Picky Hunting's Trilogy of Journals of the Plague Year: 2020-2022

Novel by James R. Hugunin

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Lavishly illustrated in four-color, James R. Hugunin's trilogy of books, Picky  HuntingPicky Unchainedand Picky's Constant Conversations, is now collected together in one convenient form on a high-quality USB drive (DSLRKIT 32GB USB Flash Drive Slim Thumb Mini Nano Micro Waterproof).

Picky Hunting: A Journal of the Plague Year

finds Picky Hunting, a retired Jewish psychoanalyst with a strong background in English
Literature (B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago) and a recent widow, fleeing the
Chicago area where she’s lived all her life, to resettle in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She hopes to find solace in nature, study Indigenous culture, write, pursue photography, and may even develop a new love interest. Within six months of her arrival, however, the march of His Evil Majesty COVID XIX through the world forces a lockdown in her adopted state. Just beginning to make friends, join a NewComers Club, travel, discover superb cuisine, enjoy musical concerts, and respond to online dating postings, the forced isolation suddenly blunts her drive toward new experiences and companionship. Her loneliness is abated to some extent by her two Black & White scotch label-looking dogs. Soon, Picky sees an opportunity. Inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year (1722), Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939), and Albert Camus’ The Plague (1947), Picky decides to hone her writing skills by daily tracking her life during the terrible reigns of “COVID XIX” and President Donald “Immanent Baboon” Trump. Throughout, Picky is haunted by the death of her husband (suicide or murder?), by his memory and continuing influence. Can she move past her past and open herself to love again?

Picky Unchained: A Sequel to Picky Hunting

In this sequel to Picky Hunting, the protagonist records in her journal meeting a new love interest, Mark, online and romance blossoms throughout a period of extreme climate catastrophes (fires, floods, tornadoes) and political events (Insurrection in Washington, D.C.).

Picky’s Constant Conversations

In this sequel to Picky Unchained, the protagonist records her maturing relationship and collaboration with her new love interest, Mark, on editing The Daily Carrot, their dialogue format bulletin focused on a variety of topics. Their paths are converging in life and in textuality.


James Hugunin is a professor of the History of Photography and Contemporary Theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of four experimental novels, two books of art criticism/theory, and numerous artist books. He is the founder and editor of two art journals, The Dumb Ox (1976-80) and U-Turn (1982-present). In 1983, he won the first Reva and David Logan Award for Distinguished New Writing in Photography from the N.E.A. and The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA. His work includes Wreck & Ruin: Photography, Temporality, and World (Dis)order (2013) and Writing Pictures: Case Studies in Photographic Criticism 1983- 2012 (2013), as well as the novels Elder Physics: The Wrong of Time: Stories from an Elder Home (2013), Something is Crook in Middlebrook (2012), Tar Spackled Banner (2014), Case X (2015), Afterimage: Critical Essays on Photography (2016), Q↔A: An Auto-Interview (2017), Finding Mememo: A Book in Search of an Author (2019) and Picky Hunting: A Journal of the Plague Year (2021), all published by JEF Books (The Journal of Experimental Fiction).

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