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The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Paperback – August 17, 2007


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  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Semiotext(e) (August 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584350520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584350521
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At 27, Michelle Tea is an ex-prostitute, ex-Goth, ex-drummer for Dirt Bike Gang, ex-straight girl, ex-lesbian separatist vegan, ex-Catholic schoolgirl, and ex-resident of Chelsea, Boston's working class slum. She is poised, with this breakthrough debut volume, to become the spokesperson for America's young queer girl mutant horde." New Books Weekly



"Dirty, sweet, pop, and poetic, Michelle Tea is like a twisted Spice Girl who can actually singand write."Mary Gaitskill



"Full of burning intensity." New York Times



"Sentences that snap, and pop off the page to create a wholly formed, gruesomely real universe between the book covers." Chas Bowie Portland Mercury



"The first time I read The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, I thought, Yes. Finally. No book has gotten closer to describing my own experience as a teen American girl, even though I came of age on a different continent than Michelle Tea, and never slept with another girl, and never worked as a prostitute. She captures something so close to the core of contemporary female experience that I want to get trite about it. I want to gush. I want to call her the Voice of a Generation, the New Jack Kerouac." Bookslut



"The legacy of thirty years of feminism.... Rollicking and blistering, pained and hilarious, wired and wild-eyed and smashingly good." Laurie Stone Village Voice

About the Author

Michelle Tea is the prolific author of the Lambda Award-winning Valencia, the graphic novel Rent Girl, the "inspired queer bildungsroman" Rose of No Man's Land, and other books. She was a 1999 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for fiction. Her critically acclaimed books have appeared on "books of the year" lists in publications ranging from the Voice Literary Supplement to the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in San Francisco.

Eileen Myles, named by BUST magazine "the rock star of modern poetry," is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree, and Not Me (Semiotext(e), 1991), and is the coeditor of The New Fuck You (Semiotext(e), 1995). Myles was head of the writing program at University of California, San Diego, from 2002 to 2007, and she has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. Most recently, she received a fellowship from the Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Foundation.

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Customer Reviews

The life seems almost desparate, though Michelle seems to be able to plough through the life.
David Wellenbrock
I don't know what kind of person Michelle Tea is, but I think she wants us to think that she's not the smartest girl with the decisions she makes in life.
A. Stark
I especially liked the tone of the book and her unpolitical and honest observations about sexual situations.
futuret@teleport.com

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on May 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This supposedly radical tale of adolescence, shallow political conviction, lesbianism and prostitution was a letdown. Tea's prose reminds me of those girls who will natter incessantly to anyone who will listen about their self-inflicted degradation with all the gory details but not a point to be found. Lacking introspection and only rarely showing flashes of wit, this one's a simplistic catalog of truly sad events. It is not helped by its affected prose style, featuring teen-girly exclamations, run-ons, and erratic capitalization. This is beneath Tea, who doesn't seem willing to write at her obviously high intelligence level. She does a great disservice to this material, which could have been incisive literature rather than the forgettable trash it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By just some on October 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
although this wasn't a life changing, earth shattering book by any means i thought it was worth my time. it was fun and personable. a good first attempt and worth a read when you consider the effect she has had on young, queer liturature. don't expect perfect prose or classic liturature, but if you're looking to kill a few hours with a "querky" queer gal or want to read the debut by the author of valencia, than give this book a shot.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was mildly entertaining, especially since I could relate to many of the author's experiences. However, the book lost steam about halfway through. The writing is pretty shallow, and it seems like the author got lazy towards the end. Maybe her next book will be better.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By emily schneider on November 1, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
michelle tea's first work of prose, "passionate mistakes" won me over to her instantly. i read this book in one sitting (it's a little short, but potent) and i feel changed mentally by it.

when i read this book, i felt cool... like i was hanging out with michelle and her friends, doing crazy stuff, living the young punk-dyke life. and that was fun. i would recommend this book followed by "valencia".
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By futuret@teleport.com on December 24, 1998
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Michelle Tea's debut spins a mesmerizing spider web of her life's little adventures. Part Mary Gaitskill (who has a cover blurb), part Cookie Meuller, and part Blake Nelson, her style wins you over quickly but has its own dark intentions. I especially liked the tone of the book and her unpolitical and honest observations about sexual situations.
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By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
As you can see with the other reviews, it is a book that does not let people untouched or indifferent.
I am not sure if my review comes too late (last review before mine was quite some time ago), but here it is anyway: I really liked the book. Obviously not everyone enjoys the style, but if you do it is a great read ... I recommend that you take a chance.
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By A Customer on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Gathering from the pile of reviews, you either love or hate this one, don't you? Not me... I had mixed feelings. It is definitely a good read, hard to put down at times... which for any book makes it worth buying. Part of what I liked about the writing was that it was accessible: I felt close to the author, as though she were writing about things that could have happened to me (even though they really couldn't have). On the other hand, it sometimes feels like the author wasn't performing a lot of analysis with the material. In this style, one thing happens, and then another, and then another... Hard to care, though, because like I said it is a fun read!
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Stark on January 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book seemed like it would be great from the other reviews I've read of it, and the girl at the store who told me it was super! Anyhow... Eventually while reading this book, I had to get out a pen to mark commas into the text. This coming from a not too anal-retentive laid back 25 year old covered in tattoos. I don't know what kind of person Michelle Tea is, but I think she wants us to think that she's not the smartest girl with the decisions she makes in life. And I'm not even talking about her becoming a prostitute....which happened to be the only interesting part of this book. Anyway, if you want an imaginative or well written lesbian book, don't read this one. Try "tipping the velvet" or "fingersmith" by sarah waters.....they are absolutely incredible.
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