August 24, 2010
Emory writer and associate creative writing professor Joseph Skibell is the first to admit that the idea for his latest novel, “A Curable Romantic” (Algonquin Books, 2010), is a bit far-fetched. After all, it’s centered on Sigmund Freud treating with psychoanalysis a patient who’s possessed by a Jewish dybbuk, or dead person’s soul. Throw in a protagonist who’s enamored with Freud’s patient – and then falls hard for the made-up language of Esperanto – and Skibell had quite the writing project on his hands.
Now, seven years after starting the project, Skibell’s novel has been published. Meanwhile, Algonquin is also releasing a new edition of his first novel, “A Blessing on the Moon.”
Recently, Skibell wrote and performed a song to sum up and sell “A Curable Romantic” – a 608-page book – in about two minutes. While the ditty didn’t land him the gig he was wanting, others are taking notice: Oprah’s O Magazine recommends “A Curable Romantic” in its September issue.
>> Listen to Skibell sing the song about “A Curable Romantic” that he wrote to try to win a spot in Jewish community center book fairs. (The song is set to the Gilbert and Sullivan tune “I am the very model of a modern major-general.”)