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I Wish There Was Something That I Could Quit Paperback – March 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867196505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867196504
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aaron Cometbus has earned legendary status in the literary underground for the longevity of his selfpublished fanzine (Cometbus, which turns 25 this year) and for his own tough, taut prose. He calls Berkeley his home but lives in a state of perpetual exile.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Connoisseur Rat on March 14, 2007
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Ladies and Gentlemen, may I now present to you: the best American writer of my generation, Mr. Aaron Cometbus (please hold your applause 'til the end). Yes, it's true. You can have your Eggerses, your Frank Portmans (heh), but I'll take me some Cometbus any day.

For those of you not in the know, Aaron has penned (quite literally handwritten) his own books and zines for the better part of two decades now, and to say these manuals of stories, musings and manifestos have merely influenced a whole generation of the DIY underground would be a cruel understatement indeed.

Fueled by the dual powers of ink and Xerox, Aaron has painstakingly chronicled his (mis)adventures, and it is not merely the substance of his tales that makes them so good - it is the teller himself. With an economy of prose that can be incredibly comic and heartbreaking (often at the same time) and turns of phrase that'll give you whiplash, I put Aaron right up there with Bukowski, Vonnegut, Fitzgerald, etc in the pantheon of American writers.

Don't believe me? Well, the Philadelphia Independent calls him "America's most famous unknown writer." And The Rocket says, "Aaron Cometbus is this generation's literary voice...simple, precise, and absolutely compelling." Don't believe them? Well check out this sample from his latest offering:

"That's when I saw it. An interloper, hiding in the greens. A hair, and not one of mine. I picked it out and held it up to the window. Long-stemmed and red like a rose - I'd seen its kind before. They still turned up on my blankets and clothes. Like tiny bombs. Time bombs. The last little pieces. I put it on my tongue, but the oil and vinegar had eradicated any taste of her that might have lingered. Still, I swallowed it like a pill. My medicine.
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By Dave Anderson on January 12, 2014
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I wish there was something that i could quit is aarons first color cover and somewhat plot driven novel. He usually has black and white covers and its mostly writing about his time hanging out with friends or writing about people or bands. As with most people who read Cometbus, they love him. Same vibe with me. His writing is insanely personal with zero goals of making money or fame. He just documents where he is and with who he is with. Now with I wish there was something that I could quit, he does the same thing, but this time we don't really know if its all fact or some fiction. I believe it was a mixture of both. In any case, it was a good read, far from his best, but it still retains his signature writing about his current environment in a honest fashion.
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