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We're Getting On

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Fiction. WE'RE GETTING ON explores youth, dissolution, and the impact technology has on the modern world, and what happens when you try to live completely off the grid. The book follows five people, all in varying states of flux. This group of youth, through a series of linked events, decides one summer to move into the Nevada desert. Once there, they intend to abandon ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Flatmancrooked (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jesus Garcia
Sep 01, 2010 Jesus Garcia rated it really liked it
Imagine a world where the measure of success is failure to disturb. Let’s curb our impulse to bother, to impact with our presence, everyone and everything. Let’s pretend we’re not here. Let’s disappear.

First, we’ll need to check out, lock our keys in the car, push the car off a cliff. Smell the burning down there? It’s the scent of our need to disengage. And we will: no more ignition, connection, innovation, invention. Let’s be done with all -tions. Verbs speak louder. Let us be.

Now: abandon, le
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Steve
Jun 25, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I read the edition of We're Getting On with a seed paper cover, but also with only a single novella in it rather than a few other related stories included in the longer edition (I think). Rather than dismiss that "gimmick," though, I think it matters to the text -- it's a story about a narrator determined to undo not only his life, but the history of human progress and civilization as he understands them, including human language. So the book being designed for destruction matters beyond mere gi ...more
J.A.
Jun 26, 2010 J.A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received Jame Kaelan’s signed, first (seeded cover) edition of WE’RE GETTING ON, & was blown away. I had read some excerpts of this book early on & was worried, just in part, that perhaps the Zero Emission Tour & seeded-cover (while genius & wonderful) would overshadow the book or make more of the story than it actually was. Not the case, not at all.

Holding the seeded cover is a tremendous feeling, the art & titling are letterpre
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Jun 13, 2014 Full Stop added it
Shelves: spring-2011
http://www.full-stop.net/2011/01/27/r...

Review by David Backer

(1) Personal Situation of Author Re: Novel-Under-Review

I’m writing this review on a computer in New York City, 9 January 2011. I’m wearing one sweatshirt, one button-down shirt, one t-shirt, two socks, one pair of gray pants, one pair of underwear, one pair of glasses (transition lenses). I’m sitting in a heated apartment. I ate chinese food for dinner (takeout). Four lamps are on. The computer is a MacBook. It’s connected to the Inte
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Andy
Sep 27, 2010 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Kaelan's We're Getting On is a very absorbing novella which is quite clearly intended to pay tribute to the work of Samuel Beckett. Readers familiar with Beckett's fiction and theater pieces will recognize multitudes of allusions, themes, images and uses of language directly referencing the older writer's oeuvre. The title itself refers to the famous final line from The Unnamable: "I can't go on, I'll go on." and the book begins with an epigraph from the same work.

Aside from its obvious fu
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Alison
Sep 06, 2014 Alison rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, short-stories
I don't really know what to say as I don't really know what I just read. I got this book (signed with the seeded cover) from Powells in the unknown/self published section. It doesn't have a description on it so I had no idea what I was getting into, but I read the first page and decided to buy it. It's very short, as other reviewers have mentioned. I think that it has a lot of potential to be profound and send a message, but there were too many passages where the narrator rambles about seemingly ...more
Elijah Kleman
Jul 23, 2014 Elijah Kleman rated it it was ok
I found everything from the interactions between characters, to the methods of the protagonist to be utterly pointless. The author grasps at straws to make some sort of profound statement, but in the end it was a jumbled mess. At 94 pages it's worth spending an hour on, simply because Kaelan isn't a bad author. For most, however, "We're Getting On" will come across as a perverse and senseless short story.
Andrew
Jan 17, 2013 Andrew rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the middle story with the two people conversing across the alley way. That could have been a lovely novel in itself. On the whole it was very well written but I have to say I found it all a little too gross/disturbing for me. I get that that was kind of the point, but just not my thing.
Kassie
Jan 05, 2015 Kassie rated it liked it
this book was very weird.

its one that you need to read to understand why.

It's very "cult"-esque and the narrator gets more unreliable as the story goes on
David
Aug 22, 2010 David rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I needed. I tore through this novella in one sitting, completely engrossed. I have several people that I need to pass this book on to in order to get their thoughts. Fantastic.
Jana
Aug 19, 2013 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Beautiful edition with lovely handmade paper cover.
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