Posted 29 April 2019 - 03:35 AM
My impression, he took himself to school with Shakespeare, Dostoevsky and Faulkner, and perhaps missed the writers who would have shown him to handle his material: Algren, George Mandel, Chandler Brossard, John Clellon Holmes, even Kerouac. This book is a year ahead of Last Exit, and for all it’s cult status isn’t playing at that level.
Not that it’s a bad read, for goodness sake.
Posted 12 May 2019 - 10:25 PM
I won’t touch the politics here. It’s a very engaging and entertaining book, if you have a tolerance for theory. Hilarious at times, although the overall purpose is serious. I was impressed by the sheer range of popular culture references he has at his finger-tips, and I liked the way he can call on cinema as easily as literature to support his points.
His command of thinkers I know well — Kant, Hegel, Heidegger — is impressive, so I assume he’s sound on Lacan and Badiou too. After decades of trying with Lacan, I still can’t manage even his basic concepts. Given that I can parse Derrida and Deleuze, I am not sure it’s my fault.
Posted 12 May 2019 - 10:28 PM
Posted 13 May 2019 - 03:48 PM
picked up the newest David Means book, Instruction for a funeral.. He truly is a master of the short story, it may be his best book yet.