I really wanted to like this, and I think it's a good concept. McMann even has a writing style similar to my own. But I didn't think the style of writ...moreI really wanted to like this, and I think it's a good concept. McMann even has a writing style similar to my own. But I didn't think the style of writing matched the subject matter, in particular I think telling the story in present tense was a mistake. It read as awkward to me. There are a couple really nice passages though, I particularly like Cabel's speech on page 122 that starts with "Dreams are not memories..."
First, let me just say that this is gorgeous coffee table book. They made a great choice with the layout editing and the pictures & type. I also l...moreFirst, let me just say that this is gorgeous coffee table book. They made a great choice with the layout editing and the pictures & type. I also like the concept for the cover, hiding the red scribbles underneath, but i think it's ultimately somewhat of a failure. That material (I don't know what it is, plastic?) seems to crack easily; I saw one at Borders which was completely destroyed. Also, it's slippery: every time I forget (or decide, no, I just wasn't gripping it tight enough last time) and try to grab it upright with one hand, it slips right out and falls on the floor. Or my foot. I've already lost track of how many times I've dropped it, which is horrifying because I like my books unblemished.
Anyway, I personally think, from this book, and from his performances, and his interviews, and what I know of him, that this man has a beautiful soul. But I don't know him. If I were to ever get to know him and find out that it's all a sham, well, I don't want to, so I hope I never do. I need to believe that there are people like this out there. I enjoyed his description of his 3 personas (Marshall, Slim, and Eminem) and where they end and begin, and where the lines are blurred. I enjoyed his comments about his family, and respect that he never releases any older pictures of his daughter or niece. My favorite parts are the reproductions of his lyrics sheets. If they are indeed 100% authentic, then he really wrote practicaclly all of a "Stan" without any later editing. Amazing. He also writes a lot like me. All over the places in different color pens. I only wish the book were a little longer.
The DVD is pretty disappointing. It only has about 13 minutes of footage, none of which is particularly groundbreaking. I probably wouldn't watch it again any time soon, and I still prefer his radio interviews. Wish he would put those on a CD and sell it. I'd buy that.
Book Content & Design: A That stupid jacket: B- DVD: C
ETA: The cover of this book is amazing (I just stared at it for like a minute, completely entranced) and it's done by Rodrigo Corral, my #3 in book co...moreETA: The cover of this book is amazing (I just stared at it for like a minute, completely entranced) and it's done by Rodrigo Corral, my #3 in book cover design. It's probably what made me pick up the book in the bargain bin at Borders.
This reminds me of Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep, not because they are really anything alike but because of the way she and Sherrill handle the coming-of-age of a young girl. Coincidentally, I also read Prep at the start of a new year (2006) and reading this gave me a similar feeling. I thought it was very well-written (there are some amazing passages that made me very jealous) and the characters believable and likable, esp. Whitman. He was my definite favorite, and his relationship with Inez the most compelling part of the narrative. In a way I'm glad he only made short, often faceless appearances though. It made it that much more bittersweet. My main issue with the book was the ending. I was glad she was friends with Robbie again but I didn't care about her that much and didn't feel like that was the focus of the novel, so I wish it had just ended with her and Whitman or her and her father.
This is my first DeLillo play. I definitely recognize his prose style in it, which is a good thing at times, but also somewhat of a bad thing. In Whit...moreThis is my first DeLillo play. I definitely recognize his prose style in it, which is a good thing at times, but also somewhat of a bad thing. In White Noise he rocks the detached dialogue but in this play there were times when I was somewhat irritated, especially at the beginning because the whole play is dialogue and you just want someone to start yelling or something.
The ending was the best part, I loved both the main monologues, especially Sean's. Great title, though I wish more had been done with the plants/flowers theme. I liked the idea of these 3 people and their relationships with one another and Alex, kind of being forced in the same room at a difficult time and having to make a life and death decision.
Favorite line: "I think this is a child's syringe." (Sean)
**spoiler alert** I felt this book should've ended earlier than it did. The push to the future felt tacked on and unnecessary. However, the prose is b...more**spoiler alert** I felt this book should've ended earlier than it did. The push to the future felt tacked on and unnecessary. However, the prose is beautiful and the characters really are quite interesting. I love the idea of the the glass house and the title to go with it.
**spoiler alert** I wish I hadn't gotten so behind on my book reviews. Frankly the subject of this novel (the coming-of-age of a teenage girl at an ar...more**spoiler alert** I wish I hadn't gotten so behind on my book reviews. Frankly the subject of this novel (the coming-of-age of a teenage girl at an art school) is a bit tired and hackneyed at this point. Sure, it's still fairly compelling and relatable to anyone who has ever been through an art program, but I felt that the characters were all over the place, very few of them were at all likable (by the end Adrian was the only one I really sympathized with), and the story was one I had read many times before but this time, not executed as well. (The Cheese Monkeys is my usual rec for art school lit; Better than Running at Night by Hillary Frank is also quite good.)
Nonetheless, it's well-written. I liked some of the art pieces described. I was hoping she would become friends with Robyn in the end, but I'm not shocked it didn't happen. It annoyed me also that Fiona seemed to be a cutter but this was never really acknowledged. I'm not asking Vivian to make an After School Special of it (in fact, glad she didn't) but I feel it was brushed off as unimportant.