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Devilcountry [Kindle Edition]

Craig Spivek , Lee Murphy , Emilio Medina , Bobbie Deerfield
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Read what happens when Ozzy orders a pizza but can't remember! He doesn't know how to open the gate and has no cash to pay! This is one of the true life moments weaved into a fictionalized account of delivering pizzas in Beverly Hills better known as Devilcountry. Marvel at Craig Spivek—Bald! Jewish! And slightly schizo! As he finds his way in life by delivering to the famous and famous-adjacent for ex-screen legend and owner of The Big Pizza, Carin Murphy! Stand in awe as convicted felon turned ex-Playboy model Randi Thompson and her hustler-driver boyfriend Rick try to climb the Mt. Shit-er-horn known as Hollywood! Gaze on in shock as up-and-coming screenwriter and quasi-feminist Lisa Goldberg totally loses her shit! and makes celebrity wannabee Pudgie deal with it! Scream ¡Ay Caramba! as Big Pizza manager Geraldo does what he must do to save his job from the clutches of Anaheim. Carin’s in trouble. The wolves are at the door and from his mild suburban home in the glorious San Fernando Valley Craig Spivek hears her calling to him through a shamanistic vision. Actually it's just a guest appearance by Carin on a mid-morning talk show. But you get the idea. See, here’s the deal. Craig is kinda batshit crazy, but so what? He gets off his ass, and out of his parents’ house for a while. Maybe he ain’t so crazy after all. Maybe this is just the way of Devilcountry. Maybe you need to investigate. This is a story of failure, showbiz, and pizza as witnessed and told by me, Craig Spivek. Craig really delivered to stars. Mexicans really worked the back and Jimmy really took me to a sex show and died. Now back off, order a pizza to be delivered and enjoy the ride. Don't forget to tip good.

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  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQKMQK6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spivek is the real enchilada December 20, 2012
Pizza! Showbiz! Failure!

Three delectable toppings slapped liberally on one of the tastiest slum texts ever to emerge from America's own plastic city... Lost Angeles.

It's hot and fresh from the brain oven of loser-chic author/comic Craig Spivek, an underground LA legend who feeds readers with a death-wish diet of craptastic life amid a meaningless star culture gone sour as expired cheese.

He's spooned on the story-sauce thick, yielding a concoction that goes straight to your underbelly and burns with a red-hot chili pepper buzz.

Keep the Tums close at hand! This book will be bubbling up in your consciousness for years to come and give you plenty of laughs along the way.

If anyone ever asks you... what is life really like in LA? Hand them this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil is in the Details January 28, 2013
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While Spivek pinpoints Beverly Hills as Devilcountry, he reveals that it can just as easily be a Las Vegas hotel room, a parking lot in Victorville, or, yes, even the Osbourne estate. Like the author, I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and his tale of Devilcountry was both enigmatic and all too familiar.

What begins as a rambling peak into Spivek's sloppy-sexual conquests, quarreling household and slacker escapades--with the tale of a Mexican's drug-fueled trip to Disneyland thrown in just for fun--slowly evolves into a wry commentary about Hollywood wannabes, almost ares and has-beens. You wouldn't think that a pizza delivery guy would have such insight, but he does. And in the end you marvel out how well Spivek has unfolded the confounding and absurd way that Devilcountry can both lift you up and knock you down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading January 3, 2013
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As a native Californian I have always been amazed at the number of people who move to Los Angeles to seek fame and fortune. Since I am from northern California I haven't experienced first hand what it is like to have 99% of your neighbors be non-natives. In fact during all of my time in southern California for my career, Laker Games, Disneyland, and the occasional Dodger Dog, I just always assumed that no one in LA was really from California and they were all truly weird. It's a nice place to visit and live two weeks out of the month, but nothing is more comforting than running home up north to the natives. Well, through Craig's book I found out that there are real people in LA, and in the Valley no less. And the most "real" person of all is named Craig Spivek. If you want to read a book that makes you laugh so hard it hurts, buy his new release DevilCountry!! A self described "bald Jewish" man whose true rite of passage for his Bar Mitzvah was getting his hair cut in Beverly Hills "and not that whole Torah-reading crap." You won't ever forget reading his amazingly descriptive chapter of his friend Geraldo going to Disneyland on shrooms (but somehow remembers he parked in Sleepy,) or Craig himself delivering pizza to The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy. If you want to know all about the inner workings of Hollywood from a witty and rebellious pizza delivery boy, then DevilCountry is for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Mojo Raison D'être January 10, 2013
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Spivek's semi-autofictional account centers around "Craig" whose work as a delivery driver for a Hollywood Pizza restaurant connects him to a cast of characters whose drive to 'make it' in Devilcountry produces a narrative that is both sad and brutally hilarious. The motivations of each character ranges from the stereotypical Hollywood dream of being rich and famous, to the golden promise of a hook up with a young starlet.
Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, I found Spivek's characters to be very genuine and true, yet felt the book was fresh and original, and not a sterotypical book about Hollywood survival.
The books is filled with both sex and drugs, but ultimately finds its heart and soul. A shroom induced thrill ride through Disneyland was a journey on par with Fear and Loathing's trip through Circus Circus, with a pizza delivery to Ozbourne house another highlight. Celebrities are interwoven into the fiction, and constantly challenge the reader to work out if any of this could be true, it is Hollywood, after all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Shades of Grey but in the San Fernando Valley January 6, 2013
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What a great book!! Mr. Spivek has a gift for mixing stories of the everyday person to the famous. Lots of sex in this book! Very entertaining! The First must read of 2013.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read on realities of Hollywood!!! September 3, 2013
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If you want to peek into the un-glamorous side if life in the concrete jungle of LaLaLand you must check out this naughty and enjoyable read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ComicalPhilophicalSocialReflectiveFun June 25, 2013
Plato, in the Republic, attempted to allegorically illuminate the essence of the sensory world by comparing it to shadows projected on a cave wall. Human being, for Plato, chases shadows cast from activity it is obstructed from seeing. Craig Spivek's Devilcountry brings readers into the worlds generating the Hollywood shadows that humanity chases within postmodern cyber caves of existence. Plato, in reflecting upon the possibility of humans coming to understand the activity of forms generating the shadow world thought humans would generally prefer the shadows. As one enters the worlds of Devilcountry, readers may also come to find that they prefer the cinematic shadows of Hollywood, not the people, social actions, and institutions behind the projectors.
In Devilcountry Spivek brings readers into the worlds of the projectors through an institution at its margins--Pizza delivery. The novel pivots around the adventures of the protagonist--Craig--as he delivers pizza in Hollywood and the L.A. region, aka "Devilcountry". Using a classic literary trope, inversion, Spivek disrupts the red carpet imagery Hollywood perpetually circulates to represent itself. Spivek's Hollywood is not a world of Appollonian Oscars, but furrows of bugs which he, a Hollywood "entomologist" uncovers in the cracks of the cinematic landscapes of Los Angeles. Spivek narrates worlds where college graduates that seek Hollywood to become part of a "show, a script, or a boy band" end up in "whatever"; worlds where heroic figures have "nothing to be superhereoy about"; worlds where powerful creatures in Tommy Milfiger speedos dwell that refuse to pay extra "bucks for an `H'"; worlds of "Nagel undertones, Warholian color, and cheap motel sexy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated it
I rarely don't finish a book even if I don't like it - I believe that if someone has put the energy and effort into writing something then the least I can do is finish it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Meganne
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
Confusing as hell.

Not funny.

Nothing new in taking a swipe at Beverly Hills culture. Read more
Published 14 months ago by LAX
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Finish
I'm sorry. I just couldn't get into this book. Might have read the first two chapters. Four more words required? Sheesh!
Published 14 months ago by Paula Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bukowski's Jewish nephew!!!! Read this book if you like to enjoy...
Jukowski! Can i say that on tv???? Seriously- this is the best book about Hollywood, et al, since friggin
Hollywood, by Henry Chinaski! It even has Mickey Rourke in it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Clark Chimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Creatively written and very funny!
This was a great book with juicy and hilarious, behind the scenes, real and imagined bits about Hollywood celebs and an enticing story garnished with a healthy dose of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most captivating works of creative non-fiction / fiction I...
Devil Country is one of the most "un-put-down-able" stories I have ever read! There is so much character, depth, charm, charisma, human interest, history, glamor,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hakeem Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
Occasionally disturbing, ultimately riveting. Every time I think Craig Spivek has crossed the line, he assures me that it's just his way telling a story, not to mention, the only... Read more
Published 18 months ago by RobM
5.0 out of 5 stars Flavors of Lebowski!
Craig Spivek's first book is highly enjoyable and a very quick read. If you want a page turning book with a lot of heart, purchase Devilcountry today. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Beckaroni
5.0 out of 5 stars Mothers say Yes! to Devilcountry
I am a mother of two, sometimes mother of four, which makes my life somewhat deficient in laughter (the hearty adult kind) and sex. This book provides both!!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Y'know
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