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Portable Altamont

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  2 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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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
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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