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The Malady of the Century

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"Jon Leon has crafted a cold and funny porno-dystopia that 'sends up' poetry while also behaving like a strict modernist manifesto–a Stein or Pound reveille, with P.T. Barnum bravado, making it new. Reading THE MALADY OF THE CENTURY, I think of the dungeon (Marquis de Sade and Dennis Cooper); I also think of the penthouse (Joan Didion and Frederick Seidel). Leon's voice—if ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Futurepoem Books
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Peter Landau
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm writing this review in bed, my daughter is wearing a knit cap we won at a silent auction yesterday. She's babbling about what I don't know because I'm trying to write this review. I'm in my underwear. I had a cake (also won at the fundraiser) for breakfast. I didn't bother slicing it. My kids and I ate it "Little Rascals"-style, ripping into it with our hands. That's not entirely true. We used forks. This is the poetry that I invent to bring about my life, which it inspires. We all have such ...more
Chris
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Leon here goes after the same themes as many of the other poet I've been reading in recent times- the cult of fame, the meaninglessness of sex in the face of porn culture, the obsession with wealth, and obsession with consumerism. He is doing a similar thing to Tao Lin but is more visceral, amusingly disgusting, and generally engaging.
The segments "Hit Wave" and "White Girls" are particularly bleak (and seem less like exercises than the other segments). Invented self-history, degredation to biza
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Mike Kleine
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I say I've never finished this book because each time I come back to it, I know I've already read the line I am reading but it still feels like it is the first time (all over again). And to me, that's wonderful.
Vogisland
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
throwed into the voids of artist-ego, market forces and male desire. in "The Hot Tub" this felt more like fun escapism. this book is closer to flashy nausea and terror.
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