by Josh Barkan
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Josh Barkan’s satiric first novel, Blind Speed, concerns Paul, the rather unethical drummer for a failed rock band who is stuck between protracted adolescence and overdue adulthood. What might seem a clichéd coming-of-age story becomes, in Barkan’s hands, a bildungsroman with a twist, for Paul, thirty-five years old and foundering, hardly resembles the prototypical blossoming young man.
Paul receives a palm reading from the arrogant, persuasive leader of a New Age–style retreat named Buffalo Man, who, in putting “his ear directly against the palm” of Paul’s hand, “nearly crushing him in pain,” informs him that he will probably die before his fortieth birthday. What really rattles Paul, however, is that Buffalo Man’s predictions start to come true: Paul’s brother is killed at the Pentagon on
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