root (“/”) begins with a mock tech manual replete with ridiculous acronyms regarding the Information Systems Integration Structure (ISIS) operating system: proceeds to a flurry of prose-cartoons: Object-Oriented Prose Programs (OOPP): and Asynchronous Text Motives (ATMs): and concludes with the doomed romance of Blood and Night: two tragic-comic ghosts in the Machine.
“Anyone who reads and re-reads / will be drawn — certainly: inexorably: hypnotically — to the same conclusion of this astonished reader: Adam Engel wears a hat.”
— David Robinson: Reader of great books and Writer of bad checks translated into a dozen languages
“Reading / made me want to leap up and shout for joy! Which I did. And broke my ankle. I’ll be more careful next time. My doctors warned my next encounter with this author could be fatal. What do they know? I must go on: I can go on: I will go on reading Adam Engel.”
— Jennifer Gonzalez-Blitz: Artist: Reader: and Co-Author of her own life
“Adam Engel is the real thing: the greatest prose-cartoonist since Charles Baudelaire — or was it Charles Bukowski? Whatever. Engel is the realest thing in American letters today — which ain’t no big thing: but it’s some kind of thing: better than no thing. Isn’t it?”
— Aviva Shapiro: Producer and Ringmaster of Le Cirque d’Or
“Blah, blah, blah. Bleh, bleh, bleh. Blurb, blurb, blurb.”
— Eric Conliffe: Beater of his own drum and Author of several award-winning blurbs.