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jimt-moscow

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  • Patti Smith's 'Horses' (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Shaw
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Described as the perfect fusion of poetry and garage-band rock and roll (the original concept was "rock and Rimbaud"), Horses belongs as much to the world of literary and cultural criticism as it does to the realm of musicology. While Horses pays homage to the record's origins in the nascent New York punk scene, the audiobook's core lies in a detailed analysis of Patti Smith's lyrics and includes discussions of lyrical preoccupations: love, sex, gender, death, dreams, god, metamorphosis, intoxication, apocalypse, and transcendence.

    jimt-moscow says: "disappointing"
    "disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    academics with a need to analyze art works using psychological approaches (freudian theory) and philosophies (lacanian psychoanalysis)


    Has Patti Smith's 'Horses' (33 1/3 Series) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Crossley’s performances?

    maybe


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    a few


    Any additional comments?

    This work was dry an empty enough to suck all the meaning out of a work like the OED. I've appreciated others works in the 33 1/3 series. This one criticized Patti Smith's Horses album from outside the sensibilities of rock. I believed this made the work excessively dry and probably inaccurate. The author continually referred back to arcane philosophy (Slovo Zizek) and psychology (Lacane) to make his analysis.... yearning for the phallus indeed!
    He did this at the expense of the rich internal experience of Patti's music. I do not recommend this book.

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  • The Sugar Frosted Nutsack: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leyner
    • Narrated By Mark Leyner
    Overall
    (26)
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    (23)
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    (24)

    High above the bustling streets of Dubai, in the world's most luxurious skyscraper, reside the gods and goddesses of the modern world. Since they emerged 14 billion years ago from a bus blaring a tune remarkably similar to the Mister Softee jingle, they've wreaked mischief and havoc on mankind. Unable to control their jealousies, the gods have splintered into several factions, led by the immortal enemies XOXO, Shanice, La Felina, Fast-Cooking Ali, and Mogul Magoo. Ike Karton, an unemployed butcher from New Jersey, is their current obsession.

    MemeBag says: "Amazing"
    "TSFN, drug addled masterpiece of visionary fiction"
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    Would you listen to The Sugar Frosted Nutsack again? Why?

    Yes, I probably will listen to this work again. This piece ranks with Vonnegut's or Tom Robbin's best works as a stunning piece of absurdist fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    For me, my favorite character is a toss up between Ike, the protagonist, and XOXO the God of head injury and forgetfulness. Ike throws himself relentlessly to his fate as XOXO tries to sabotage the story. (No kidding.)


    Which character – as performed by Mark Leyner – was your favorite?

    I really doubt that anyone but the author could have done this justice.


    If you could rename The Sugar Frosted Nutsack, what would you call it?

    The Kandy Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamlined Nutsack


    Any additional comments?

    I really appreciate this works way of creating a story and at the same time creating a commentary on the story. It's a bit like having a novel interleaved with a dry academic article about the novel. Very clever.
    I get the impression that Leyner really hates critics.

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