Gary Buslik

About Gary Buslik

Gary Buslik writes essays, short stories, and novels. His travel stories have appeared many times in Travelers' Tales anthologies. His collection A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin and Foreword Magazine Book Awards for travel writing. He teaches literature, creative writing, and travel writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls

Iranian president Akhmed teams up with the leaders of Venezuela and Cuba and their American intelligence agents to smuggle radioactive matzo balls into Miami Beach. But intelligence being as slippery a concept to these nincompoops as chicken fat on linoleum, when each member of the gang decides to ladle out his own personal nuke soup, holy terror Akhmed is left steaming. Will his plan to destroy America float like a fly or sink like a lead dumpling? Star-crossed lovers, conniving academics, and blustery social climbers collide with ravenous termites, international do-badders, and multi-level marketing in a plot as fast-paced and hilarious as a runaway mountain bus. Radioactivity has never been so much fun.

Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls2020-05-12T13:41:55-07:00

A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean

A Grprump in Paradise discovers that anyplace it’s legal to carry a machete is comedy just waiting to happen In A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean, Gary Buslik roams from one topic to another, only a few of which have anything to do with travel. Whether depicting the foibles of human nature or dispensing pearls of wisdom on marriage, his stream-of-consciousness narrative takes us well beyond Montego Bay. And on those occasions when he waxes poetic about the natural beauty of the islands, his language is downright lyrical, a surprising counterpoint to the candid commentary and spicy observations sprinkled liberally throughout his book.

A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean2020-05-12T14:24:33-07:00