An "I can't remember anymore" disclaimer doesn't necessarily dispel whether any of Quintron's Europa My Mirror is untrue — it's just that anyone who made it out alive has defied what we have come to believe about the human condition.
Apparently written with one thumb on an iPhone during Quintron's six-week tour with Miss Pussycat through Europe in 2016, Quintron's bizarro-Homeric vignettes illustrate his vivid, grotesque and hilarious headlong journey into the heart of darkness, from the nightly sticky-floored rituals summoning rock 'n' roll demons to quests for Portuguese hamburgers and Dutch psychedelics and a plot to murder a music festival founder. The details within each tour stop dodge the eternal cliches of Americans wandering the Old World, which Quintron views through a lens of an Alka-Seltzer and garbage coffee-fueled The Innocents Abroad populated by roadside sex workers brooding over stretches of highway, port wine-hoarding keychain goblins, and his foils sharing a van alongside him.
Chapters begin with Miss Pussycat's illustrations, followed by passages dripping with sleep deprivation, colorful characters and meditations on Euro disco paranoia, Hurricane Katrina and why American drugs are superior.
The first book released by Goner Records, it's an essential handbook to surviving life on the road and a loving tribute to it, but Europa also reveals the author — a stalwart New Orleans rock 'n' roll inventor and self-patented "nightclub organist" — as a gifted humorist, a misanthrope reluctantly embracing what's around each corner and a fatalist who hasn't written off the possibilities of love among strangers, as long as there's a decent place to sleep after the show.
Quintron reads from and discusses the book at 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at The Stacks at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St., 504-439-0846; www.thestacks-books.org) and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Alvar Library (913 Alvar St., 504-596-2667; www.nolalibrary.org).