‘News Clown’ Finds Happiness in Prague

It's all worked out splendidly for this one-time U.S.-side crime and politics reporter.

For those of unfamiliar with Thor Garcia, there are really just two things you need to know: he’s an acclaimed, published novelist and a rock’n roll band lead singer.

A native of Long Beach, he got the journalism bug at UC Santa Barbara, editing the school newspaper there, and went on to work as a journalist in LA, Sacramento, San Francisco and New York City, specializing in crime, politics and education. These days, he lives in Prague, and per a recent interview with the Prague Post, couldn’t be happier:

Garcia moved to Prague after some friends from UCSB established an English-language newspaper in Prague called Prognosis.

“I loved Prague. It was everything I could dream about,” he said, adding that it was a totally different taste of life and gave him a whole new perspective. “Prague gave me mental space as a writer. In America the system is more closed; there are billboards and advertisement everywhere. Prague offers more freedom to think, read and explore,” he said. Garcia found himself caught between two cultures.

“By living in Prague I feel I’m just on my life longest vacation. I never had a day I was not fascinated about the city and not felt inspired as a writer,” he said.

Garcia said he had a difficult, tortured childhood, and he was raised in the rougher parts of town. His typical lower middle-class family in southern California did not have much. Based on what he experienced, he should have sought a psychologist.

Garcia’s next novel, Pussyland, comes out in October. His previous books include the The News Clown: A Novel:

The book tells the story of Thor, a young man whose dreams of a literary career have been sidetracked into an undemanding job as a “news clown” for a small wire service in the crime-infested back alleys of Bay City.

As Thor struggles with his inner demons, the national news clowns are cheering on President Wolfgang G. Mnung as he threatens a Middle Eastern dictator who may have stockpiled as many as 4,000 PlayStation video game units from which, according to sources, he might fashion a crude supercomputer to control weapons of untold devastation.