By Jonathan Ames

Acclaimed novelist and author of HBO's new sequence "Bored to Death" Jonathan Ames writes his first comics paintings with the unique image novel THE ALCOHOLIC, illustrated by means of THE QUITTER artist Dean Haspiel.
This touching, compassionate, eventually funny tale explores the center of a failing author who's coming off a doomed romance and looking for wish. regrettably, the 1st position his seek takes him is the ground of a bottle as he careens from one off-kilter come upon to a different looking for himself.

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Now and then I was allowed to play in one of the neighbouring small towns, but on the whole my father was against these exhibitions, for which, with great justice, he did not consider me ripe. He felt that it was now time to send me to some great masters for further study in harmony and the piano, and after long debate it was decided that I should first go to Darmstadt to study counterpoint with Einck, the celebrated organist, and then to Paris in order to take lessons from Kalkbrenner. So the chapter of my childhood was closed; a childhood so happy that even now it stands vividly before my eyes, and the recollection of its manifold enjoyments is one of my greatest pleasures.

In spite of the large star that decked his breast, his princely dignity was soon forgotten in the banter of wit in which he good-humouredly joined. I remember one amusing incident, the thought of which provokes my mirth even now. The whole company, prince included, sang in chorus a simple German ditty, ' Der La-la-la-la-Laudon rtickt an' (Laudon advances), repeated innumerably ; the fun consisting in the manner in which the leader (my father) started 22 LIFE OF SIR CHARLES HALLE each repeat, which the whole company had to imitate, now giving it out in full stentorian voice, then in a whisper, now in sentimental adagio fashion, then in humorous dance rhythm, now standing, now sitting and turning their faces to the wall, every change being totally unexpected.

M. H. E 2 52 LIFE OF SIR CHARLES HALLE CHAPTER II 1838-1848 Stephen Heller—His gifts as an improviser—Musical evenings at the Rue d'Amsterdam—Heinrich Heine: his attitude towards music; a rupture and a reconciliation—Richard Wagner in 1839: the fate of ' Christoph Colomb:' subsequent meetings at Heidelberg and Bayreuth—How I heard Paganini—My friendship with Berlioz : his gifts and limitations—Habeneck's historic pinch of snuff—Berlioz as a conductor—Armand Bertin's generosity—My first public concert in Paris—Marriage in 1841: the significance of the number 11— Tour in Germany in 1842—Acquaintance with Mendelssohn : his marvellous memory—Conducting without score—Concert at Darmstadt—A noisy apartment on the Rue Blanche—Delsarte's singing— A galaxy of talent—Ingres and his love of music—Ary Scheffer— My first visit to England in 1843 : Ernst and Sivori—Ernst's solo on the 15s.

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