Sunday, August 26, 2018

AMAZON AUTHOR'S PAGE










As a journalist, novelist, private spy, undercover operative and director of an intelligence service, it can certainly be said that Robert Eringer has enjoyed a wide-ranging career.

He began his writing career as a London-based foreign correspondent for The Toronto Star and The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), filing feature stories and high-profile interviews from around Europe.  As an investigative reporter for British large-circulation Sunday newspapers, Eringer raked the gutter, exposing sleaze-balls and scumbags.  His specialty was infiltrating extremist groups, including violent anarchists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.  (He still possesses a red robe and hood the KKK tailored for him.)

Eringer evolved from journalism to private intelligence before embarking on a ten-year career operating undercover for FBI Counterintelligence.  Some of his missions are included in Ruse (Potomac Books) published in 2008.

Using his intelligence experience as grist, Eringer merged two skills (writing and spying) to author a cluster of humorous espionage novels that combine intrigue and lunacy.  As a novelist, Eringer inhabits a world of master spies, billionaires, royalty and delusional lunatics.  In reality, he keeps the same company, with battle scars to prove it, documented, although inaccurately, throughout cyberspace.

Two decades ago, a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (Liberty Lobby v. Jack Anderson) called Eringer “mysterious” and questioned his “actual existence.”  Eringer, himself, continues to question actual existence.  

Commencing June 16th, 2002 until December 31st, 2007, Eringer was spymaster to Prince Albert II of Monaco.  After Prince Rainier’s death in April 2005, and Albert’s ascension to the throne, Eringer created the principality’s first (unofficial) intelligence agency, the Monaco Intelligence Service.  It was killed off by a person who feared what it had uncovered.

Resettling in Santa Barbara, Eringer became “The Investigator” (a weekly column) for the Santa Barbara News-Press.

In 2016, Eringer returned to fiction with the publication of Motional Blur (Skyhorse), acclaimed by T.C. Boyle as “A nonpareil road novel that winds up packing a real emotional punch,” and the forthcoming Last Flight Out (Bartleby Press), a novel about traveling in time through photographs.

He is currently on a mystical journey that he chronicles on his blog Clubhouse on Wheels, which attracts 60,000 visitors each week.


With T.C. Boyle
Tecolote Bookstore, Montecito
October 2016


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

CHARLES BRONSON: "LIFE'S A BITCH"



Colored pencil on card
7.5 x 9.5
$500



Available through online gallery:






CHARLES BRONSON ART



Hallucinations 2004
Colored pencil on card
8 x 12
$700


Available through online gallery:




A rare opportunity to own an original piece of visionary outsider art by Charles Bronson, the most notorious prisoner in the UK.

Bronson has spent time in the psych ward of every British prison.  He remains incarcerated.

Our drawings came directly from Bronson himself in the mid-2000s when we created and opened The Bedlam Bar in Hampstead Village, north London.

Drawings by Bronson are never displayed in art galleries; they only very occasionally come up for auction.




From Surreal Bounce (Earthshine Editions, 2009):

The Bedlam Bar finally opens, featuring a four-sided-wall-plus-ceiling mural with full moon, swirling night sky and glowing stars overhead (homage to Van Gogh's Starry Night).

A surreal Bosch-like ice age on the left depicts freezing cold water and a snake, symbolizing the treatment of mental patients (especially in Germany), when patients were lowered slowly into snake pits or hosed with ice cold water.  Why such barbaric treatment?  It was believed such "therapy" would shock melancholy catatonics to their senses.

Nearby is an icon of St. Dymphna, patron saint of lunatics, for whom a candle always burns.

Walt Freeman, the lobotomist, is commemorated within another mural, his famed golden ice pick in hand.

Around a banquette hangs artwork by Charles Bronson, declared criminally insane in 1978 and considered Britain's most dangerous prisoner; electrifying art reflecting his unique reality.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

ONLINE GALLERY: SURREAL BOUNCE







Earthshine Editions, 2009.

Travels with a nocturnal artist in search of creativity and madness.

Private edition of 150 copies.

Coffee table format 7.5 x 10.25.

183 pages.

An edition limited to 150 copies.  This copy is number 39, signed by author and artist.


Available through online gallery:





Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

THE EDGE





Final night in the desert, climaxed at The Edge, a quite spectacular steakhouse so-called because it sits on... the edge. 




Afterwards, for dessert, a precious view of Mars.

Nothing like the desert sky for star (and planet) gazing.



SAN JACINTO PEAK



Photo:  Marcus Boyle





PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY





From the desert floor to San Jacinto peak (8,000 feet up) in fifteen minutes.

Desert:  107 degrees F.

Mountain peak:  67 degrees F.





BEST BUDS: READY FOR AN ADVENTURE








Saturday, August 4, 2018

AN ADMISSION





Were it not for being phenomenally fortunate through family and some modicum of skill, I might have ended up at one of these off-beat places.

If it seems at any point like I'm making fun of these folks, it is a misperception.  I'm laughing with them at the material world. These are my people, the wild ones, the mavericks, the artists, the rebels.



GOODBYE SALTON SEA (THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES)





After four hours' circling the Salton Sea we are overheated and manic-eyed, and rolling back toward the material world (which in Rancho Mirage means a gazillion country clubs and golf courses and in Palm Desert means every shop, brand and fast food shack ever devised).


SALTON SEA: GROUND ZERO






Here's one thing you didn't know:

The San Andreas Fault begins beneath the Salton Sea.

When the Big One quakes (long overdue and expected any moment) the rock 'n' roll starts here.  



Friday, August 3, 2018

BOMBAY BEACH: THINGS TO DO







You cannot drive your own car into this but you're welcome to take a seat in one of the wrecks to watch whatever horror movie is featured.


(Time to change the marquee)



Most popular:  The Hills Have Eyes, which was filmed nearby.


The Botanic Garden

See?


The Opera House


Inside the Opera House


BOMBAY BEACH





In the 1950s, this was a gem of a resort, east side of the Salton Sea.



WHAT TO DO IN NILAND



Stay here


Brunch


Hang here, people-watch (not)


Sup here


Load up on booze


But if you're looking for excitement, say, a drive-in movie, opera house and botanical garden, drive 18.2 miles north along the Salton Sea to Bombay Beach.  

(Stay tuned...)



JIMMY HORNFEATHER






En route to Niland from East Jesus, we discover a kindly gent hawking his wares on a roadside stand near his home (above).

Jimmy Hornfeather has resided here since 1985.




This is the road that Jimmy lives on.

And this is Jimmy...




This is what Jimmy crafts and sells...





"They're all twenty dollars each, doesn't matter big or small," says Jimmy.  "They've been twenty dollars each since 1985."

Jimmy throws in free horn-carving lessons. 






Awesome as a road-bag adornment.



UPON LEAVING EAST JESUS





A few magic words and the portal opens for a return to reality.

That said, the so-called reality is nearby Niland.

(Stay tuned...)



EAST JESUS EXIT RAMP



By air


East Jesus has many ways out.


By sea


By vintage VW hippie bus


By house (think Dorothy, Wizard of Oz)



And then you realize, once you cross through the portal into East Jesus there's no way out...




EAST JESUS RESIDENTS





They were very busy and had nothing to say.





At the risk of sounding political, this is where, for all their sins, America's white men will end up.



EAST JESUS: THE RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD







Thursday, August 2, 2018

EAST JESUS HAS LOTS TO SEE



Entertainment

Music


A church


A restaurant


A landmark


An art museum


A zoo


(I'm at a loss with this one)