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Notes from Underground & Scenes from the New World

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  91 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Back-in-print early work by the author of subUrbia and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll.
Paperback, 162 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Theatre Communications Group (first published 1993)
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Bad-at-reading
Jun 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: theater
Notes From Underground, written as a series of diary entries by a loner driven to anti-social and criminal behavior by the anxieties and pressures of urban life, does itself no favors by naming itself after (and retreading the form and theme of) the classic Dostoyevsky novella. Juvenile and trashy, its merit is about on par with a spooky campfire story and provokes a similar response of rolled eyes and groans.

Scenes from the New World, a play, is similarly dour. Bogosian has an ear for dialogue
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Theodora
Dec 23, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like Chuck Palahniuk.
I read this while I was in the hospital over the summer. It's in journal form and it tells the story of a man's gradual decent into madness through his various awkward observations and socially deviant behavior. Entertaining, but not groundbreaking.
Tara Lynn
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this for the first time as an accent piece to a study of adolescent pyschology back in high school. I remember thinking that it had the feel of Chuck Palahnuik meets Holden Caufield meets One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest.
Joseph
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
Nothing better than a book about cheetoes and masturbation
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Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saw "Talk Radio" & wanted to read some of his books.
Heather Colacurcio
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
Not one of my favorites from Bogosian. I'm usually quite impressed with his plays, but "Notes From Underground" is lacking. Okay, but not as clever as his other work.
Gina
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
"Notes From Underground" is a mock diary written in the early 1980s.
However, the second half of my copy contained the play "Scenes From the New World" which I think I enjoyed more.
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Eric Bogosian (born April 24, 1953) is an American actor, playwright, monologist, and novelist.

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