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"Thinking of Suicide"
The narrator of King Dork, Tom Henderson, has a band and is trying to figure out how to play his guitar and how to write songs. He writes several songs through the course of the book, and I thought it might be fun actually to come up with the songs rather than just alluding to them in the text. The songs were written by me "as Tom Henderson," know what I mean? "Thinking of Suicide" is one of the first complete songs Tom writes. The title comes from an informational pamphlet for troubled teens handed out by the school. He likes the drawing of the girl on the cover. "This would make a pretty good song," he thinks: "all I had to do was give the girl a name and feel sorry for myself while pretending to be her. And figure out some lyrics and chords and stuff." This song, which incidentally ends up echoing through and complicating his family life, his social life, and his psychological life, is the result.
"I Wanna Ramone You"
This one is a little hard to "set up," but I'll give it a shot. There are three strands all tangled up in this song. Strand A: Tom is doing research on the life and times of his mysteriously deceased father, and part of that involves poring over ancient texts like the Bible and The Catcher in the Rye. It's a long story, but in the course of this research he inadvertently learns that the French verb ramoner (which literally means "to scrub out a chimney") can be used as a sexual metaphor. As a rock and roller, he of course immediately thinks of the Ramones, and, voilà, a new English euphemism for sex is born - I ramone, you ramone, he, she or it ramones... (This is useful to him, as it gives him a much cooler metaphor for sex than any of the other ones available; and it proved useful to the author, i.e., me, as well, for pretty much the same reason.) Strand B: Tom is taking Advanced French, which he describes as "a form of the French language in which only the present tense is used. Primarily employed for telling time and for describing the activities of this one guy named Jean and this other guy named Claude." So in writing his song about the timeless power of love, he decides to include some sophisticated, romantic French phrases in the lyrics. Strand C: He has this pretty big crush on a girl from a neighboring town, so he writes a song about her. (As one does in those situations.) "I Wanna Ramone You" is the result, one of his first full-on love songs.
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Wauw. Okay, I was really pleasently surprised of how good this little excerpt turned out... Read more
I like "The Mr. T Experience", so I thought I would try this. I'm probably not the target demographic. His take on "The Catcher in the Rye" is refreshing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Super Seven
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King Dork by Frank Portman is a book that after reading page one you'll love it and want more. Read more
I came into this book expecting a change from the common story of a bullied dork, misunderstood by society. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rocco Octavius
It was the style of storytelling that lost me. The story is told in a disjointed style that is at times confusing and at others simply maddening. Read morePublished 8 months ago by mjelose
I was assigned King Dork in my Music in Children's Lit course, and had it not been required, I never would have finished it. Needless to say, I didn't like the book very much. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jacob Benn
Nice book and came as staighted... Teens reading assignment for school and the price was right, other stores wanted more for the book....Published 12 months ago by Joaquin A. Butkus
I enjoyed the book. Fast-paced and full of twisted humor. A no-holds-barred description of life in high school with a mystery thrown in. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jim
Kept waiting for it to get better. Never happened. Waste of my time.
The writer was striving for humor and some empathy, but never made the mark. Read more