Mark Swartz is the author of Artists, a reference book published by Gale Research in 2001. As a writer on arts and culture, he has contributed to the Chicago Reader and the New Art Examiner, and his fiction and satire have been published in Chelsea, the Mississippi Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail. He currently works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Brooklyn. Swartz is 33 years old.
Instant Karma is a novel in the form of a diary written by an overzealous reader who daily browses the stacks of the Chicago Public Library in search of connections between obscure volumes, scrupulously footnoting his research, which seems to argue...