Episode 307 — Jim Ruland

   

Jim Ruland is the guest. His new novel, Forest of Fortune, is available now from Tyrus Books. It is the official August selection of The TNB Book Club.

The Los Angeles Times calls it

[A] masterpiece of desperation, delusion and misdeeds…. Ruland…brilliantly taps the fundamental irony of casinos…. A satisfying read.

And Jerry Stahl says

…[Forest of Fortune] captures the soul and voice of hard-luck, hard-living Americans in a way that conjures up earlier masters like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford. Jim Ruland has an uncanny ability to get inside his characters….

Monologue topics:  National Geographic, Going Deep, David Rees, Otherppl Premium, dive bars, disillusionment, fetishizing filth.