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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 196 pages
Published November 28th 1987 by Grove/Atlantic (first published November 1987)
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It is the book that inspired everything that I have become as a writer. It was honest and real in every detail. It is written in a style I aspire towards. Simple and easy to read but with an incredible message attached. The message is not forced. You slowly come to see how much it applies in just about everyone's life.

The story is about a copy writer with no job satisfaction beyond the friends he meets at work, a girlfriend who wants to leave him, and a head full of suicidal thoughts. A old frie
Mar 28, 2012 Stephan added it
Recommends it for: Venice Beach writers
This slim book was required reading for my group of friends in the early nineties, and something of an obsession of mine for several years (I even wrote a screenplay, thinking I might one day try to option the book). Probably a little dated now, but still a great entry in that list of books describing the ennui of being in your mid-twenties in late-capitalism America.
Paulo Santos
The first book I ever bought.
With Sad Movies I'm finally read up on the literary brat pack, a silly label from a silly article, but it helped me find literature of a similar groove after I fell in love with Less Than Zero and Bright Lights, Big City in my last year of school.

Our disaffected young man is named Zeke. He's disappointed in life because, after spending some time partying abroad after college, he came to LA and wasn't a star screenwriter. Instead he's a hack copywriter at a B-film company. He abandons his screen
Many, many flaws, such as IDEALISM and MELO DRAMA, but it was a good, quick read, and the first I've read of Lindquist's, and his first book, so hopefully he got a little less sentimental with his other books I may read because he was at least fairly funny and did have a sort of B.E.E.-vibe going on except that his characters can't help but be sympathetic and empathetic and a lot less sociopathic.
Decent book for this debut from Lindquist. I expected better after it was a recommendation from Easton Ellis. Kind of juvinle in perspective to him, but a decent quick read nonetheless.
Another alternative young people in the city book, you could do worse.
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