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Peter Sotos, the writer who "rapes a blank page", whose pen is "the verbal knife of a sadist", unleashes Tick, his latest controversial dispatch from the cutting edge of pornography, sexual abuse and degradation.Drawing from his own experiences, insights and investigations, Sotos slices open the dark underbelly of the sex industry and reveals the harsh, gritty and brutal e...more
Published September 22nd 2000 by Creation Books
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Dec 29, 2007 Bobby added it
I can't even choose a star rating for this book. It's too disturbing to really recommend to anyone. I maintained a love/hate relationship with it the whole time I was reading it. When you stop feeling disgust while reading it you begin to realize what a short trip it is to become a complete sociopath. That in itself is a pretty nifty trick.
Robert Beveridge
Peter Sotos, Tick (Creation, 2000)

All hail the new Sotos.

Chicago's demented master of journalistic debauchery has returned with another look at what makes America's criminals so notoriously American, that underbelly of anticulture, epidemia, slime, drugs, free love, and contempt that few Americans are even aware exists, and those few know it because either they're involved or the name "Cabrini Green" rings a bell because they saw it in a Clive Barker film.

Some would have you believe that Sotos'...more
brutal honest raw sickening but I couldn't put it down. Will stay with me for years definitely not for the faint hearted.
Why would he? How could he? Won't someone please think of the children?!

But Sotos is thinking of the children, he's thinking of dead and violated children and he's here to offer in a carefully structured, mostly first-person narrative, what it takes the sink so low that your only pleasures in life revolve around sex with the most lowly gutter-filth hookers, HIV-riddled glory-hole gays and poor little children.

What's the point? Well the point is that you're going to enjoy it. You're going to enjo...more
Self-hating, self-destructive, friendless, emotionally isolated, unable to empathize with others--those are the narrating voices in Sotos's book, the voices indifferent toward, uncaring or incredulous of regarding the pain of others--"others" defined as men, women, and children of sex crimes. From the book's last paragraph: "It is possible that there is some great form of inexplicable grief that allows or cores these ruptured mothers and fathers to give out their old home movies and personal pho...more
I would recommend people read Peter Sotos simply because there is no other literary voice like his out there on the planet. However, there is no mistaking the fact that this is, in the strictest sense (of a very loose word), pornography. It is not for anyone under 18, and it will make you feel icky.
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Index Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey Total Abuse: Collected Writings 1984-1995 Lazy Proxy: Peter Sotos Pornography 1991-2000

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