Join us in celebrating the recent release of Martin Perlman’s debut novel, Thinks Out Loud.
It all started as a personal blog. For more than a year, Martin Perlman published his musings two or three times a week online; social commentary, cultural references, and the like. Then it became something more. The result is the . . . debut novel, Thinks Out Loud, a story that follows a burned-out blogger who washes up in the South Pacific, and a group of characters at odds with a high-tech CEO with murky intentions. —from Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Perlman has spent his adult life out West in California, Colorado, and Washington. Influences on his psyche include repeated viewings of Rocky and Bullwinkle, repeated listenings to Tom Lehrer and Firesign Theatre, and repeated readings of the collected works of James Thurber, J. G. Ballard, and Flann O’Brien (Brian O’Nolan). (BTW Martin’s mother was born in Dallas, and her favorite song was “Yellow Rose of Texas.”) In an age of specialists, he considers himself to be one of the last of the generalists. Along the Way, Martin has been a pipe and tobacco salesclerk, a ski lift operator, a dishwasher at an Italian vegetarian restaurant, a bay leaf harvester, bookstore clerk, freshman English instructor, proofreader and stock boy for an independent publisher, harmonica player for a rock band, the only dues-paying member of an improv group, freelance writer, staffer for a weekly news and entertainment magazine, short story and humor writer, a director of communications at a health foundation, and a communications specialist at a university. (And, until funding ran out, a web content writer for a high-tech start-up that floundered during the dot com-collapse.) He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Lane, and daughter, Lila.