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CHODE! [Paperback]

Mark Spitzer
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April 4, 2010 1926616103 978-1926616100
Fiction. CHODE! is a completely absurd abomination of scatology, blasphemy and violence. It's the epic epileptic history of a whacked-out island off Alaska that chronicles the chronic lives of scurvy slaves and sodomite pirates, creepy convicts and crippled fanatics, sadistic midgets and underage whores, plus madmen, mongoloids, feckless hags, pinheads and elephant men. It's an anti-P.C. travesty, a smearfest on the handicapped, an all-out assault on every race and faith there is. A seizuring indignity riddled with exaggerated stereotypes, ludicrous slang, and no social value whatsoever, CHODE! drips with body slime and suicide, big-butt gutter-sluts, birth defects, torture, rape, genocide, incest, VD, orgiastic revelry, rug-munching bearded ladies, human torsos, Siamese twins, Cleveland Steamers and impossible fish. It's an absolute abuse on the reader, totally devoid of any hope, just waiting to get banned and censored by hypocritical moralists who will surely reject its nouveau cartooniness as the shameless pornography of an extreme and graphic indecency.

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Mark Spitzer is a professor of creative writing in the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He has translated books by Jean Genet (THE GENET TRANSLATIONS, Polemic Press), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (THE CHURCH, Green Integer), Arthur Rimbaud (From Absinthe to Abyssinia, Creative Arts), Georges Bataille (The Collected Poems of Georges Bataille, Dufour Editions; Divine Filth, Creation Books) and Blaise Cendrars (Films Without Images, Green Integer). Spitzer's novels include CHUM (Zoland Books), CHODE! (Six Gallery Press), and BOTTOM FEEDER (Creative Arts). He has also published the following nonfiction collections: Season of the Gar (University of Arkansas Press), Writer in Residence (University of New Orleans Press), AFTER THE ORANGE GLOW (Monkey Puzzle Press), and Riding the Unit (Six Gallery Press). Spitzer has published two volumes of poetry as well. A former editor of the legendary EXQUISITE CORPSE literary franchise, he now edits the literary annual TOAD SUCK REVIEW. Spitzer has starred in the "Alligator Gar" episode of Animal Planet's River Monsters series and is an avid fisherman.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Six Gallery Press (April 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926616103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926616100
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,712,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Spuge April 7, 2010
How many creative ways can one pose the vulgar? And we don't mean pose in the effete way, either. Perhaps this book will make you feel like Charles Manson playing the kazoo before an audience of irritable emperor penguins. Maybe.

It is hard not to take the printed "volume one" as anything but a threat, but it is a kindly one under the care of a good reader. Spitzer's short rocket-style blasts of the absurd, visceral, and tradition-baiting vulgarity makes for that kind of nostalgic reading many of us had as kids with the flashlight under the bed covers reading Mad Magazine. If you liked Spitzer's "Riding the Unit", you'll most definitely enjoy this more. In some ways, the irreal-ist quality of these shorts, wondrously masked by trademark obscenity, turns The Art of Fiction (1984) on its ear. Again, maybe.

There's simply not one bit of bathos in the whole lot, so hang on tight to your lawn furniture and have this book kicking around your cottage this summer.
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