(life:) razorblades included (life:) razorblades included
by Dan Holloway (Goodreads Author)
"Die living" urges the dedication to (life:) razoblades included. But just what does it mean to "live"? Camus was wrong. Whether or not to kill yourself is not the only question. It's just the start. Dan Holloway's first collection of poems and short stories ranges from the lyrical awake to the transgressive SKIN BOOK; the Beat-inspired adam to the blankness of The Last Fl...more
(first published June 9th 2010)
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When writing transgresses, not just for the sake of it but to find truth in its vision and expression, then this is a high aim, a serious endeavour and a difficult task, and its success fulfils valuable functions. From its beautiful front cover inwards, this collection contains rich transgressions, and these take their place amid a fertile mix of other elements including desperation, humour, longing, urgency, obsession, tenderness, alienation, despair and a deep curiosity in living, brought toge...more
I was led to this book by a roundabout route after reading something else by a member of the Year Zero group. Essentially, it is a short collection of stories, poems and, I guess, prose poems. Overall, it's pretty good, but there are moments in it which are fantastic. In particular, the short story 'The Last Fluffer in La La Land' is superb. Fantastically well written and utterly convincing. 'Solid', another short, is equally engaging with great dialogue, but dreamier in tone, a little bit abstr...more