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Portable Altamont

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Deliciously wicked satires about local and international celebrities, the poems in Portable Altamont evince an irrepressible grasp of the zeitgeist, its machinations and manipulations, its possibilities and puerility. Who other than artist and raconteur Brian Joseph Davis could have imagined Margaret Atwood as a human beatbox, Jessica Simpson applying for arts grants or th ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 19th 2001 by Coach House Books
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Dec 16, 2007 Jacob rated it really liked it
The other night I was at this reading at The Lab. It was for Small Desk Press and Instant City. It had three readers from each press and then three musical acts. So needless to say, it was a long evening. The last musical act was Brian Joseph Davis. He was also the last act of the evening. I bought his CD (of various sound experiments including a track of a punk rock 7" treatment of Adorno's Minima Moralia) and this book at the merch table and chatted with his friend (whose name I can't remember ...more
Dec 03, 2015 DeadWeight rated it really liked it
By virtue of its cultural immediacy, ages like milk*. Read immediately.

BEST BEFORE 05/11/2020


*Conversely, it might just become something else entirely. The references that no longer hold up at times comes off as absurd by nature - maybe it's worth it to consider Portable Altamont a live, decomposing dext; a marker of mass pop decay (further compliments the book's recurring end note eulogies to the celebrity of 90210's Luke Perry). Once-topical SNL sketches shall peak, and then devolve into go
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Definitely one of the quirkiest books I've ever read. Sometimes hilarious, but sometimes a bit dull -- a mixed bag but worth the read for the really great laughs.
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