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Published on September 27th, 2005 | by Greg


Indecision – Not Such a Bad Thing?

Ah, irony. Ah, drugs. Ah, late twenty-something NYC richkid angst.

Benjamin Kunkel forces us to face the hard facts about these things in his debut novel: they really exist, and they are not pretty.

And there are parts in Indecision where Kunkel definitely has an opinion on these things. Or maybe it’s his character, cleverly not named Benjamin Kunkel, who realizes these things.

Anyway, things are realized, and drugs are taken, and irony is hip again. And Indecision slides over the top of it all, with plenty of cleverness and drug references (but not so much that someone would confuse it with, say, David Foster Wallace). But Dwight turns from doofus slacker into loving sensitive world-traveller and that just kind of bums me out, man.

Indecision was, I’m sure, fun to write. And it’s fun to read at times. There are even some nice educational lessons: tidbits and digs about philosophy, politics, psychology, and other big concepts that start with “p”. But the substance of the book feels lacking, with parts tacked on, unconvincing dialogue and motivations, and of course, the problem that plagues a generation… ultimately no real point to it all.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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