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This Young Monster

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This Young Monster is a hallucinatory celebration of artists who raise hell, transform their bodies, anger their elders and show their audience dark, disturbing things. What does it mean to be a freak? Why might we be wise to think of the present as a time of monstrosity? And how does the concept of the monster irradiate our thinking about queerness, disability, children ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 22nd 2017 by Fitzcarraldo Editions
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A spectacular collection of essays – actually, not so much essays as sublime, feverish phantasmagorias that pull apart the distinctions between fiction, fact and surrealism, exploring the intersections of pop culture, queerness, self-image and what it means to be (or feel like) a monster. This Young Monster opens with a letter addressed to the Beast (of Beauty and the fame, of La Belle et la fame) and closes with a series of diary entries about Arthur Rimbaud. My absolute favourite was 'Spook ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ensayo maravilloso, sorprendente y sobre todo repleto de curiosidades. Nos habla de lo monstruosa que puede ser la diferencia, el cambiar, el crecer y lo hace con una carta a La Bestia, muchos actores, directores, fotógrafos e incluso una visión de Alicia en el país de las maravillas de en que se ha convertido su propia vida.
Las referencias son realmente impresionantes!
... I wanted to test the definition of 'monster' and mess it up and feed it different substances... (p.242)

“Charlie Fox writes about scary and fabulous monsters, but he really writes about culture, which is the monster’s best and only escape. He is a dazzling writer, unbelievably erudite, and this book is a pleasure to read. Fox’s essays spin out across galaxies of knowledge. Domesticating the difficult, he invites us as his readers to become monsters as well.”
Chris Kraus

Apr 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
From John Waters: By the Book:

What’s the last great book you read?

My friend Bruce Hainley had told me about a new book coming out called “This Young Monster,” by Charlie Fox, but I had forgotten all about it until the publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions in London sent me this beautifully designed French-flap-style paperback original. Good God, where did this wise-beyond-his-years 25-year-old critic’s voice come from? His breath of proudly putrefied air is really something to behold. Finally, a new
Tensy Gesteira estevez
Un libro para leer muy despacio.
Thom Sutton
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
/House of 1,000,000 Tangents/
Interesting takes on a wide wide range of subjects that all circle around the concept of queerness as monstrosity and how we view define and act out each of them. Kind of a white album 'the clutter is the experience' approach, and some parts are better than others, for sure, but the best bits are touching and illuminating.
I would recommend opening to the works cited at the back of the book first, if you're not acquainted with at least 2/3s of the
I really, really wanted this to be a clever, in-depth analysis of specific elements of the horror genre. It wasn't. But hey, not the book's fault if it's not what I want. The kicky, smart-arse, look-at-me prose style was very much not my cup of tea. But Charlie Fox clearly knows his stuff, even if he does insist on writing it as an experimental play script for some reason. I'd read more from him if it was written in a less show-offy style.
Sonia Nair
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The lurid green cover and bared canine teeth on the Brow Books edition of Charlie Fox’s This Young Monster is a portentous precursor to the nine essays contained within the collection – each of them fixated with the idea of ‘monsters’ in reality and fiction.

Read the rest of my review on Kill Your Darlings:
Simon Sweetman
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A masterpiece of wide-ranging knowledge; esoteric essays that speak in nothing but profundity - wizard-level writing. Baffling, brilliant and beautiful.
Ezze Dodo
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a hot minute to attune to Charlie Fox's writing style but after snorting a few lines I quickly felt as if I was joyriding on an author's psychedelic trip around his childhood interests and 90s suburban youthdom. What was immediately clear is how much material the author has ingested, spitting back out diverse reference points from the classic to contemporary, alongside a smattering of ITV daytime-telly inclusions like Lost Boys (1987) and Over the Edge (1979). I never thought I would ...more
Jul 20, 2017 added it
I really wanted to like this, which in itself is a bit weird. Did Eileen Myles spark my desire by uploading a picture of the book on her bathroom floor next to her naked feet? I'm not saying it didn't. My main problem with it was that it was written in a way that would work (only?) in a very specific situation: a horror fan getting lost on her way to the SF/F section in a bookshop sees this collection and opens it at random. Every second essay was designed with our subject in mind: "Ei dude - ...more
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Charlie Fox's book is a mixture of thoughts on carnivalesque creators, fictional characters and controversial personas. Inspiring, fun to read and often strangely relatable, it unpacks the idea of a monster and connects it with difficult themes of isolation, anxiety and escapism.
At the same time it reads like a love letter to all the creative influences and role models. The vast range of pop culture references evokes a lot of dreamy nostalgia as well as "aha!" moments; the texts also shoot an
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The folks at London-based Fitzcarraldo Editions produce beautiful books, and I’m interested in reading more of their titles in the future. That said, Charlie Fox deserves a much larger readership. This Young Monster contains exactly the kind of essays I like to read but so rarely encounter; they are snappy, passionate, fearless, and unburdened by excess. Fox has introduced me to a range of new artists and artifacts, and his style gives me hope for the future of literature written by young people ...more
Ben Robinson
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A compendium of essays about the art, film, poetry and celebrity of monstrousness, that quality of being which maybe best defines our own troubling times. I'm a fan of pretty much all the work discussed here, and Charlie Fox makes for an erudite guide around these cultural spooky houses.
Gary Lee
2.5 rounded up to 3. Not quite what I was expecting.
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fox develops a wonderful cosmology of referents, personalities, and creative works in this essay collection.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All credit to the serendipity spirits that led me to pick up this unassuming volume which turned out to be a series of brilliant Hilton Als-style essays about monstrousness, disability, queerness, and otherness by an author eminently qualified to hold forth on the (my favorite?) topic. Includes essays on freaks and Buster Keaton, and John Waters gave it a loving blurb. Plus, the author is apparently so personally abject, the cops harrassed him for hobbling down the street! *heart eyes*
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