• Portrait of the Nonartist

  • Vale Short Stories, Book 8
  • By: Lancelot Schaubert
  • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
  • Length: 19 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Mom and dad wanted him to write the next great American novel, so he had a typewriter gathering dust in a closet. They wanted him to compose a symphony that would get him to Julliard or at least U of I, so the piano sat in the basement (alongside the money pit trombone) until its keys stuck. They wanted him to DJ the local radio and work his way up to NBC or even the Tonight Show as a comedian if he did enough stand-up. They focused on so many routes to his future fortune (which would be theirs as well) and future fame (the source of their future fortune) that he ended up rebelling his way into mediocrity. In telling him he could do anything, they told him he was good for nothing but their own pleasure, their own wealth, their own celebrity, their own power.   

But he could drive a truck, by God. Wasn't that worth giving your life to? Blood and all?

©2019 Lancelot Schaubert (P)2020 Lancelot Schaubert

Critic Reviews

“Schaubert’s words have an immediacy, a potency, an intimacy that grab the reader by the collar and say ‘Listen, this is important!’ Probing the bones and gristle of humanity, his subjects challenge, but also offer insights into redemption if only we will stop and pay attention.” (Erika Robuck, national best-selling author of Hemingway’s Girl)

“Loved this story because Lance wrote about people who don't get written about enough and he did it with humor, compassion, and heart.” (Brian Slatterly, author of Lost Everything and editor of The New Haven Review)

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  • JM
  • 09-02-20

19 Minutes Of Gold

Portrait Of The Non Artist is one of the best short stories by Lancelot Schaubert in my opinion. Again Daniel Dorse does a great job of narrating..

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A must for parents everywhere

Ever wonder if you are putting too many expectations on your child? Ever wonder if you are trying too hard to steal them somewhere that you wish you could have been? This is a great short tale of expectations. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • P. Kennard
  • 11-29-20

Another great snapshot of life

This is another brief snapshot into the mind of Lance Shaubert, one where he successfully encapsulates his character so well, that you seem to know all about him in less than twenty minutes. You will care about what happens to him. Well worth a listen.
Daniel Dorsey provides a dry performance that matches the story and brings out the character brilliantly.