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Resentment: A Comedy
Day of the Locusts meets Bonfire of the Vanities in this searing burlesque about everyone from the east coast literati to Hollywood's superagents, actors, has-beens and wannabes. Gary Indiana takes no prisoners as he sets his "hero," B-magazine writer Seth, out in Los Angeles to do a celebrity profile of a famous hetero actor who has just taken a major role as a homosexual ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 16th 1997 by Doubleday
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This reminded me of when I started reading earlier in my life when it seemed like every book I read would bring me an author who was doing totally new things that I didn't know could be done in lit. Back in the days of Barth, DFW, Flannery O'Connor, Marias, DeLillo, etc, where I was like a sponge in reading all all, to me, new and brilliant stuff. After reading quite a bit over many years, those experiences don't happen nearly as much as they did back when. That's why when I actually read a book ...more
A kind of brawny, sprawling satirical screed encapsulating the 1990s gestalt in all its miserable fallen ignominy. We have a not-even-remotely veiled engagement w/ the famous trial of the Menendez brothers, a kind of insane griping at Indiana's contemporaries (the evisceration of Kathy Acker being particularly callow and delicious), and all kinds of bile heaped on a world that was heading ... well, here, where we now find ourselves. You would be hard-pressed to argue the thing wasn't prescient. ...more
I wanted to really like this novel, especially since there are only a handful of reviews so my review impacts the overall rating of this than a lot of other works I've reviewed. But I just couldn't do it, there were parts I really liked, including the very minor courtship of JD and Dylan the bird guy, but for the most part the characters were too vapid, too obsessed with themselves and ragging on others. I appreciate the attempt at satire, but the bad out weigh the good here. I could forgive how ...more
Ultra-dark and excellent. Despite the style being somewhat unconventional (pages upon pages without paragraph breaks, run-on sentences etc.), I found the novel very readable and engrossing. The prose is scathing and often profound and insightful- almost beautiful even though themes deal heavily with trauma, abuse and self-hatred. The book is not for everyone.
It was kind of fun to identify the real people many of the characters are based on (I got Dominick Dunne, John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and Ingrid Sischy, but somehow missed Tom Hanks), but otherwise this book is a chronicle of misery and I gave up about 3/4 of the way through.
Gary Indiana is a critic and novelist. His most recent books include I Can Give You Anything But Love, a memoir, and Tiny Fish That Only Want To Kiss, a collection of short fiction. His writing has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Vice, the London Review of Books, and many other publications.