NESTUCCA SPIT PRESS PRESENTS
THE BONNIE AND CLYDE FILES: HOW TWO SENIOR DOGS SAVED A MIDDLE AGED MAN
By Matt Love
A special limited print edition of 300 copies, signed by the author (and dogs), is now selling for $30 (plus shipping). A handmade bookmark will be included.
In 2017, at the age of 53, I experienced an extinction of self. For the first time in my life, I could not get a job, I was nearly broke, and I had no freedom of movement or conscience. I was an American outcast trapped in a labyrinth known as probation, desperately engaged in the ultimate struggle to stave off marginalization. There I was, lying on the couch, talking to my dead husky, words echoing through the house that was empty because I had performed terrible hospice care on myself and given away almost everything.
Then I found two senior dogs named Bonnie and Clyde, residents of Angels for Sara Sanctuary, a refuge along the Lewis and Clark River. There, walking two dogs, I resurrected as a human being. I read the river, tracked elk, watched birds, slayed blackberries, skipped rocks, cursed clearcuts, walked in rain and went deep into heretofore unknown areas of my creative mind. With Bonnie and Clyde at my side, I learned important lessons of faith, friendship, family, face-to-face encounters and the timeless remedy of nature, lessons I intuit can enlighten others who experience a cataclysmic personal event.
In The Bonnie and Clyde Files, I merge essay, cultural criticism, memoir, streams of consciousness and poetry to create a hybrid of a genre that is unlike any dog book I have ever read. I wrote on instinct, channeled Walt Whitman, and became a dog to better explore humanity, my country and the treatment of men and women at the hands of the state’s criminal justice system. I wrote to understand all the terrible, bizarre and wonderful things that were happening to me.
I invite you to support my latest literary endeavor by purchasing The Bonnie and Clyde Files direct from Nestucca Spit Press, scheduled for release in the fall of 2018. The book will be unavailable in stores. Half of the profits are earmarked for the Angels for Sara Sanctuary to continue their excellent work. Customers can use Paypal or make other arrangements for payment by contacting me via email or through this web site. Barter is also accepted.
I started the blog in 2017 after my life took an unforeseen direction that ended my professional, personal and creative life as I knew it. As the blog unfolded, I saw my writing head in surprising directions and I connected with readers from all over the world who seemed interested in what I had to say about beaches, oceans, dive bars, rain, rivers, clearcuts, dogs, elk, birds, books, writing, tennis, fiction, driftwood forts, poetry, probation, rapprochement, reinvention, Oregon history, metaphors, macrame and a lot more. Who knows where year two of the blog will journey? Thank you for joining me. I hope readers can make a financial contribution to support this ongoing editorial endeavor. It will make a big difference in keeping me going as a writer and NSP as a unique Oregon publisher. Give what you can. Spread the word, too.