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In Roomanitarian, popular author, actor, musician, and spoken-word artist Henry Rollins returns to the combative prose that has won him critical acclaim and a legion of devoted fans. The book is divided into three parts: The first section, "Walking the Chasm,” written in the form of a poem, epitomizes Rollins’s beautifully stark, hard-hitting style. The second part, "Ended...more
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Published October 27th 2005 by 2.13.61
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Nov 16, 2007 Carla rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Rollins fans, prose nerds, Kafka junkies
"I would give you the map to where all the landmines on my property are."

I can find the page with that quote in my rapidly becoming Dog Earred copy of this book, without even looking.

The size of this tome is aesthetically pleasing, as is cover art. The title? A take from Kafka. LOVE IT.

That quote single handedly sums up my love for Hank's writing. It's the most romantic thing I've ever read, yet gut wrenchingly painful...when you consider that from the perspective of the person saying that line....more
Harvey Harper
Satirical and dark and many-faced. My copy is dogeared all the way through pin-pointing my favorite tales. One story, about a spot of ever-growing black nothingness growing in the closet, is some of the most melancholy words I've read. Think empty streets under buzzing wires on a hot summer night.
Oct 10, 2008 Erik rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Goth kids
Recommended to Erik by: Found it at the Austin public library
I always thought Hank was this tough guy who never thinks about offing himself, and I still think he's gonna hang in there till the flesh falls from the bone. But reading his violent imagery and hopelessness with the self-serving nature of humans, you can see that in some ways he no longer wants to be here with us, and wants to leave whatever is decent on this Earth in his writing. He really voices a lot of feelings I have day in and day out, but am afraid to express for fear of alienating my lo...more
I'm not quite sure how to review this book, because it's a very mixed experience. Parts of it put me off completely (the violently and disgusting and very f-cked up parts) and part of it I loved (the beautiful prose, personal, but sane, tone of voice parts). I had to skip the 'to ann hitler with love' and 'letters to whitey' because they were just pointless, boring and somewhat disgusting. Rollins can be brutal and ironical, and I like that, when it doesn't get out of hand and becomes too vulgar...more
Amy Emmert
I love the way he thinks, its funny and is my new favorite thing :)
Parts of this book I REALLY enjoyed, and parts of it I couldn't get into or found repetitive. Henry does a lot of hating in this book, and there's only so much hate I want to expose myself to in a sitting. Overall, the book was alright. I'm glad he put whatever he wanted to into the book. THAT is refreshing, regardless of how good the content is.

"I understand the people who stay in abusive relationships and wear their bruises proudly. Sad, mean brutal cycle. After awhile, if you want it bad eno...more
It's taken about five attempts to read this, but the effort has paid off. It's not your typical narrative - but snippets of prose, ramblings and vicious daydreams. Rollins has a way with words - which leaves you feeling like you've been punched in the mouth. Think of it as a portal into his mind, which informs his spoken word, his radio and TV work, and his music.
This was another of Rollins' more... freeform offerings, somewhat in the vein of "See a Grown Man Cry," and sadly, I am not smart enough to understand it/enjoy it. I read a large chunk of it, but don't feel as though I got anything out of it.
Very mediocre for a Rollins book. I grew really bored at some parts, and I almost wanted this book to end.

But, the Ann Coulter chapter is probably one of the best things Rollins has written, and it left me laughing.
definitely liked the book, but can see how, as a written work, might turn people away. learn the man first, then see if his written work can pull you further in.
Once again, Henry Rollins surprises me yet again with another mind blowing book... this is, in my book, a very talented man
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I couldn't get through it. Just too dark and dreary for me. I think if I was 15-20 years younger I would've liked it.
Chelsea Kelleher
depressing and absolutely hilarious; Rollins is a genius and does not dissapoint one bit.
Painful to read. Love him, hated this.
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Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield; often referred to simply as Rollins) is an American singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, author, actor and publisher.

After joining the short-lived Washington, D.C. band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the Californian hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1981 until 1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins soon established the record label and...more
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“My main goal is to stay alive. To keep fooling myself into hanging around. To keep getting up every day. Right now I live without inspiration. I go day to day and do the work because it's all I know. I know that if I keep moving I stand a chance. I must keep myself going until I find a reason to live. I need one so bad. On the other hand maybe I don't. Maybe it's all bullshit. Nothing I knew from my old life can help me here. Most of the things that I believed turned out to be useless. Appendages from someone else's life.

Everything I have I would give to not know what I know. To not feel emptiness as my constant companion. To not look into this room and be reminded why I'm in it. I'm not getting enough air. The room feels so small all of a sudden. It's pathetic to be this lonely and know it. To keep breathing. To be silent and alone. And to know.”
“Is there anything here I can call my own? A feeling? A moment? Anything? Will there ever be a time when I am truly loved? When I'll know it and not wonder if it's real? Is there something I can protect and love and care about? Is there a truth I can keep that has no fear attached? Will there ever be a time when I can be somewhere and it will feel like home? Will there ever be a time when I will look around me and know I am finally in the place I am supposed to be? Is there anything here, anything I can see, while I breathe and breathe, trying to stay alive long enough to just be able to be here and know that I am here? Not just any here but the here I am supposed to be in. Is there anything that I can call mine that will not eventually be take from me? Is there anything, anyone, ever?” 67 likes
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