Jack hearts Karen. Karen commits suicide, and the rest of the story reads like a haunted, surreal love letter trapped in a never ending nightmare.
ThiJack hearts Karen. Karen commits suicide, and the rest of the story reads like a haunted, surreal love letter trapped in a never ending nightmare.
This is Jack's descent into madness through little vignettes of his tortured mind. Prose poetry told from the perspective of a monster caught inside his own personal hell. There is a perplexed, dis-jointed feel throughout the whole of this short novella. Disgusting yet beautiful imagery and fantastic illustrations sprinkled though out. A hard one to put down once you start the journey and so many wonderful quotes, one of which I will leave you with:
"They called our usual excursions into these nights of infinite danger suicide. But what they didn't understand is that the blue light of these modern dream machines had colored not only their nights but also their days a frozen hue of darker-than-the-deepest-seas blue. Time can never be regained in this fantasy world...or lost."...more
An epic prose poem about Chicago that celebrates all that is good and bad in our city. A slim book that makes the most out of every single word writteAn epic prose poem about Chicago that celebrates all that is good and bad in our city. A slim book that makes the most out of every single word written. With a wonderful introduction by Studs Terkel and a brilliant afterword by Algren himself, I found that once I got started I had a hard time putting it down.
I loved Algren's use of colorful language and felt that he made many statements that still hold true today. Such as: "The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the particular responsibility of the writer in all ages of man. In Chicago, in our own curious span, we have seesawed between blind assault and blind counter-assault, hanging men in one decade for beliefs which, in another, we honor others."
Algren is a witty, smart man, and a wonderful writer. I hope to read his short stories and fiction next.
A must read for all Chicagoans as well as history and literature buffs....more
I am listening to her music and reading her poetry. You can follow along if you'd like, just click here fThis afternoon is dedicated to Otep Shamaya.
I am listening to her music and reading her poetry. You can follow along if you'd like, just click here for the Otep Mix on youtube: http://tinyurl.com/3nonf95 and/or go to lulu.com and purchase her writings in either hardbound or e-book format.
Labeling Otep Shamaya as an "awesome frontwoman" an "edgy vocalist" or a "fantastic writer" would be an overwhelming understatement. She's a commanding presence who seeks to truly make a change in the world through her voice in both mediums: music and writing. She is my most favorite artist of all time and if I ever met her, I would literally be speechless (something that doesn't happen very often).
Anyways, if you haven't listened to her music or read her writings ever, she's political - always has been, always will be - and if you don't like her views - tough shit. She's not just a pretty face even though she's absolutely georgeous, she has something very important to say, and we all need to be listening, just saying....more