Trying to write the Great American Novel? The more you sling it, the better off you are. That’s what everybody else is doing. Trust me. Just sit down and sling the shit…stream of consciousness, but make sure you stream a few sick sex scenes, throw in some Schopenhauer quotes, a battle scene, a divorce struggle, some cancer sufferers, a redemptive priest, Tuscany, existential angst, ten easy steps to- anything and everything- low fat dessert recipes, the Wild West, New York City, St. Bart’s, Vermont, Martha’s Vineyard, Hollywood, celebrity confessions, a poem about flowers, the after-life, a personal God.