I'm like a parent who refuses to give up on his kid. Sure he'a made some mistakes, gotten sidetracked, but he deserves a second chance. Don't we all.
Anyway, here it is, the new Birdman edition with new cover. It's only 99 cents on Kindle. Here's the foreword, which you can preview anyway on the Amazon site, so it's not like I'm giving it away. Take a chance, support a local writer, save some trees, find some meaning in your crooked, twisted life. I mean, what are you waiting for? Download it now!
Foreword – Second Edition
It has been almost a dozen years since Billy Kagan, aka Bert Smith the Birdman wandered the Irish hinterlands seeking his soul. Much has changed. The Celtic Tiger has come and gone. The world seems to have survived the passage into a new millennium, albeit semi-fractured in its consciousness and its ability to carry on.
It is instructive to look back on the world Billy was watching in those wild-eyed days. We seemed to be perched on the edge of a yawning chasm, pursued by the ghosts of our former misdeeds, and uncertain of a future providence. Nowadays, a new generation looks to the birds, “perchers, songsters, blown by the wind and content to sit in the early and late days of the lingering sun, faith in perpetual sustenance, sharp-eyed observers of the moribund and settled,” as the waves of creative destruction crash down again on the rocks of these shores.
It is time to bring Billy forward on the bridge he foresaw being built, bypassing the architecture and snares of the old city, into a new land of opportunity. This electronic edition of Birdman is for the reader who knows that sometimes you have to step back in order to move on.