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Scarlett Johansson Asked Artie Lange by Nigel Tomm
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Feb 10, 09

bookshelves: five-star, avant-garde, experimental, fiction
Read in February, 2009

To present a film that is 72 minutes and 5 seconds of pure green screen...To release a CD-R album that is nine realizations of John Cage's 4'33"...Obession is a key component to being a true artist. (Most people know that Stanley Kubrick had hand-typed each and every page of the script prop for his adaptation of "The Shining.") Such obsession requires an elimination of the fear that whatever result(s) will not be widely and warmly accepted. Nigel Tomm has shown none of this fear throughout his entire career as an absurdist, and "Scarlett Johansson Asked..." is a true, shining example of his bravery as a writer.

All 23 volumes of "The Blah Story" had drawn much infamity and attention to Nigel Tomm long before he had become a filmmaker. The intention of the novel was complete, unadulterated personalization for the reader. Few other novelists have ever been able to establish such a personal connection to their audiences. Nigel Tomm now furthers this idea with a recent quintet of long-titled books, all of which sport a similar phallic cover. "Scarlett Johansson Asked..." seems to possess an extremely strong potential to expand beyond merely being a companion piece to Tomm's blah volumes though. Within this novel's 226 pages could be an underlying theme of nonchalant music and/or free spirits. Who knows though? Nigel Tomm himself is an enigma; he is occupied with an avantgarde metaverse that no other writer has ever reached.

The obsession of an artist also commands acknowledgement of some sort. Reading the entirety of this book is equally obsessive, especially since a cycle of paragraphs eventually repeats itself until the end. I didn't mind the experience though. In fact, I embraced it. Such an obsessively bizarre novel deserves respect. A friend of mine had told me to write this review using the book's style of "ooh la la" and "taram pam pam" insertions. Doing so would suggest that anyone could write "Scarlett Johansson Asked..." though. Only someone as bold as Nigel Tomm could offer such a literary trek.
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message 1: by Dominic (new)

Dominic *slaps face and shakes head.* you poor, poor boy...


Matt Margo Nigel Tomm has apparently deemed this novel as "his most shocking book."


message 3: by Manny (new)

Manny Matt Margo blah I refuse to entertain the nagging suspicion blah blah that your review is ironic blah blah blah.

PS Blah!


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Merary The title . . .


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