Category Archives: Book Excerpts

Livy “discovers” U2, 1979

Excerpt: Chapter 11, Ticket to Ride On assignment  for the New Yorker in Dublin, Livy has a chance “meeting” with a new band called U2 at Trinity College. Pictures in grey, Dorian Grey, just me, by the sea. And I … Continue reading

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The Awakening

In chapter 4 of book 2 Livy has come to a crossroads. Having written countless shorts for the New Yorker, she’s tired, frustrated and bored. As it seems she’ll never get a chance to write something of substance, she’s decided … Continue reading

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Morgan Takes on Capitalism

by philip scott wikel My roommate keeps telling me to avoid getting political on my blog. It seems he feels that I should try to maintain a sort of sterile position when it comes to writing and that I should … Continue reading

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Second-guessed to Death

by philip scott wikel You may or may not have noticed that one of my greatest concerns at the moment is the state of literacy in the US. For some strange reason some of my blog readers are making the … Continue reading

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In Search of Beauty

In Chapter 15 of Ticket to Ride, Morgan finds himself in the town of Lagos, Portugal; frustrated in his search for beauty and truth: “Once, I wandered around the entire diameter of the town trying to picture it when all … Continue reading

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Baja 1979, from Ticket to Ride

Intro to an excerpt from Chapter 14 of Ticket to Ride It’s now the spring of 1979 and Livy’s editor has sent her to San Diego to meet with a bunch of surfers for a trip to Cabo San Lucas. … Continue reading

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Mother Nature’s Son

In the following excerpt (from Chapter 9 of Ticket to Ride), having earlier described Morgan Blake, my male protagonist, as something of a philosopher and intellectual, I wanted to show a completely different side of him; the side connected to … Continue reading

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Schematic of all Things

This poem came to me a few days after 9/11. It was originally part of a short story called “Love Among the Anthrax.” It’s now part of Ticket to Ride. It’s about coming together to achieve common goals. Which goals … Continue reading

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from Here We Are Now (the sequel to Ticket to Ride)

Intro to Here We Are Now, chapter five: In Here We Are Now (the sequel to Ticket to Ride) I present a very conflicted character, Dylan Blake, who, for me, represents the 90s generation and the fractured and splintered psyche … Continue reading

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