‘rule of the bone’ by russell banks // harper perennial, 1995
in 1995 this novel was released
the same year ‘jumanji’ & ‘toy story’ came out lol
the same year montell jordan came out w/ ‘this is how we do it’
tlc w/ ‘waterfalls’, coolio w/ ‘gangsta’s paradise’
the year ‘yahoo’ & ebay & the ‘dvd’ were founded
‘actors anonymous' by james franco // new harvest -houghton mifflin, 2k13
review by js
seems easy to give a low score like this right?
i mean here’s like an ‘alt lit nobody’ like ‘hating’ on a movie star actor person who’s written a book right?
seems like every1 who talks abt james franco is like ‘hating’ on james franco
seems like he’s just like a nice guy trying to find his place in the artistic world while cashing checks for OZ 2 or something
‘the circle’ by dave eggers // mcsweeneys, 2k13
review by josh s
seems like i read ‘heartbreaking work’ several yrs ago & tried to read it again in the past ~2 months and no longer felt ‘up for it’
seems like really ‘overwrought’ or something
looks like i used to refer to it as ‘staggering genius’ now just refer to it as ‘heartbreaking work’
read into that what you want, like all ‘literature’ i guess
seems like ‘dave eggers’ is like that band yr older brother was into one time
seems like ppl refer to ‘dave eggers’ like ppl refer to classic rock or something
like it was ‘groundbreaking’ once but now it’s like ‘meh’
'okk now—abridged version an email recently sent to I AM ALT LIT contributors' by js // gmail, 2k13
let’s keep this going
i’ve decided to take away the ‘anonymity’
that’s right, put yr name on every review (if you want to)
link it back to whatev proj you want (twitter, tumblr, personal web, etc)
if we’re asking you to do something then you should get something
you may have noticed we’ve been posting more reviews of ‘traditional media’ i think this is great, to spread the alt lit voice and perspective
alt lit is not just a writing style, but a unique and emerging perspective
shared by cultural creatives who can take that ‘lens’ & apply it to multiple ‘facets’ of culture
whatever alt lit entails, it doesn’t matter for the ppl that identify with our crazy styled quotes, or juxtaposed random poems, or interesting internet collages, or short stories of loneliness
pls take this artistic worldview & let it go
some of the style of the reviews should still be the same, i guess
i still like the rating system, i guess
i still like ‘negative’ reviews in the face of ‘negative criticism’ abt ‘negative reviews’
i just want ppl to review stuff that ‘moves’ them positively/negatively
it’s okay to get ‘frustrated’ by something & ask them to go further
it’s okay to get ‘mad’ in a good way
it’s okay to use criticism as a mode for improving
it’s not wasted breath or misused energy—it is asking the writer/creator to push harder, push in, push out & push beyond what they think they can normally do
criticism is about improving, not regressing into smugness
i don’t have time to ‘scour’ looking for interesting alt lit sayings, and it never found its ‘voice’ etc
alt lit g // mammal // alt lit press // pop do ‘news’ just fine, yessss
'reflektor' by arcade fire // merge records, 2k13
64.3 - 88.8
Reflektor is what happened when Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars stole a bass player from Parliament Funkadelic and covered “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
'the counselor' by ridley scott/cormac mccarthy, fox films 2k13
Cameron Diaz is probably the guilty conscience of Cormac McCarthy writing penitence for writing such “Masculine Novels” all the dam time.
came across O.K. Schwarz & his echapbook via twitter;
read the entire thing (~17pp., about 1/2 of which are pics) before work one day.
found “Cactus Jungle (mom poems)” extremely fascinating.
Schwarz’ poetry captures
small, emotional moments for his personae
that are triggered by objects seen
or feelings felt that lead to sad/pensive
thoughts or memories of the mother-character.
'cruisin to the finish line: speed secrets' by @PTCruiserUSA // createspace, 2k13
read some article shortly after 1st joining Twitter in 2k12.
the article talked abt bizarre twitter accounts
& the 1st ‘bizarre’ account mentioned was:
so, being new to Twitter & wanting to follow more folks,
followed the account.
(said article also mentioned tht jon hendren/@fart followed @PTCruiserUSA,
so, u kno…famous ppl ‘get’ it.)
'a crackup at the race riots' is a bewildering journey thru many, if not most, 'depraved' corners in the mind of filmmaker harmony korine
'terribly' and/or 'amusingly' incoherent/incohesive, the 'ride' never stops, it goes and goes and encourages you to feel nauseous via being offended or simply disoriented