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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  11 reviews
While ending an affair with a Buddhist teacher, Dodie Bellamy wrote about it simultaneously on her blog. This experiment in writing in extremis explores nuances of public shame, the vagaries of desire and rage, and Bellamy's confusion over the authenticity of group and individual spirituality. What is personal, what is public? In the electronic age, can anybody tell the di ...more
Paperback, Allone Co. Editions, 150 pages
Published April 2011 by Publication Studios
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Allison Floyd
I am profoundly grateful for this book, in this visceral, immediate, and subjective way that disinclines me to say much beyond that. Of course, there is so much to respond to, analyze, reflect on, identify with, raise an eyebrow, nod, and laugh out loud at, pine, grieve, and long for, obsess over, wish you'd written and so forth. But I think I'll just sit with my gratitude that Bellamy was brave enough to write this and put it out as is, and that I read something so personally resonant at such a ...more
Laura Jean
Didn't love this one, but I did love the way it made me think about what a manuscript is, what a manuscript can contain, and what a manuscript doesn't have to be.
Carrie Lorig
tore me up thank god the blog can be in the book too and then scream at us in the tenderest way i love her so much and these women give me so much land to work with i love them deeply for caring so much about my on their other side listening.
Diane Shipley
Interesting, provocative, unusual memoir about heartbreak and creativity.
I got this book at city lights at the reading that Bellamy and Cooper had. And I was thrilled when I started reading it, voracious, telling everyone I would run into when they inevitably asked what are you reading right now to read it. And then the book travelled downstairs to my studio and sifted itself to the bottom of some pile. I unearthed it this week while home sick from work and doing puttering tasks like sifting. i recently finished reading Kraus's I love dick, and went through a similar ...more
Emily Joyce
I really enjoyed this piece of experimental writing by Bellamy, assembled from blog posts after breaking up with a Buddhist teacher. What I responded to most of all was a frequent theme of vulnerability and emotional openness, which Bellamy is highly self-aware of, especially part way through the book when she begins plans for publishing. She's also confronting and reclaiming criticisms of women "over-reacting" and being overly emotional. The meta-awareness of her posts, her reflections on overs ...more
Chloe Caldwell
Dang. It's really hard to make me uncomfortable with emotional and difficult subject matter but this book did so. It's SO reflective and naked. Definitely not for everyone, but definitely for me. So many sentences that made me set the book down and breathe because they hit such a nerve. Can't think of any other books as unique as this one. For everyone who has been through a hellish break up (and that's everyone) read this.
Ian Mathers
Read an excerpt, grabbed the ebook, read it in one go on a plane. It left me strangely underwhelmed. I guess the excerpt led me to expect something more about the situation and more about the titular Buddhist and less about the texture of Bellamy's life (which seems to be mostly composed of constant, intense self-reflection, to the extent that it gets kind of tiresome). There's good stuff in here, but sometimes it was a chore to get through.
Derek Fenner
What Dodie accomplishes with this text is an exhilarating combination of language and carving out in open what others repress. And she does so with a sense of humor against the dimension of the Traumatic Real (Zizek). Loved every page.
I've been on a navel-gazey-autobiographical-works kick lately. The Buddhist fits the bill nicely. If your tolerance for fractured storytelling and self-indulgent self reflection is low, you'll probably want to skip this one.
Liz  Latty
big fan. big big fan.
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Dodie Bellamy is an American novelist, nonfiction author, journalist and editor. Her work is frequently associated with that of Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, and Eileen Myles. She is one of the originators in the New Narrative literary movement, which attempts to use the tools of experimental fiction and critical theory and apply them to narrative storytelling.

She ist married to Kevin Killian.
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“public display and operatic suffering—an in-your-face owning of one’s vulnerability and fucked-upness to the point of embarrassing and offending tight-asses is a powerful feminist strategy. Writing is tough work, I don’t see how anyone can really write from a position of weakness. Sometimes I may start out in that position, but the act of commandeering words flips me into a position of power.” 1 likes
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