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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,258 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
You see him at the liquor store. You see him at the bus stop, trying to look at you without being seen. Who is he? He is a person. In this debut novel, a person walks around Chicago contemplating the possibility of starving to death on purpose. He has sex with his neighbor. He goes out to look for a job but just buys little plastic dogs from homeless people instead. Who is ...more
Paperback, 87 pages
Published October 7th 2010 by Eraserhead Press (first published October 1st 2010)
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Steve Lowe
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Person is not a specific person in the sense that it's a character whose arc we follow through a story. This is a snapshot of loneliness and alienation, of over-powering apathy and lack of motivation. The person in Person has no name. He has no description aside from the inner thoughts he shares with us over 87 pages. Person has no sense of self, no ambition to be someone or do something, no idea at all, really, of who he is, or what he wants, or wants to be. Funny, a little sad, pathetic, occas ...more
Lance
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got this as a free Kindle book. The detachment and alienation of Person reminded me of The Stranger for Some reason. This is a writer that I want to read more of. Very good.
Alexander Akyna
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xxi-century
What I liked the most: glossy cover, book cover (I love Sam Pink's canvases, book covers and book titles [he artsy, dude]), 80 pages long, stylish choices, postmodern repetitions (neon/practice/left of you...), brevity of the chapters, fluidity of the prose, introspection, observations (about the stupid seriousness of hard to get dead-end jobs [3 interviews!], mind games ["Eventually I blink. I think he thinks that means he won somehow] and other stuff), baby Jimbo's part, imagination (angel's s ...more
DeWitt Brinson
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Person's some tight shit. I'd read this book even if there were a fleet of rape drones saying, "Just do it. I dare you." I'd lick my reading finger and just do it anyway. Fuck a rape drone.
Ju$tin
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I forget what chapter it was--but the one about jimbo had me rolllllling. that was worth the read alone. otherwise I like this guy's prose and eccentric characters and am off to read witch piss.
Anita Dalton
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Back when I bought a copy of Shoplifting from American Apparel, I also bought a copy of Person by Sam Pink. Since my first exposure to alt lit resulted in what can only be called a complete nervous book-down, I was understandably reluctant to read Pink. Lin’s SfAA filled me with such disgust that had I read anything similar immediately afterward and then discussed it I would have needed a new anus.

But a few years have passed, and the fire of my hatred has dimmed. Also, Person is a slim volume an
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Tina
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
So this is what I chose to read on a Friday 13th that occurred in the ninth month of the year 2013. This is, of course, absolutely inconsequential to anything I'm about to say about this book, but then again random seems to be my middle name lately.

More to the point, I feel like I need to start this review by saying that this is my first time ever reading bizarro fiction, as well as the first time I read a Sam Pink book. I can't say what exactly my expectations were before starting it, as the b
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Justin
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
I want to say supportive things about a fellow indie author, I really do, but...damn it. This is the laziest book I've ever read, even lazier than Cormac Friggin McCarthy's The Road. That makes my blood boil. You see, I hate Cormac Friggin McCarthy, and I wanted to go on thinking that The Road was the laziest book even written, but now I can't do that anymore. Now I have to say unsupportive things about an orphan, starving small-fry independent author about how HE has written the laziest book ra ...more
Kate
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who are absurdly surreal
Recommended to Kate by: Cameron Pierce
Shelves: bizarro
I came to this book at the most perfect time when I wasn't right in the head due to a harsh migraine. In between sleep, I read this book and had some very strange dreams about smelling like pizza, going into a second interview for a bagging position, and having neon colored words scroll through my headhole. It was as if this book played out as a movie in my sleep.

However, I still came to the conclusion today (now that I'm feeling like my 'normal' self) that this book is awesome! I loved the absu
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Mykle
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"I live in Chicago and I don't get along with a lot of people and the reasons are always new and wonderful."

This is a quick read, but a touching one. It's a first-person portrait of extreme loneliness, mistrust and alienation, and how those feelings can reinforce one another, demand your loyalty and make you love them, until finally you start to enjoy being sad and look forward to dying. I've totally felt like this, and Sam Pink nails it.

(But again I say: no stars for books on the same press as
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Kirsten Alene
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sam Pink's new novel, Person, is the greatest book I have ever read where nothing really happens. A person wanders around Chicago, feeling alternately morose and elated. Although the eponymous Person lives in an apartment, I have never read a book that felt more homeless.

The occasional "Other Version" of a chapter (in which something only vaguely dissimilar to the first version happens) emphasizes the feeling of uncertainty.

I believe that Sam Pink has access to some of the most universal human
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Megan
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is comprised almost solely of dull moments and yet there's not a dull moment in this book.
Benjamin
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Yo, this is it. This book kills it. Get this book. This book is fucking it.
Jonathon
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I want to punch this writer in the mouth. I don't know why I have that urge. Insulting literature? Complaining about how he doesn't brush his teeth enough and that is suppose to be important to me? Whining about being a giant pussy as if it is a badge of courage?

I am sure he is a good guy and all, it's just something about this book. It is pretty funny with lots of dead pan humor; which I appreciate. Maybe I am just jealous of his jokes, or maybe it is just a shitty book. I don't know. Let's ju
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Paul Clayton
Person, a review

I wanted to read some shit that kids read.
I don’t know why, for practice, maybe.
I heard about person and bought it.
The word SUCKER scrolls through my head hole.
I don’t know.
The blurb on the book’s page says:
Who is the person? The person is you. The person is me.

No. I beg to differ. I like the sound of that. Other people say that and I like that. So I say it again and again. No. I beg to differ. My dog looks at me like…

When you gonna buy me some dog food.

Anyway, it’s short, and it
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Zadignose
Jun 26, 2014 added it
Shelves: 21st-century
This book is similar in character to Rontel, and much of what Sam Pink would do in that later work is already on display in some form here. In tone, Person is a little sadder, a little less funny, a little less extreme in its degree of absurdity. It makes use of its own leitmotifs, i.e. elements that are repeated and serve as a sort of a theme, such as the repeated sentences "it feels like practice" and "it's insane," and the tendency to retreat from some of his most extreme or tenuous assertion ...more
Kathleen
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If I ever need to remind myself, years down the line, what it was like to be young and emotionally short-circuited in a small apartment in Chicago in the early 2010's, I could read this book again. I thought it was interesting how closely Person resembled my own internal dialogue. Maybe Sam Pink is one of those dudes who has read too much Bukowski, but whatever, I found this book touching and it rang true. It is at least a good artifact of our world-weary, Raskolnikovian zeitgeist.
David
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really weird little book, but it was a hell of a lot of fun to read. It seems like this really strange mix of Tao Lin and Knut Hamsun. I've never read anything quite like it. It is absurd, but most of the absurdity is in the mind of the character and in his reactions to things. It's funny, but self-deprecating as well in a way that goes beyond humor. In the end, I'm not quite sure what it is...but it is good.
Yasmine Alfouzan
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
"I decide to play the disappearing game, where I try to see how completely I can be gone from any interaction.
The problem with this game is that with victory comes no recognition."

A bizarre self-narration and introspection of a "person" who's overcome with alienation and social ineptitude. I really enjoyed it; but, clearly, it's not for everyone. If you happen to enjoy reading absurd and depressing inner monologues that stem from spotting ordinary things in life, i.e. a roommate sleeping, 7-11 b
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Pedro Proença
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"There's an advertisement for a junior college along the inside of the train.
The ad features a smilling man holding books.
He looks nice.
One day I will figure out which stop the junior college is at and then I will go there and meet this man and we will help each other through life."

This was one hell of a book.

I was reading this book on a train, my girlfriend was reading her Kindle too. On a stop, just before the doors closed, one guy got up, snatched the Kindle from her hands (she was sitting by
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Bradley
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Prior to reading this book, I had mostly been familiar with Sam Pink’s poetry (although I had also read a few short-short prose pieces here and there). And this poetry made me a fan of his work, particularly due to its humor and surreal imagery. This book introduced me to his longer work, and I thought it was really great. Unlike his other writing, this is extremely reality-based. Considering Pink’s strength lies in the surreal, I would have assumed that I wouldn’t care for a book that lacked fa ...more
Caitlin Goldblatt
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“I walk down the hallway and go into my room and call it a day and it calls me something else.”

Sam Pink will fuck you up. This guy is hilarious and throws out beautiful prose like it's garbage he might want back one day. I definitely recommend this for white, cisgender dudes in their early to mid-twenties, but it was fairly easy for me to connect with as well, given that Pink's protagonists are about as sarcastic and confused as any twentysomething. His prose will hurt you the way you hurt your
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Marti
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
buddy looked at my book and said nevermind. i read a little passage on the first page. he really didnt like that. i asked him why he didn't like it. he told me it was a waste of time and then after a few moments passed he told me i would make a good therapist. you can tell, i'm sure, that the next thing i asked is why he thought i would make a good therapist. he told me because i'm interested in other peoples weirdness.
Parker
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Feels like Practice."

After reading this book, whenever anything happens in my life I imagine myself saluting words in neon letters in my head.

And Sam Pink is right next to me and we wink at each other.
ΠανωςΚ
ας μην το βαθμολογήσω καλύτερα, φριχτό βιβλίο πολύ συμπαθητικού αντεργκράουντ συγγραφέα, απ' τις πιο κουραστικές αναγνωστικές εμπειρίες μου - και μιλάμε για 87 σελίδες που τελειωμό δεν είχαν!
Robb Todd
Oct 18, 2010 added it
Shelves: 2012, small-press
Should I be worried that I could identify with the narrator? No. No way. This book is hilariously thoughtful and is definitely going to be read again.
Kpiccolo
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
the word "genius" scrolls through my head in big block neon letters
Patrick Wensink
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Like The Stranger if The Stranger was funny.
Fawzy
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This is my first Sam Pink novel and he says more in 87 pages about the state of modern America than many authors in 500 pages.

To be born in the USA today and then reach that point that the nameless narrator is at and to realize you've reached that point is like a dim epiphany.

The point that i'm referring to is the slow realization that there might be nothing else in your life and this is it. Could this be it? Seriously, God? Sharing a shitty apartment in a city I hate and looking for a job that
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Dustin
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thin and depressing this one. Some really funny passages and some authentic alienation too.
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Sam Pink is the author of The No Hellos Diet, Hurt Others, I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It, Frowns Need Friends Too, and the cult hit Person. His writing has been published widely in print and on the internet, and also in other languages. He lives in Chicago, where he plays in the band Depressed Woman.
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“And I realize that there is nothing to worry about without first wanting to be alive a certain way.
That is somewhat relaxing to think.”
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“I walk down the hallway and go into my room and call it a day and it calls me something else.” 24 likes
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