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Ambient Parking Lot

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Fiction. Part fiction, part earnest mockumentary, AMBIENT PARKING LOT follows a band of musicians as they wander the parking structures of urban downtown and greater suburbia in quest of the ultimate ambient noise one that promises to embody their historical moment and deliver them up to the heights of their self-important artistry. Along the way, they make sporadic forays ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published 2011 by Kenning Editions
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Sentimental Surrealist
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of those many great books that works precisely because it shouldn’t. For as much as I loved Pamela Lu’s eponymous first novel, I kept expecting this novel to choke on its own first-person plural perspective, to slip into a void of grand but ultimately meaningless proclamations, to in short become what those less charitable than I might refer to as “pretentious.” Lu makes art out of sitting on that precipice, coming just short of declaring herself a major generational voice, stopping about a ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I read in 2011! I have tons more to say about it here:
Tom Bensley
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thursday Afternoon, one of Brian Eno's (many, many) albums, is a single track running about an hour, consisting of sporadically plinked piano keys sprinkled over a cloud of continuous sound, which might be strings or a wind instrument or something else entirely. It is the finest album of its kind--ambient perfection.

Pamela Lu's Ambient Parking Lot reflects the loose structure and peculiar composition of that album (which is also a perfect reading companion). The plot follows the Ambient Parkers,
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pamela Lu is such a good writer that it's easy to forgive her for her long bouts of taking the piss out of her main characters... and for the strange fact that nearly all the musical vocabulary/lingo in this book is used wrong. (It's so consistently just-slightly-wrong that I wonder if she's doing it on purpose.)

As with Pamela: A Novel, I read it delightedly and was perplexed pleasantly more often than unpleasantly. And the two long chapters of this book (one a letter, one an interview) create
Jun 04, 2011 added it
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How could a person have written this scripture I think it exists as a separate world somewhere we just have to find it
Ambient Parking Lot

The summary on the back seemed contrived, but then I finished reading the book and it makes Perfect Sense

THE AMBIENT BARKERS, one of the highlights of the book: "Our scouts were locked in a standoff with a gang of student activists who were wielding baguettes baked in the shape of peace signs."
Michael Seidlinger
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Very interesting ideas at play in this novel. I simply enjoyed the ideas more than the actual execution of the novel.
Erin Tuzuner
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
For fans of Douglas Coupland, absurdity, meta meta and the like.
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Pamela Lu is the author of Ambient Parking Lot (Kenning Editions, 2011), Pamela: A Novel (Atelos, 1998), and The Private Listener, a chapbook from Corollary Press. Her writing also appears in the anthologies Bay Poetics and Biting the Error, and has been published in periodicals such as 1913, Antennae, Call, Chain, Chicago Review, Fascicle, and Harper's. She lives and works in the San Francisco Ba ...more
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