A hilarious,yet deadly accurate portrayal of inept dysfunction in both school and show biz, this is an undiscovered gem waiting in the wings for its closeup. Protagonist Lenny is a wisecracking Long Islander who, upon moving to southern California, gives himself five years to succeed as a Hollywood writer. Thus the barrage of clever witty pop-culture based one liners; Lenny can't resist poking fun at members of the club he wants so desperately to join. But they won't let him in yet, so to pay the bills he puts his bachelor's degree to use and accepts a position as a substitute teacher.
One could imagine a filmed version of this story as a hybrid of "The Blackboard Jungle" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". And like those two classroom classics, "No One's Even Bleeding",is poignantly,richly, evocative of its own era, in this case, the second half of the Reagan-Bush eighties, a time when the cringe-inducing, hollow slogan of futility,"No Child Left Behind" virtually guaranteed that unprecedented numbers of young people would soon be forever left behind.
With blunt,direct prose that is often reminiscent of Bukowski, but with a sense of humor that is rooted in self-deprecation rather than mean-spiritedness, Lenny chronicles the beginning of the irreversible deterioration of our public school system. The result is a brutal expose of the incredible hypocrisy, pettiness, vindictiveness, and waste that permeate the hierarchies of school districts everywhere. On the bright side, Lenny has come to the ironic realization that he has grown into a somewhat responsible adult;he's suddenly aware that he's a much better person than he ever thought he could be. Mark Twain gave Huck Finn a similar epiphany. But instead of lighting out for the territory, Lenny will stay where he is and watch the empire crumble from mhis perch behind the big desk.