friend brawl for fun, if Grand Theft Auto V was a novel this is what it would be like.  I believe that young people living in the economy of today will find inspiration in the story of a young man who can be so wild and impatient and still have opportunities to succeed.  All of us have a little bit of Michael Caravaggio in our hearts, a need to witness something like this, and anyone who enjoys transgressive fiction by writers like …………. and ……...…. will also enjoy Bar Fight.
       This story fell together for me years ago as I ran off to Europe and spent months wandering the streets of Rome, traveling towards Southern Italy then through North Africa as I devised this character that was part alter-ego, part living contradiction.  I was drawing for myself a parallel to the artist I most relate to and admire, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.  I am an artist and writer lifeguarding part-time to survive, I had no other way to experience what I felt, what I know others will enjoy connecting with.
       The process of how I created this story continues to be described on my blog at http://blog.thebarfight.com/.  There is a sample chapter, further details about Bar Fight and a link to a small Facebook following at www.TheBarFight.com.  I can be contacted by phone (412-555-5555) or through email (Carabloggio@gmail.com).  Thank you for your time and consideration.


The Bar Fight "Cara-blog-gio" Blog

Knowing that "transgressive" fiction is a form of literary fiction more commonly associated with having an edge of social commentary would you consider such a comparison to contradict the idea of Michael being an "inspiration"?  

Should the popularity of the anti-hero in our modern culture be specifically highlighted in this proposal or does that go unsaid?

Is there anything that you think is missing or redundant?

Shoot It Up, Shoot It Up, Shoot It U-hup

"A gun is a powerful thing, (…).
The concept of a man empowering himself by penetrating the flesh (…) of another
man (?)(…) an independent (…) and phallic appendage,
in the embodiment of a gun.  It's unnatural, It's an unnatural and 
superficial way of proving one's superiority.  There's no connection,
It's that lack of connection.  It dehumanizes violence(,) I don't like it."
-The protagonist of the novel "Bar Fight," while held up at gunpoint.  
Photography and writing by Alan Michael copyright 2012 (excluding blog title).

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Word Verification: No! I am not a Robot!!!!

Really?  What does this even mean?  Craigslist made me go through word verification about 32 times the other day until I finally just gave up! How good are robots at reading stuff anyways and why can word verification be so hard sometimes!?  Am I alone in this struggle? I felt like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator…. I was just trying to find Sarah Cah-nna on da missed conn-ecchun pay-ge!  Hasta La Vista Baby!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Caravaggio Makes Headline News, "Bar Fight" to Make Headlines Next

Considering that I don't read the newspaper, don't check my email and spend most of my time reading about painters who died 400 years ago it was only recently brought to my attention that Caravaggio has not only been making headlines but has been making headlines in the Herald Standard, Uniontown PA's city newspaper.

According to an article by the Associated Press two Italian historians named Bernardelli Curuz Guerrieri and Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli claim to have discovered up to 100 sketches drawn by Caravaggio early in his career.

Other art historians have been very skeptical of their research, which relied on some very "scientific" methods that involved comparing details with their eyes.

Much remains unknown about Caravaggio's teenage years as an artist-apprentice to Simone Peterzano and he certainly must have done something under his watch? Aside from these claims there is yet to be a work of Caravaggio recovered from this time period.

As an artist the authenticity of even some of his most popular works is often contested.  Caravaggio rarely signed his work, created preparatory drawings or preliminary drawings (or drawings in general).  He had a strikingly original style that was probably largely uninfluenced by his unproductive years as a pupil of the "mediocre" artist that was Peterzano.

I'd like to think I could get optimistic about these drawings attributed to Caravaggio but it reminds me too much of the time in 2007 that everyone had their hopes up about a reported Bigfoot sighting in Western PA but it turned out just to be a bear with mange.

I've always believed Sasquatch to be real.
Notice the strong chiaroscuro shadows on his fur.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fillide Melandroni: Caravaggio's Favorite Whore

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Caravaggio, Image taken from the Public Domain

Fillide Melandroni was a Roman prostitute Caravaggio often used to model for paintings of Mary Magdalen or popular Saints.  His decision to always include the deformity on her left ring finger epitomized the striking realism that caused many supporters of an idealized Renaissance art form popular at the time to denounce him as a mere imitator of nature without merit. Those critics would have been completely ignorant to his use of blackness to shape and select details of the mise-en-scene (the scene more or less).  It could be possible that Fillide sustained the injury as punishment for the time she tried to kill another prostitute who'd earned the favor of her pimp after a wild chase.  Violent times.


Graham-Dixon, Andrew.  (2010).  Caravaggio:  A Life Sacred and Profane.  New York, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.