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The Ancient Book of Hip

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Poetry. This debut collection is a case study, a documentation, a journaling. It's a bunch of poems about girls, sex, cigarettes, PBR, and everything else that is the world of hip. It is the winner of the Michael Rubin Book Award. "There is a real zest in these poems.... Lichtenberg's joy in the everyday reminds me of the daily pleasures as Frank O'Hara embraced them"--Joh ...more
Paperback, First edition, 89 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Fourteen Hills Press (first published 2009)
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this collection of poems. My favorites were the handwritten/typewritten notes parts. I felt a certain connection to this book because the author is a former creative writing classmate of mine, and his stories were always my favorites to read from that class. I definitely cried during the poems about the author and his former girlfriend. Imagery and language were both powerful, and I related to a lot of the thoughts and things written about, for example, deja vu really does happ ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Honestly, it seems more posturing than poetry most of the time. No real revision, stolen uncredited lines (page 57 rips off a lyric from the singer Cat Power that is not credited in the acknowledgements). This just feels amateurish to me in every way. I rarely feel this disappointed by poetry that has fought it's way through to publication. The whole book just left me cold.
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This inimitable, accessible poetry gave me the chance to experience through vignettes the emotional life of a city boy who hasn't yet lost himself or his vulnerability to the soul-sucking black hole of hipsterdom.
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I always wished Holden Caulfield would talk about girls more. I also wished I could be him. Young Lichtenberg's casual, tangential style may entertain, but his generosity of heart invites me to live there.
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May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
forget the trolls. let the man WRITE.
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Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
these poems are awesome. i've read this book several times.
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D.W. Lichtenberg is the author of THE ANCIENT BOOK OF HIP, an exploration of the phenomenon of hip, released November 2009. He is a writer, a filmmaker, a caffeine addict, an obsessive cleaner.

His filmography can be found on IMDB. He attended NYU where he obtained a BFA in Film. His credits include associate editor on feature film FIFTH FORM & camera operator on feature documentary FOOL IN A B