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Parallel Play by Tim Page
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Oct 03, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: 300s, biography
Read from September 26 to 27, 2010

Biography would be a much better place for this than the 362s: this is Tim Page's life as written by Tim Page, with the Asperger's content secondary to general memoir.

I feel like a thrillseeking tabloid reader saying this, but given that the writing is nothing special, the facts of his youth are not far enough from the norm to capture my attention. Like most adolescents, he's experimenting with drugs and defiance, interested in but made awkward by sex, in thrall to some arbitrary topic, and figuring out what the shape of his identity will be. Somewhat more awkward than is typical, sure; somewhat more in thrall than is typical, yes; but only somewhat. And the writing and storytelling don't compensate. He's never a snob but an 'insufferable snob.' I like the word insufferable in general, but 'insufferable snob' is cliched. Probably this would be more compelling for readers/fans of Page's work as a music critic.


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