~Growing upside down in the Nineteen-Seventies~ A slice of life from a time gone by, a story of youthful folly, of stumbling cluelessly into the gaping maw of the age of Aquarius and living to tell the tail. Um, tale. **** A transplanted Yankee longhair living in nineteen-seventy-something Atlanta, young Mr. T finds himself wrestling with naked commie roommates, toothless rednecks, flatulent dogs, .357 Magnum-toting silversmiths, Indian fox-spirits, conniving neighbors, hot Swedish blondes, rubber ape masks, freak snowstorms and basically the world at large. Mr. T and his wastrel buddies inhabit a dilapidated Tudor on Morningside Drive, the best side of town. Blots on the landscape, they go about their idle hipster ways with slacker abandon. But there’s change in the wind and Beauregarde, a hognose snake with appetite issues, is headed their way. Beauregarde’s entrée into the wayward household heralds the impending collapse of the collective as well as the beginning of the end of a wild and crazy decade. For Mr. T it’s all turning into one big fat nasty hassle, a hassle that he is haplessly doing his best to avoid. Surrounded by the lunacy of his so-called friends, foes, neighbors and a Noah’s Ark of incarcerated animals, he’ll be lucky just to make it through the month. Reading like a post-pubescent stateside Adrian Mole on shrooms, this is a ribald tale of hipster youth in 1970’s America, the way it really went down.
Born in the Deep South in 1954, Brian M. Talgo later spent his formative years in Westchester County, a northern suburb of New York City. Despite his new Yankee status, he returned to the South (Atlanta, Georgia) after high school, where he idled away a large part of the 70's.
Wandering restlessly about the US for several years, working mainly as a carpenter and stonemason, he eventually found his inner Viking and relocated to Norway in 1981 after foolishly vowing to leave the country if a certain third rate movie actor became president. After many years abroad he has grown comfortable with his expat status.
The proverbial jack of all trades, Mr. Talgo eventually studied and nailed down a degree in ecology (University of Oslo) but shortly thereafter found himself wandering again, this time down the path of information technology. He currently works as an IT engineer at the University of Oslo, Blindern, while gazing longingly out over the fjords, waiting for his longship to come in. In the meanwhile he writes, paints and makes artsy-fartsy photos to fill in the time.
The author presently lives in Oslo together with his wife, son, two cats and a seven-foot avocado tree. A daughter has wisely flown the coop. The Beauregarde Affair is his first major foray into the world of literature.