Very unique and fascinating book. I thought the Choose Your Adventure aspect was more ironic symbolically since all the decisions seemed futile against the power of alcoholism. However I still agree that the ultimate choice was between staying and going.
I read this, and found it to be quite moving and well-done. And the art is awesome - the whole thing totally looks like a CYOA.
I BLAME STITCH'N'BITCH FOR HALF THE SHIT WRONG WITH PORTLAND.
WHY IS THERE A TOILET BRUSH ON HIS SHIRT?
My favorite thing to know about artists is "how they pay the rent." I know that Blankets was hugely successful. But was it enough to keep him afloat for six years straight while he made Habibi? Or does he also have to have a side job (or was he doing regular freelance work, like the Menomena art)?
Petty questions... but I'm just curious!
Jane Austen was Regency!
I thought the book was very careful and Madeleine bordered on precious. I feel like the difference between Austen's privileged characters, and Eugenides, is that Austen always gave them a bit of a spine. If they were simpering layabouts then they weren't the protagonists. I felt there were moments when Madeleine was that. She was just a bit too soft to play the lead. Maybe she needed a bit of Flannery O'Conner (Southern Gothic!) added to her.
Jane Austen wasn't a Victorian!
This is amazing, really looking forward to seeing this project come to life!
Does she know that the Khmer Rouge were just about the fiercest anti-capitalists around?
It does have the bullet hole story - unfortunately it doesn't have the bullet hole. It would be cool to shoot my comp copies... in fact, I think I'm going to do that today. It's just a .22 - I can open the book to that 8 page story and shoot them in my basement. If you come to my art show that opens next month I should have shot copies - baring an accident.
I've lived in portland over 12 years...
(I love this review BTW - thank you!)
By some chance, does this include that brilliant "bullet issue?"
And if so, how the hell does that work?
oooo finally a look inside the sexual imagination of middle-aged heterosexuals.
That said, the next time I stub my toe, it's totally "MOTHERFUCKING COCKBRISKET"
Latins are not white please.
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Wow. Great to see nonfiction in the Merc review mix. But I'm waiting for the world to loot Oregon.
Glad you liked the essay, Alison. Thanks!
I may read the book... but I love the Spiritualized referance.
Much about Peter Hoffmeister's beautifully written book reminded me of The Lord of the Flies. OK, there were grownups in his life but, with one stellar exception when he was in high school, they only made his life more painful, both physically and emotionally. I recognize that child - angry, frightened, brilliant, resourceful and beleaguered. There are so many of us whose childhoods were like haunted houses, who will recognize in Hoffmeister's unsentimental prose the rage and bewilderment at a world that refuses to meet his most basic needs.
So, why only six months? SAD? Reaching the limits of human tolerance for solipsism?
Not that I'm claiming I could do it...
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