Brian Sweany at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis

INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 450 WEST OHIO STREET, INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46202 Apr 28 at 12 PM

Hank Fitzpatrick’s life is what you might expect from a manchild stumbling his way from his teens to his thirties in small town Indiana: hypersexual, drunk, stoned, prone to fits of spontaneous masturbation, occasionally Catholic, and accidentally well-intentioned. Caught in the crossfire of raging hormones, bad decisions and family tragedy, Hank is just a boy not yet ready to be a man. BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE is a roman à clef rooted in Brian Sweany’s own tragicomic life, from his childhood growing up in southern Indiana to his early adult years working in New York publishing. And if that’s not your thing, you can at least stay for the 80s music, or else the cameos by Johnny Depp, Woody Harrelson, and Kool and the Gang.

Author: Jake Levens

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About the Author

Brian Sweany‘s influences include but are not limited to John Barth and John Hughes, Chuck Palahniuk and Chuck Woolery, E.L. Doctorow and Cory Doctorow, Kurt Vonnegut and Kurt Cobain, Cormac McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy, William Faulkner and William Shatner, Philip Roth and David Lee Roth, Orson Welles and Tori Welles, Mark Twain and Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch, Edith Wharton and Edith Bunker, Donnie & Marie Osmond, David & Amy Sedaris, Jenna & Barbara Bush, Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, On the Road and Road House, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie’s Angels, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Baio, applewood-smoked bacon and Kevin Bacon.

Brian has a BS in English and History from Eastern Michigan University, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1995. A former semi-professional student, his collegiate tour included stop-overs at Wabash College (the all-male school that reputedly fired Ezra Pound from its faculty for having sex with a prostitute), Marian University (the former all-female school founded by Franciscan nuns that if you don’t count Brian’s expulsion has fired no one of consequence and is relatively prostitute-free), and Indiana University (via a high school honors course he has no recollection of ever attending).