THE CAPRICIOUS CRITIC
by Ari Martin Samsky
Edited and with an Afterword by Iris Smyles
Seismicity Books 2010
“Ari Samsky,” a freelance medical anthropologist under assignment for the web-museum Smyles & Fish, has been hired to review an assortment of places, products, and activities, but each of his columns pulls him deeper into a bizarre nether-world filled with fountain pens, evil druids, a half-mad scientist/chef named Professor Lothar DeGroot, Ryan Reynolds, and a cast of story-telling pilgrims reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales were it written by H.P. Lovecraft. An afterword by “Iris Smyles,” Mr. Samsky’s mysterious and eccentric editor, concludes this genre-defying book.