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Cancer as a Social Activity: Affirmations of World's End Paperback – May 1, 2005


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Mike Williams has a sketchy nervousness that’s dark and energetic with infectious words that cut to the bone --Shelton Hank Williams III

If words were bullets Mike Williams would have already blown your head into oblivion --Jeff Clayton, AntiSeen

Echoing sentiments of the disenfranchised street on an anti-society Greyhound ride with a one way ticket between boredom and nowhere --Dwight Slade, Into the Void Reader

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A denizen of the interstate U.S. bus system, Michael D. Williams was born in High Point, North Carolina, pit stopping somewhere along the lines in New York City, and as of this writing, is currently living in New Orleans. Like a rat with nine lives; poverty, asthma, chemical abuse and run-ins with John Law led to fending off life’s battles with a shrug and a gut punch to the torso of society. Survival lessons were taught uneasily, breathing life and reality into words only a mother could hate. Michael has been the vocalist for many punk and rock groups, most successfully with the band EyeHateGod and is currently working on another project called Outlaw Order. Formerly the Associate editor of Metal Maniacs, he occasionally writes for a number of underground Rock and Roll publications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Roots Publishing (May 1, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 097035441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970354419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Humphrey on February 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought Cancer as a Social Activity almost a year after I purchased my first Eyehategod record. I was hoping for the same nihilistic, obscene bitterness that I had come to expect from Mike Williams and his band of merry mauraders, but was surprised to find something a little more elegant than a treatsie on wasted life. A little different.

Make no mistake, Mike's style and content is not for the faint of heart, and anyone in search of conventional poetry about nature and love and man's struggle, etc. would do well to look elsewhere. But if you're keen on a more twisted look at these traditional subjects (and more subversive ones, like shady bus stops, guerrilla warfare, and heroin withdrawal), look no further. Williams might take a negative approach to the world at large, and his writing reflects that, but it often does so in a way that reveals a beauty of language, in spite of (and often because of) his choice of colorful subject matter. It's an acquired taste, to be sure. His words are spiteful and often sting, but are never detached or cliche'. It would be lazy and wrong to label Williams as 'just another Bukowski' or whathaveyou, but I think he has a take all his own. To me, Williams writes twisted, rural fairytales that reflect his own background growing up in Louisiana. Anyone with a similar upbringing or disposition to life is bound to find something of value here. And squares can at least get all hot and bothered by his language choice, which is a part of the fun, too.

Criticisms are that, in spite of his presence of a unique voice, some of the poetry's recurring themes or images run together, making specific poems or passages a little unmemorable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ol' iornsides on May 20, 2007
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very disorienting, and obscure (in a good way). dark written word from the heart of a hard life. Very good reading for those into that sort of viewpoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SpineOfGod on November 12, 2013
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If you're a fan of Eyehategod, this is as essential to any collection as the albums. Not for the faint of heart, but if you're even on this page to begin with, you should already know that.

That being said, as others have said, go to Mike Williams' website and buy it directly from him for 30 bucks, not Amazon's overpriced ridiculousness, or get out to a show and get it even cheaper. Better the money go right to Mike than this corporate crap, or people listing it used for insane prices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EyeHateCapitalism on March 16, 2013
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The pricing on these books is obscene. Go see a Corrections House show with Mike from EHG and Scott from Neurosis. Amazing new project they have going on. Mike reads from this book while a cacophony of audio is bubbling in the background. Amazing s***. They sell these books at the show and Mike will personally give it to you for 20 bucks. If you can't do that go to his website and ask for one.
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