A very meta book that features a collection of 52 letters that David David Katzman wrote in stream of consciousness form, as a reward for his KickstarA very meta book that features a collection of 52 letters that David David Katzman wrote in stream of consciousness form, as a reward for his Kickstarter campaign backers, for his newest novel A Greater Monster.
Even though I didn't know any of the people, the letters were quite amusing and well written. The illustrations were fun, and I just loved the colors on the cover. Oh yeah, and the playlist was phenomenal! You cannot read this book without the music playing on repeat in the background. That alone makes this book a must read, just saying....more
**spoiler alert** I finished this on the plane, complete with tears and snot. This is the story of my generation and something future generations I th**spoiler alert** I finished this on the plane, complete with tears and snot. This is the story of my generation and something future generations I think will be able relate to as well. Generations X, Y, Z - unknown, lost, full of loss, and anger. Still angry to this day, indeed. Sex, drugs, rock n roll, and suicide are prevelant themes through out this story.
The narrative is told in third person, which is a challenging format to write in, but for this story it actually worked out fantastically well! The last book I read in third person and really enjoyed was Anna Karenina, so this is saying a lot.
The characters I could really relate to the most were Bridget aka Bri Da B, Jeremy, and Thomas, in that order. Bridget and Thomas are brother and sister. Bridget is very artistic. She likes to paint, play her keyboard, and come up with raps. Bri Da B is her alter ego. Thomas is also artistic. He plays drums, because it is the one instrument that is designed to annoy. Neither one can relate to their parents, and their parents have a hard time relating to them, as well. Both have a lot to work out with themselves. Jeremy is the bass player in the same band Thomas plays drums for, The Latterday Saints. As a band they performed the shortest gig ever in the basement of the church, but it's one that everyone who was present fondly remembers. Soon after this iconic performance Thomas discovers he has genital warts. He got it from the only person he's ever slept with, Jackie. Jackie is a strange character. She's only in the book for a short amount of time and as a reader, she's the one character I'd like to know more about. Anyways, after this, Thomas is understandably upset and depressed. He then goes into his parents room, pulls out the gun, and blows his head off. Bridget is the one to find him and the way she describes this moment is both lovely in it's clinical details and emotionally heart wrenching. However, this moment, allows Jeremy to tell Bridget his secrets after the funeral, and they are forever friends. This is the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, so to speak.
I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I'm really glad I did, since I really enjoyed it. This is William Dickerson's first novel, but I really hope it won't be his last....more
I am a misfit. I have a rock n roll heart, but this book was an EPIC FAIL on both the music and memoir fronts. This fact was totally disappointing toI am a misfit. I have a rock n roll heart, but this book was an EPIC FAIL on both the music and memoir fronts. This fact was totally disappointing to me because I really, really, really enjoy reading books on both subjects equally as much. My main beef with this book was that it read more like an autobiography of Ms. Gaines life; with minute, inconsequential details, that as a reader I could have given a rat’s ass about.
She could of/should of explored her ideas on how rock n roll in general and The Ramones specifically, saved her life. I’m personally intrigued and never get tired of hearing stories about the ways art of any genre helps people heal and come into their own.
If she had explored that connection and had a better editor (because there was a shit load that could have been left out and still would of gotten her point across) I think this book would have been much better, more approachable/accessible, and just plain old more enjoyable, then the slogging I ended up doing. ...more
Ben Tanzer = pop culture Ben Tanzer = PopRocks! of literature Ben Tanzer = rock star
Ben Tanzer is all these things but most importantly a phenominal wriBen Tanzer = pop culture Ben Tanzer = PopRocks! of literature Ben Tanzer = rock star
Ben Tanzer is all these things but most importantly a phenominal writer that I am glad to know.
Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. If I was a dude, Keith would be me (minus his political views) and since I'm going through life changes, this book came at a perfect time.
Ever since I turned 30 the questions have turned to 'so when are you getting married?' 'when are you having kids?' 'don't you know your biological clock is ticking?' My answer is what if I don't want any of those things, is that really so bad? However, going on Keith's journey with him in the passanger seat really opened my eyes and I came to the realization that even though I might not ever be ready to be a mother, I'll always be a super 'aunt' to all of my friends kids. Honestly, that isn't so bad, right?!
I also came to the realization (after a google search) that The Hold Steady is a real rock and roll band, one that I most certainly need to listen to.
Thanks Ben for opening my eyes to the chaotic world of parenthood and for giving me a new band to listen to. I can't wait to read your other books and see you around at other readings too....more
So fabulous in fact, I had to read it twice because the first time I inhaled the text like Hazel does diet soda. TheThis book is absolutely fabulous!
So fabulous in fact, I had to read it twice because the first time I inhaled the text like Hazel does diet soda. Then on the second reading, I took my time and still came to the conclusion that this book just rocks!
I could totally relate to Hazel (except for the whole hypocondriac/germaphobe thing) and really enjoyed going along for the ride. It made a few things about my own life clearer in the process, so I'm grateful for those insights.
I really liked the chaotic frenzied feel of the book and the descriptions were spot on. It totally made me revert back to teenagedom/early 20's when I had my mom blabbling in one ear and Dead Kennedy's blasting in the other. So, even though I might not look as punky as I once did (I still have my nose ring and tattoos), the music will always live on in my heart.
All in all, I was throughly entertained by alt.punk and not offended at all and I can't wait to read Lavinia Ludlow's next book, as she's a new author I'm going to keep my eye on for sure!...more
I discovered Jess Gulbranson's writing in the bizarro tome: Bradley Sands is a Dick and liked his piece so much, I decided I needed to read his otherI discovered Jess Gulbranson's writing in the bizarro tome: Bradley Sands is a Dick and liked his piece so much, I decided I needed to read his other books he has listed here on GoodReads.
When he befriended me he said I should start with this book, which I could get in e-book format on Smashwords for very little cost. Bingo, I was sold! He also told me that he had a soundtrack to accompany this story and that he would send me the link. What a cool idea and since I just love listening to music while I read, I couldn't wait to read a story that had it's very own sound track.
Let's just say I wasn't disappointed. The soundtrack rocked and the story was awesome too.
The story is basically about a guy named Eric who works in an obscure record shop. Then one day a mysterious stranger enters his place of work and he finds himself on an adventure like no other he has ever experienced before. However, the story goes much deeper than what I've just explained, but is so well written that it doesn't seem like overkill and the story never gets bogged down.
It's certainly a fast paced read that I think all music lovers and readers of interesting literature will find appealing. ...more
Was the message of this book that I could relate to. I graduated from high school in 1999 in a very small town in upstate"Every Girl is a Riot Grrrl."
Was the message of this book that I could relate to. I graduated from high school in 1999 in a very small town in upstate New York. My cousin Jeff, who was 3 years older than me, introduced me to hardcore punk rock and skating music, and I gobbled it up. I loved the energy of the mosh pit, the political rants, plus, I could throw elbows and slam dance with the best of them. However, after one particularly rough show, I ended up with some broken toes and that's when I invested in a pair of steel toed Doc Martins and I never had a broken toe again.
My only question was where were the punk princesses? Then one of my old baby sitters sent me a mixed tape entitled "Girl Bands That Rock" with a sticky note on it that said I think you'll really like this one and featured songs by: 'Bratmobile', 'Calamity Jane', 'L7', 'The Eyeliners', 'Go Betty Go', 'The Distillers' and of course 'Bikini Kill' and felt for the first time like: 'oh wow, that's so cool that there are girls out there already doing this, and oh yeah maybe I can do this too.'
I was inspired by the DIY style and started writing personal'zines and even had a garage band. My friends and I were making our own 'Grrrl style revolutions' and we didn't even realize that it had a name. Not until I moved out of there and went to college near Pittsburgh was the first time I heard the term 'Riot Grrrl' and thought 'oh so that's what it's called, ok, whatever. I've been doing it for years.'
These are my personal memories that were conjured from reading this book. I like feminism, I like the DIY style, I love the music, and I'm glad that Sara Marcus wrote this book, but her googlie eyed idolization of Kathleen Hanna got old really fast. Still worth reading though....more
While reading these 12 very well written stories, songs would spontaniously pop into my head, and in no particular order, below is my playlist. Enjoy:While reading these 12 very well written stories, songs would spontaniously pop into my head, and in no particular order, below is my playlist. Enjoy:
1. Cherry Pie ~ Warrant 2. Lovesong ~ The Cure 3. Push It ~ Salt N Pepa 4. Make Me Sweat ~ Basement Jaxx 5. Wild Thing~ Tone Loc 6. One Thing Leads To Another ~ The Fixx 7. I Want Your Sex ~ George Michael 8. Rasberry Beret ~ Prince 9. Pour Some Sugar On Me ~ Def Leappard 10. You Shook Me All Night Long ~ AC/DC 11. Metal on Metal ~ Anvil 12. Love Comes In Spurts ~ Osaka Popstar ...more
"Time is a goon." Is the central theme of this book and it couldn't of come at a better time.
This past Tuesday I turned 30 and looking back over thes"Time is a goon." Is the central theme of this book and it couldn't of come at a better time.
This past Tuesday I turned 30 and looking back over these years, I could see how time changed me, how I changed as a person, and how the future is wide open and ready to be written.
This book is kind of like that in the fact that it centers on the two major characters of Sasha and Benny. Each chapter is narrated by a person who knows one or both of the characters. You get the story from his/her perspective on how they know Benny and/or Sasha, but at the same time you get the past, present and future story of the narrating character, as well.
This book is smart, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking, but definitely worth the read if you're interested in time, music, and characters that will tug on your heartstrings long after you've put this book back on the shelf.
This is one book I'm really glad I own and will re-visit often. Many thanks to Karen Brisette for recommending this book and telling me that I shouldn't wait for the paperback version to come out before I picked it up to read. For once I'm really glad I listened to you. ...more