Ladies and Gentlemen

Robert John Bartholomew

Abstract

This collection of short stories treats of the following diverse themes: the redemptive possibilities for seemingly despicable characters; the ways in which circumstances and the social environment affect characters' sexualities and personal relationships; the lengths to which characters are willing to go to get what they want, which want is often the desire to make contact with others; the struggle between characters' narcissism and their need to come to terms with a new self image, a self image which is often at odds with the one they wish for themselves; and the beauty of vulnerability. Additionally, one of the chief goals of many of these stories is to show the incredible beauty of eccentricity--and not just of any eccentricity, but of a seemingly pernicious, dangerous eccentricity; these stories treat of such characters generously and attempt to redeem these villains of the everyday world.