Bruce Balentine—like the OCD detective nicknamed “Monk”—was born natural but raised Caesarian. Impoverished as a child, Bruce grew up in a small tiddly winks box that his parents discovered abandoned near the underpass of a minor dual carriageway one especially dreary winter morning along the northern border of southeast West Virginia. School psychologists and probation officers have since speculated that this unique childhood experience explains a lot about Bruce’s chronic mood disorders, low self-esteem, poor habits of personal hygiene, and unusual gait. Although his condition has never been recognized by modern science as an official eating disorder, Bruce has also suffered from the lifelong scourge of being too short for his weight.

With the publication of this—his fourth book—Bruce intends to take up the study of writing, and with any luck at all should be able to master it in time for the expected supernova of the sun only some few billion years hence. Barring setbacks, a readable publication should be forthcoming well before the total collapse of the entire universe. So keep an eye out.

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Bruce Balentine

Leslie Degler-an interior designer, born and raised in Texas, who now resides in Manhattan with a doting but rather languid greyhound named Beaumont. He has drawn, obsessively, throughout his life and managed to acquire a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas after years and years (and years) of studies in drawing, painting, and similar distractions.

After a short stint with a Dallas architecture firm, Degler relocated to New York and began working with Jonathan Adler in a dynamic and growing interior design concern. A devout and practicing daydreamer, Leslie currently balances his attentions between interior design, drawing and painting. The subject of the latter has focused most recently on a rather leisurely greyhound named Beaumont.

Lelie Degler