America and the Cult of the Cactus Boots: A Diagnostic ~ a novel written by: Phillip Freedenberg with Illustrations by: Jeff Walton will be published by Corona \ Samizdat Press. Coming soon in 2021.
There is a very strongly plotted core architecture of fictional and non-fiction action in the book, which is nested in a complex Mandelbrot fractal structure surrounding a diagnostic theoretical index of ideas.
That is an eloquent way to articulate the work thus far while preserving its mystery, until of course the book is published and read as an entire gestalt, at which point the grander meanings, and implications of the text will be accessible to the reader of the book.
This is a book about writing a book while waiting for a book to arrive in the mail, and the mysterious transmissions regarding author Rick Harsch and his novel The Manifold Destiny of Eddie Vegas, that inspire an eccentric alchemical experimental metafictional odyssey occurring both inside as well as outside the book, under the existential umbrella of a decaying America.
The book explores metafiction, philosophy, neuroscience, totalitarianism, alchemy, psychology, cosmology, psychedelia, politics, physics, mystery, adventure, absurdism, poetry, and literature within an obscured hero’s quest plot arch in the book among a few things.