I'm a sucker for these books, and they always disappoint. It seems antithetical to the idea of punk to write a memoir about it, but, putting that asidI'm a sucker for these books, and they always disappoint. It seems antithetical to the idea of punk to write a memoir about it, but, putting that aside, these memoirs are usually just not good books. This one is no exception. Mercifully, it's a quick read. It could be even quicker if all the name dropping were eliminated - half the text seems to be brand names of clothing and name dropping without any real context. The author allegedly met and interviewed lots of people during her career as a journalist. Well, how about telling us what they were like? I don't care if you interviewed five or fifty or 500 musicians; if you are just going to make a list of them and not say anything interesting about them, just don't.
I also take issue with the claim in the introduction that the author was "a premiere punk rock princess, who would one day share a one-room apartment with the infamous Dead Boys." I don't know where to do with the princess claim, as she describes herself (and appears in the photos she provided for the book) as a upper middle class suburban girl who wore designer clothes from large department stores, but liked to go see bands. Maybe this is the way her family referred to her. But I felt lied to about the Dead Boys claim. I read that to mean that she and the Dead Boys lived in an apartment together. The truth is more mundane. Two of the Dead Boys crashed at her friend's apartment while they were in New York, and she coincidentally was crashing there after she graduated from college and was in the city looking for work. They were temporary houseguests of the same person, not actual friends who shared living space on a long term basis, as is implied in the introduction.
Despite the book's shortcomings, the author does seem like a likable person, and I'm sure she has some stories in her about this time period that would be interesting to read. Unfortunately, those stories aren't in this book....more
My 14 year old took this book away from me for a while because i bought it in the airport, started reading it once we boarded the plane, and was laughMy 14 year old took this book away from me for a while because i bought it in the airport, started reading it once we boarded the plane, and was laughing so hard that I was crying before the plane took off. I begged her and begged her to give it back to me, and she finally consented to do so once the wheels left the ground. That was the longest minute or two of my life. More laugher and more tears ensued.
The best sections of the book were the ones about the dogs, as we recognized the simple dog and the helper dog from our own household. My daughter even IQ tested them, as per this book, to confirm that we had diagnosed the dogs correctly. But you don't have to love dogs to love this book - the cake section resonated with both of us, and is probably the most relatable section of the book. Sure, there are some sections that don't flow as well, but I have to give this book five stars because I haven't read anything this funny in a very long time....more
I read this one plane in one sitting. It's not bad, but I wouldn't read it again and I am not interested in reading any further in this series. I thinI read this one plane in one sitting. It's not bad, but I wouldn't read it again and I am not interested in reading any further in this series. I think I'm fatigued from dystopian young adult fiction, which is too bad because this one isn't as bad as a lot of the other ones. It isn't a love story in disguise. It adds some dimensions - Hawaiian culture, the father/daughter bond, mysticism, epilepsy - that aren't found in other dystopian fiction, and it's well worth a read. ...more
I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecI loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes:
1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it impossible for her to figure out who she was and what she was all about.
2. She had the most difficult pregnancy of any woman on earth and found raising one child to be an unbearable burden, the likes of which no other woman has ever faced before.
The burning question left unresolved - how does such a self-absorbed, talentless, anti-capitalist hack divide her time between her homes in Los Angeles, New York, and Northampton?...more