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OD: Docufictions

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Each of Harold Jaffe's 13 docufictions features a well-known personage who either died of an overdose or was invested in "drugs" to the extent that they contributed to his/her death. Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holiday, Bela Lugosi, Aldous Huxley, Freud, Poe, Lead Belly, Sonny Liston, Diane Arbus, jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Abbie Hoffman are among those featu ...more
Paperback, 1st, 132 pages
Published February 6th 2012 by Journal of Experimental Fiction Books/Depth Charge (first published December 7th 2011)
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I'm a longtime fan of Harold Jaffe's work. His last book, Paris 60, was among my favorites. Happily, OD is another strong effort. From start to finish, I read the book with pleasure.

The book chronicles the lives (or pieces thereof) of public figures and celebrities whose deaths were due, at least in part, to drug overdoses. Included are chapters on Marilyn Monroe, Abbie Hoffman, Jean Seberg, Jim Jones, Billie Holliday, Jim Morrison, and many others.

"OD" offers significant insight into their live
The subjects of Harold Jaffe’s latest book can relate. Jaffe, a literature professor at San Diego State University and editor of Fiction International, explores the ultimate in bad luck: those who, in seeking the pinnacle of pleasure, experience a fatal overdose.

In OD, published by the Journal of Experimental Fiction in Illinois, the untimely deaths of Bela Lugosi, Billie Holiday, Jim Jones and many others are worked over and reimagined. Jim Morrison as Artonin Artaud. Sonny Liston as Mafia meat
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Three and a half, for the inventiveness and remaking of the lives of Marilyn, Janis, Jimi, and more, who died of overdoses. For those who like crisp narratives that have a foot in two worlds: the sensational/speculative, and what can be verified.

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Harold Jaffe is the author of 22 books, including nine fiction collections, one nonfiction collection, and three novels.

Jaffe's fiction has appeared in such journals as The Mississippi Review, City Lights Review, The Paris Review, New Directions in Prose and Poetry, Chicago Review, Chelsea, Fiction, Central Park, Witness, Black Ice, Minnesota Review, Boundary 2, ACM, Black Warrior Review, Cream Ci
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