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  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Semiotext(e) (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936756616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936756615
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall VINE VOICE on April 15, 2003
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I really identified with Cookie Mueller, the author of "Walking Through Clear Water." We were born a few months apart, lived our lives travelling back and forth between coasts, probably attended events together in 60s era San Francisco, East Village, NY, etc. One thing for sure, after reading this book, I wish I had known her and feel like I did. She comes across as so alive and vibrant on the printed page, that when I learned in the "about the author" page at the end of the book that she had died of AIDS in 1989, I felt as though I had personally lost a friend.
Do not let that depressing bit of information in any way dissuade you from reading her story, or to get the impression that this book is at all morbid or maudlin. This is one of the funniest accounts of life on the fringes of American culture I've read in many a moon. She has such an enagingly humorous conversational style, that even when she is describing truly horrifying scenes such as an attempted rape in the backwoods of Maryland, the effect owes more to Rabelais, than to Peckinpah.
Mueller reminds me a lot of a female version of Ken Kesey. Her prose moves along with the same sort of wild energy and the incidents she describes never get bogged down in needless detail. She has great writers' instincts. She sees life in the same tragi-comic vein as does Kesey, as well. Perhaps they both had run-ins with the same Cosmic Joker, at one time or other. Whatever the personal histories, they were certainly kindred souls, who had a look at the full spectrum of humanity and were able to get their impressions down on paper in thoroughly memorable ways.
This is as easy and enjoyable a read as you are likely to come across. I'm by no means a fast reader, but was able to breeze through it in just a few hours. I can unreservedly say that I couldn't put it down, and I find that rare these days. Spend a few hours with Cookie Mueller. She'll probably make friends with you, too.
BEK
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "galexy3" on May 25, 2000
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Cookie Mueller was a goddess inflamed. Her stories are hysterical, beautiful, outrageous, and heartwrenching. It's true what they say above; we're lucky she took notes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn S. Hawley on August 1, 2003
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I found out about this book & jumped at the chance to read it. Cookie tells some of her experiences being an underground Film star & Adventuress. I always loved Cookie in John Water's films, but I never got that chance to read her work, But Now I am a big Fan. She never whitewashes her experiences with Drugs, Sex, hippies, farming, whatever. I hope her other collections are reprinted and well distributed very soon. Meet back up with an old friend, you might not have really known, through this great collective memoir.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Green on August 16, 2007
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Cookie's book is one of those 20 or so of the many books I have ever read that I really treasure and recommend to my friends unreservedly. By the end of the book you have something of an insight into this fascinating and wonderful person. I just hope it gives each new reader as much pleasure as it did me when I first read it!
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Some of you may not be familiar with Cookie Mueller, a member of the "early Dreamland" John Waters film family. I personally remember these films as the "real and raw Waters flicks". This book is a glimpse into the life of a real & true life free spirit, not a phoney or commercially fabricated Hollywood "free spirit". This woman had a passion to live a life unprotected and apologizes to no one for it. For those of you unfamiliar with Cookie, picture and think of Courtney Love and her life of zany antics. You must understand that Courtney Love can be considered an Evangelical conservative Warner Bros. cartoon character compared to Ms. Mueller (no offense intended to C. Love). I make this comparison because Ms. Love lived most of her life in the style & shadow of Nancy Spungen, the girl who lived and died in a wild and treacherous way with Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. Ms. Spungen, as unpredictable and precarious she was, lived her short life in the style & shadow of Cookie Mueller, one of the original "wild girlz" of our time. Read this book, and you're not only mentally pulled, but physically dragged into her mind, her experiences, and her world, a world that no longer exists. The stories are as hilarious as they are shockingly candid and tragic. The book is a collection of wild tales of a free, and truly wild life of freedom and anarchy. You will not soon forget this book. It's a short and eye opening read, one everyone should read. At least twice. Please take the time to treat yourself to a voyage into the mind of a true diamond who never dared to venture out of the rough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gregory siebel on January 14, 2015
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Cookie Mueller is inspiring to say the least. Her writing is amazing.
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Just finished this book and was surprised, shocked, impressed and enlightened. A friend of mine who is a John Water's fan, loaned me some DVDs to watch including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble. After reading his copy of the book "Shock Value", I was curious about the actress/writer known as Cookie Mueller. Glad I purchased this book. Mueller is candid about her experiences, and I find her style engaging and almost poetic at times. There are other books by her which I hope to obtain. Recommended.
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