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Beauty Talk & Monsters

4.44  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Masha Tupitsyn's Beauty Talk & Monsters is a debut collection of stories told through the movies. Equally influenced by Brian De Palma and Kathy Acker, Tupitsyn revisits the ruins of a childhood and youth nurtured on the fringe of the glittering lower Manhattan art world and the Atlantic haven of Provincetown in the 1980s. Moving fluidly through space, time, and a rang ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published June 6th 2007 by Semiotext(e)
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Jacob Wren
Nov 18, 2012 Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing
Masha Tupitsyn writes:

I don’t fuck him because promiscuity, in the larger cultural sense, really fucking bores me.


My porno is my fear of being upstaged by everyone. My porno is how I scan the past and look into it all the time.

[As well as many other brilliant things in this beautiful, compelling book.]

Dec 02, 2007 Ken rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Masha Tupitsyn gets behind the veil and puts words to what we have been unable to articulate about our strange, intimate relationship to the movies. It is a moving collection, at once poignant and calming, the pleasure of a sad song. It is also incredibly intelligent, leaving one thinking about reality in a profoundly different way.
Jan 28, 2008 vani rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: you.
i did not want this book to end.
Dec 12, 2007 Pamster rated it it was amazing
"Maybe horror films gradually disappeared because horror no longer needs a separate category, thought Carrie. Nicole Kidman made Carrie just as tense when she thought about all the blood Nicole had lost to look the way she looked in The Stepford Wives, compared to the way she looked in Days of Thunder. A feral garden, now a sewing kit."

I loved these stories drenched in film obsession. She is pissed about things that I am pissed about, which is one of my favorite qualities in a writer. For exampl
May 05, 2008 Emmanuel rated it it was amazing
Evocative to the max. I had the pleasure of editing her reading for KQED, but, unfortunately, never got to meet her. My fiction professor saw me reading this book and said she had met Masha in New York so I asked, "What is she like?" and all she said was "She's beautiful" and I laughed 'cause a. I never asked what she looked like and b. Masha would have a field day with that response. I didn't have to ask my professor if she had read the book to know that she hadn't, but I asked anyway.
Jan 04, 2008 Juha rated it really liked it

I've never encountered a book like this. A story unfolds through the eyes of a girl, only her eyes are always on the silver screen. Somehow the result manages to weave fiction and film review together seamlessly... it becomes part story, part consolidated "classic films" critique; and what's most interesting to me is the way that the latter only brings out the emotional aspect of the book - the character's brave longing - rather than veers away from it. Lovely.
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Nov 06, 2015 Victoria whipp rated it it was ok
not great
Pax Analog
Jun 20, 2009 Pax Analog rated it it was amazing

Brilliant blade-work prose weaving interpersonal recall and imagination with pungent cinematic references.
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short stories to read hear and there.
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I gave up on this one.
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MASHA TUPITSYN is a writer, cultural critic and multi-media artist. She is the author of the books Like Someone in Love: An Addendu
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