On the origins of On the Origins of Joy Boys Chasm

I wrote On the Origins of Joy Boy’s Chasm while living in France, where I had been studying with the aid of a graduate research fellowship. I had just finished writing an emotionally taxing, introspective novella, "an archaeological expedition of things past" as I had referred to it from within, and was in need of some levity to replenish my emotional coffers.

I needed a sentence that would lead me in a new direction, and I at last came up with this simple one: Joy Boy and Flyaway had been at it for weeks. It did the trick, taking me from a space of melancholy, gloom and isolation to a new destination called madcap.

Writing the book became very therapeutic for me and, as the characters continued to grow and accompany me more and more throughout my days, becoming ultimately my faithful companions, it was great fun to decide what they were going to do next. But even more than this, it was great fun to see how they surprised me to no end with their actions and impulses, to the point where I would sometimes be writing only to stop mid-sentence and say, "I can’t believe that just happened. What is wrong with you people!"

And so from sadness, laughter was born. Two opposing forces, inextricably linked. And for me, with my Emerald Isle DNA, each always hot on the heels of the other.

So grab a chair, Dear Reader, and get ready for a ride. Today, we laugh.

Liam James Leaven

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Please remember that I am only interested in reviewing books that are funny. If you have written a western or a romance, I may read it, but I cannot review it for this blog unless it is also funny.

Also please remember that funny is subjective: your funny may not be my funny, and vice versa, so when I choose not to review a book, it does not mean that the book is not funny. It means that I don't think it is funny enough to highly recommend. The decision not to review a book therefore is not a reflection of the writing or the author, but simply a product of my own built-in, irrational, and subjective fun-o-meter.

How subjective is funny? Richard Hooker's M*A*S*H was rejected 17 times before going on to become an academy award winning film and perhaps the greatest series in the history of television. John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces was rejected numerous times, including a rejection by Simon & Schuster, before going on to be published posthumously and subsequently win that obscure literary trophy called the Pulitzer Prize.

I'll bet the folks at Simon & Schuster think that's funny . . .