Shelves: american , anglo For those who subscribe to the cult of language ie: without beautiful language a book cant be beautiful; the bricks are all, the architecture is irrelevant; this whole kneejerk anti-plot perspective that seems to be de rigueur in our corner of Goodreads , Im here to tell you: there are other cults. Other criterion for excellence. And theyre valid. Me, when I was a lad, I subscribed to a cult of structure.
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Shelves: american , anglo For those who subscribe to the cult of language ie: without beautiful language a book cant be beautiful; the bricks are all, the architecture is irrelevant; this whole kneejerk anti-plot perspective that seems to be de rigueur in our corner of Goodreads , Im here to tell you: there are other cults.
Other criterion for excellence. And theyre valid. Me, when I was a lad, I subscribed to a cult of structure. Probably stemming from my reading of Slaughterhouse Five as a teenager remember that zig-zag chronology? Structure, as I saw it, was language — a deeper language than words and sentences, which were surface play. And to an extent, I still think that way. But I can live without a guitar solo altogether, if its absence is part of the architecture of a My Bloody Valentine or a Slint song.
Dennis Cooper, now he is defiantly MBV-esque. That is, a cacophony: voices levelled, virtually into one. No lead instrument. No main character. No plot throughline. To my tastes a little too unstructured certainly moreso than Psychocandy , Closer is nevertheless successful, because by throwing everything at the wall with an absence of histrionics Cooper levels its jangled contents to a smooth patina, something reflective and even refined, despite the screeching discord it contains.
But to my mind, Frisk is better. Or rather, it passes the lead around like a Joy Division record before settling back on the frontman. But this one would have pleased my younger self.
This is — carefully — structured. A place of safety: fiction. And: all the images in language. And three-quarters of the way through Frisk he hits you with them, in an extended first-person description of rape, murder and mutilation at least as thorough as American Psycho yet somehow responsible in execution. And then we tweak: so much here is fantasy; does this viewpoint signify fantasy too?
Dennis the character imagining himself into memories that perhaps never happened. But virtuoso at juggling images and levels of reality Cooper just might be. Frisk is — truly — subversive. And dangerous, perhaps for its author most of all.
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Gajar We were working the late shift one night. Their parents are busy and barely pay any attention to them. For sake of ridiculous comparisons I have to say that it coooper almost as a postmodern poem that rejects capitalization thereby making every capital letter that much more important in the end. Aug 31, Jason added it.
Jun 27, Lauren rated it liked it. George gets involved with a middle-aged French man named Coopeg, and through that connection travels down a dark road of dangerous, filthy sex that almost gets him killed in the basement of some suburban home. If they strike first, then ddennis no one will find their soft underbelly. To view it, click here. There is an unflinching aspect to the writing that I find compelling — the casual nature of the relationships, the stark representation of subculture — but in seeking to portray a series of fundamentally vacuous lives, you also end up with something that feels very antiseptic. What he needs is someone who cares.