Remember Poppy Brite's _ ...more
I tried reading this book once before and couldn't get through it. After actually throwing it out it continued to stick with me, a combination of a book unfinished with a definite curiosity to see where the author intended to go with his subje ...more
Sexualized cannibal porn.
Frankly, I'm baffled by all the accolades Cooper receives. If you stripped away the outsider lit attributes (illicit sex, fetishized pain, etc.) and substituted it with say long-distance running or extreme hoarding, i.e. something equally dangerous and crazy but doesn't require a victim, would it have the same effect? I can't answer that question because I d ...more
If you want to read a bunch of the most brilliant stories ever written about murder and ga ...more
There’s something to be said for literary masturbation, though. Cooper pushes the boundaries of what literature is and could be, and in that sense, these stories inspire experimentation. In short form, he deals with many of the same themes which crop up in his novels: obsession, ownership, degradation, embodiment, the permeating apathy of modern society, and, as always, the male ass. Cooper knows what he likes.
The experience of reading Ugly Ma ...more
Ugly Man is a collection of short stories. When I say short, I mean short! Some are just a paragraph or two and most are just a few pages long. The stories center around these themes: sex, death and homosexuality...and then more sex and then more death and then toss in some gore for good measure and you've got an idea of what's contained between the covers.
When I read the first story I was shocked! I gasped out loud. Then when I read the next story I shuddered and ...more
I enjoyed this, but I like Cooper's writing quite a bit. I like his examinations of queer sexuality and self-hatred and additct ...more
Essential collection of short stories that I think eventually will be considered an American classic. I think they are at this very moment.
3.5 stars median rating overall: I honestly feel that Ugly Man was an enjoyable read overall over the course of 18 short stories told in Cooper's signature apathetic tone. DOo to the varied content of the stories I feel it's only fair to rate them all as individuals.
"Jerk": 5/5 Unlike Closer which came off as linear in plot and literal in storytelling, "Jerk" seems to be a satirical take on the same themes as Closer such as death (and the taboo around it), youthful morality and humanity. "Jerk"...more
If you're here you probably know the deal with de Sade. The stories here are echos - hell more than echos - direct extensions of the later sections of 120 Days of Sodom.
This is what bothers me. The thing is about 120 Days is its gradual gathering of intensity, from simple ogling, through degrees of increasing sexual stimulation, to acts of debasement and -- only in the end -- of mutilation an ...more
I hadn't read anything by Cooper in many years and bought 'Ugly Man' on impulse when I saw it on a bargain table. Like any of his books, I couldn't stop reading, but it's not because of t ...more
So, is it art, literature, or what? It would be stupid of me to entertain a verdict after reading only 1 (slim) volume of short prose; but judging from this collection alone, I sense a very singular and controlled talent. While all (a ...more
I think Cooper finally realized that a good number of his readers are thoroughly creeped out by him, and while they’ve still continued to read h ...more
That said, "The Anal Retentive Line Editor" is a gem.