- Never Mind Nirvana
Never Mind Nirvana is the third novel by Mark Lindquist, published in 2000.
Never Mind Nirvana is set in the Seattle music scene and chronicles the misadventures of a former musician who becomes a prosecutor. Stylistic quirks include real characters from the Seattle scene interacting with fictional characters. "One of the many pleasures of Never Mind Nirvana is in its rightness of local details.... Lindquist's penchant for the truth pays off, for his novel gives us a Seattle we can recognize." (Claire Dederer, Seattle Times) Blurbs on the book were written by Peter Buck of R.E.M., filmmaker Peter Farrelly, and authors Bret Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz.
LA Weekly "Reading Pick of the Week" "Every detail, down to a stripper's multiple piercings, rings true. Though not autographical per se, the novel, in part, parallels Lindquist's own life. Lindquist gained admittance to the literary Brat Pack, which included Jay McInerney and Bret Easton Ellis, with his first novel, Sad Movies, (1987). But after the publication of a second novel, Carnival Desires, Lindquist put his writing on hold to attend law school, and became a deputy prosecutor in the Pierce County Special Assault Unit. His first-hand knowledge of legal procedure as well as the Seattle rock scene, and his sense of irony combined with an ability to nail a character's quirks make Never Mind Nirvana laugh-aloud hilarious. In addition, the reading will be a homecoming of sorts: Lindquist spent much of the mid-'80s in Los Angeles as a screenwriter, alternately hobnobbing with the movie-biz elite (including then-love interest and ex-movie Brat Packer, Molly Ringwald) and slumming around the underground Hollywood rock scene (he was a fixture at L7 gigs and after-hours haunts like the Zero One). At readings, Lindquist's delivery is deadpan and witty." (Pleasant Gehman, LA Weekly)
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