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Rollerderby: (The Book) (Popcult Series ; No. 1) Paperback – April, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Popcult Series ; No. 1
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; First Edition edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915385
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Crystal Carver, idol to millions of post-teen fans, has seen fit to collect the best of the first 16 issues of her zine. As self-appointed leader of Generation L, she teaches us that "you don't have to be beautiful to be naked;" asks Liz Phair if she had to give the president of her record company a blowjob in order to get a contract; records a fight that Courtney Love had with Kurt Cobain while she was talking on the phone to Lisa; and presents a world of sex, blood, and the joy of horseback riding. The best thing about having several years worth of Rollerderby in one volume is that you get to watch Lisa's progression from slutty, fag-hag, performance artist to refined, suburban mother.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally Marker on January 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
this is undoubtedly one of THE BEST BOOKS OF ANY TIME. that's not a casual compliment. everything you need is in there. take it seriously and come back to it again and again. maybe best read over breakfast every morning. or dinner. or over biscuits in the evening. or over a cigarette. or in the bath. or in the bed.
it's a holy book. everything you need to know is in all the trashy trash in it; trust it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Books make me want to write. Good books make me want to write well, and funny books make me want to write with wit. Good and funny books are especially enchanting and threaten to change my whole life, because writing well is difficult enough without humor, so now I have to do both things. Such books make me miserable because I can't even do one of them. When I first read Woody Allen I wanted to master the non-sequitur and lead the reader through a maze of the underexpected. Then, when I read Heller I wanted to write run-on sentences. Nicholson Baker made me want to ponder wonderously about the mundane, and endlessly catalogue the minutae of my unspecial surroundings. DeBernierre made me want to write trilogies of hilarious and mythical characters who all sleep with eachother. Russo made me want to write sympathetically about small town life and middle-aged people. And others made me want to write yet other things. Of course, wanting to write and successfully pulling it all off are two completely different things, and I make no claims of having accomplished the latter. My correspondence has improved, though, and that's something! But now I have found a new influence, and she is Lisa Carver. In fact, one might say that I am under her influence - luckily there aren't Check-Stops for these types of things. I want to write just like Lisa about all the strange and funny things that I and my friends encounter in day to day life except that my life and my friends are not like hers (and yours aren't, either!) so I can never write like her. I can never be like her. I have reached that bottomless feeling that people get when they meet someone who is better at everything than they are. Might as well just give it up and watch them do it instead. Because of Lisa I don't write to my friends as much because she has made me miserably unable to write like her. I require her friends and her life. I am hooked! Help!
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By Hilary M. on February 28, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I hadn't seen this since the zines were in their original form in the 90s. Still quite amusing. Very funny nostalgia.
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By A Customer on June 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
this book is amazing. the zine was amazing. and now you can replace all your other peices of coffee table reading, cuz this is THE one! you loooove pop culture,judith krantz novels.. white trash.... what more can i say. it'll knock you out, first round.
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