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Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss And Do Things With Him

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Hank and Larry are performance artists on the seedy streets of San Francisco where art fans flock to see what crazy performance they'll do next with chainsaws, roller skates, or lard. Fame and fortune seem just around the corner—provided Larry can keep his best friend Hank's paranoia and delirium from spiraling out of control.

But when poverty forces the performers to take
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Paperback, 470 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Freakshow Books (first published February 24th 2014)
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Meghan
May 13, 2014 Meghan rated it really liked it
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

When I received a random email one day from a very nice lady asking me if I would want to participate in this blog tour, I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into. Interesting storyline? Check. Book cover that catches my attention? Check. Inability to tell anyone no? Check check CHECK (haha). I had to give it a try.

Hank and Larry are performance artists that are fo
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Jul 24, 2016 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
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Take That, Bill

Given the author's serious performance artist c.v. what I expected here was something like the literary version of giving William S. Burroughs a hammer and a can of spray paint and letting him loose in a china shop

What I got is more restrained, witty, well plotted, honest, observant and carefully structured than I could have imagined. This book is loaded with sly observations and deadpan sendups of mainstream and fringe art and performance, and may be the single funniest and most
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zxvasdf
Jan 02, 2014 zxvasdf rated it really liked it
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Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss And Do Things With Him is exactly what it says, kind of. I don't believe I've read a book with a blatantly entertaining disassociation from reality. The things that happen here just don't happen in real life, but dumb and dumber Hank and Larry manage to pull off a sort of charmed existence. You just don't meet attractive women and get jobs this easy in real life if you are those guys. Maybe it's a San Francisco thing...

Anyways those two kidnap a thinly v
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Red
Apr 10, 2014 Red rated it it was amazing
Taking place in San Francisco's historically seedy Tenderloin district, "Two Performance Artists" tracks Hank & Larry, who, unsurprisingly, are occasional programmers during the day and performance artists at all times. They're necessarily propelled by manic optimism, as their performances are generally not well received (though their descriptions are hilarious), and they're almost never paid. Their day jobs are draining corporate numbers, and Hank & Larry's liturgy of complaints against ...more
Anna Janelle
It has literally been FOUR MONTHS since I read this book - and I'm still not sure what to say. This book defies description, really. It is disturbing and intriguing and outrageous and raw and gritty and disgusting and smart. Needless to say, gentle folks in search of a heartwarming Hallmark tale won't really find it here. I'm extremely open-minded and liberal and artsy, but there were sections of this book that make me umcomfortable borderline squeamish slash offended. It is chalk full of scathi ...more
Shanise
Apr 12, 2015 Shanise rated it really liked it
I got this book at a Friends of the Library book sale. It caught my eye because performance art has always been interesting to me, however I honestly expected this book to be terrible. Pretty much bought it as a joke. But, as it goes, don't judge a book by its cover.

Thick book but it was a fairly quick read for me as the chapters were short and kept sucking me in with each turn of the page. Interesting storyline with twists and turns and strange happenings. It was a wild ride from start to finis
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Sarah
Aug 04, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
A hilarious and surprisingly assured debut. Incredibly original, exceptionally perceptive, cinematic and legitimately thought-provoking. Wichmann's voice is as refreshing as a bucket of cold water on a hot summer's day and I for one can't wait to see what he does next -- and to see Two Performance Artists find the audience and attention it most certainly deserves. A+!
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May 31, 2014 Jeff Goldenberg rated it it was amazing
It's not often you can accurately describe a book with one word, but you can for this book: ZANY!
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