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  • Series: Little House on the Bowery
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933354151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933354156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dennis Cooper is the author of 'The George Miles Cycle,' an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer (1989), Frisk (1991), Try (1994), Guide (1997), and Period (2000). The cycle has been translated into fourteen languages. His most recent novel is My Loose Thread (Canongate, 2002). He lives in Los Angeles.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on February 26, 2007
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All of the writers have contributed to the blog of famed US experimentalist Dennis Cooper, most of them probably thrilled out of their minds to be thisclose--coinage by Walter Winchell--to their hero, and mine. When I met Cooper for the first time he hadn't even written a novel yet, or barely, and yet I felt like Kenneth Anger approaching Aleister Crowley in the back room of Thelema Abbey, heart completely in my throat despite the reassurances of many friends that he is, in fact, not personally scary at all but just the opposite, warm, nurturing, plain spoken, nearly a polymath, and on top of everything else, wickedly handsome and could have been a movie star. Well, after that I lost my heart completely I'm afraid, so let me just say that I am with these nervous bloggers in spirit, for I know what it's like to come up to the table of the gods and have them lay hands on me. Like that scene in FELLOWSHIP IF THE RING when Frodo gets all those gifts from Cate Blanchett and her light confounds him, and her divine practicality.

That said, it's a mixed bag but that's what's so intriguing about it. The tones are varied more than in DISCONTENTS, a previous fiction anthology edited by Cooper back in the day. Well, those days were all about AIDS and "Against Nature," etc., and here the social landscape against which this writing is conducted is very different, attenuated, sad, post-apocalyptic and lukewarm as opposed to the fiery inferno of DISCONTENTS. Cooper says in his preface that this if fiction "alive with passion" but I don't think so, not so you'd notice. It is however, fresh and exciting and all involved deserve a big round of applause. I see some of the writers as just being so excited about meeting Dennis Cooper that they were agonizing about "What should I write?
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kris Kleeberg on February 6, 2007
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This book unfortunately does not come up to the usual standards of the works of Dennis Cooper and is neither salacious nor interesting. Its variance from story to story (it is a collection of short stories basically from first-time writers) is too wide from my view. I realize that Mr. Cooper is only the editor, but he chose these titles and one wonders how good some of the rejected stories were in comparison. The book was a disappointment and I am sorry that I purchased it.
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