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The Orton Diaries by Joe Orton
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Boy oh boy. It's kind of a one-sided view of an increasingly unhealthy relationship. If you can even call it a view, as Orton, charming and witty as he seems, was too self-centred to really see his relationship. I'm not sure how long he could have gone on, denying his own need for and others' need for love. He would have crashed and burned with his own nihilistic hedonism at some point (perhaps when his career was turning down?). You get the sense about a third of the way through the diaries that he's just writing them for future publication. Little did he know the circumstances under which they would be. Also, the introduction by John Lahr is great, as well as his very useful footnotes sometimes drawing on his biographical research on Orton. I'll have to read Prick Up Your Ears too.
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05/19 page 18
6.0% "I just have a great feeling about this one..."
05/21 page 120
39.0% "so so readable! We just had an evening with Paul McCartney at Brian Epstein's house. Joe goes to events when he really just wants his dinner."
05/23 page 121
40.0% "there are bombs in Tripoli in 2011, but Joe and Kenneth just had a hideous attempt at holiday there. Joe thought it would be like Tangier but it was all 'oilmen'. Joe is always chilled out, K gets stressed and upset at setbacks ..."
06/15 page 236
78.0% "He's so very charming and kind of likable at the same time as casually cruel (and offhandedly misogynistic). Five weeks to live, boys! Fear to watch yet cannot look away etc"
03/04 marked as: read
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Tanya Hart Love this book, and the Lahr book, and the film of 'Prick up your Ears' - Molina and Gary Oldman. I read them obsessively in highschool. His plays feel quite dated and strange. But my reading coincided with some very strange events in my real-life at that time... A flower seller impersonating an undercover police officer... It all seemed to fit together.


Emma Curious! I remember watching the film in the early nineties, think I was probably too young, must try again. I also saw 'Loot' in high school, and it really was dated. He ain't Shakespeare.


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