About the Book
Attitude House by Vincent Quatroche is a new collection of prose & poetry collected over the course of last five years. The work reflects the author’s view that increasingly modern American culture is becoming irrelevant in the face of unresolved issues of the environment, nuclear weapons, encroaching corporate control and influence in daily life coupled with a callous fiscal irresponsibility. While loss of personal freedoms, identity and lifestyle autonomy are being either widely ignored, trivialized or truncated in the interest of national security, we are enticed as an alternative to seriously dealing with these issues to concern ourselves with the latest salaciously detailed laced scandal or “max” out all our credit cards. The world grows a more dangerous place with each passing year. We will not be able to hide. Not in the marketplace, the shopping maul, the barroom, the bedroom, the ballpark or even at last, in a book of poems.
About the Author
Vincent Quatroche Sr. pictured above circa 1947 was a vibrant, productive artist working in a number of mediums and styles. From abstract, cubist, pop-art (both in oils and tempera), to more traditional, conservative techniques and subjects, Quatroche employed a highly individualist style that evolved continually during his lifetime. His early influences were variations on the themes of Pollack and Picasso. As his creative production which numbered in hundreds of canvases, sketches and notebooks spanned over half a century, Vincent consistently challenged himself to grow and express his talents with a variety of subject matter. His great love of the history of trains from steam to diesel figured prominently. Still life, landscapes of the sea, landscapes and portraits were also constant themes rendered in pen, ink and watercolors. In his latter years he returned to the impressionist treatment of another of his lifelong loves, Jazz and the great musicians who were giants in this art form. He continued to work up to within weeks of his demise at the age of 89 on Easter Sunday 2011. This book of short stories is dedicated to my father, who was my first teacher, mentor and friend and through his love, support and encouragement inspired me to find my own voice in creativity and expression.