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Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper Hardcover – March 1, 2006

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"Leora Lev has compiled a long overdue collection of essays... Enter at Your Own Risk is a knockout book." -- Scott Heim --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Leora Lev is associate professor at Bridgewater State College.
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  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611473233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611473230
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,137,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James E. Jerdon on December 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While the previous reviewer is absolutely on target when he recommends that readers explore Cooper's work and draw their own conclusions about it, the remainder of his critique is unfounded and reflects the degree to which he fails completely to understand the project represented by this thorough and provocative collection of essays.

In the first place, the scope of this assemblage supersedes anything else out there with a previously unpublished essay by William S. Burroughs,an interview with the great film maker, John Waters and an astonishing array of critical essays that provide challenging assessments and previously unexplored insights into Cooper's work and its importance in a range of fields from the plastic arts, to literature, to comic books, to film and beyond.

Lev's editing, which helps to give a solid sense of shape and order to the varied contents of the volume, is only surpassed by the cogent and articulate evaluation of Cooper's work contained in her highly enjoyable essay "Sacred Disorder of the Mind: Sublimity, Desire Police, and Dennis Cooper's Hallucination of Words." The, at times terrifying, exploration of sex, sexuality, gender and popular culture undertaken by Lev is compelling and engaging if not also a little unsettling, just like Cooper himself. To be sure, if you haven't read Cooper before reading her essay, you will surely be left wanting to read him after finishing Lev's work.

The contributions of other authors, among them James Annesley, Dodie Bellamy, Earl Jackson, Jr. and Michael Cunningham, to name but a few, are as interesting as they are relevant to any of us who consider literature, even from the very edge of the literary world,both life-giving and essentially formative to our culture at large.
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Leora Lev has brilliantly compiled, as well as contributed to, an amazing array of well-written, thoughtful, and razor-sharp essays on Dennis Cooper's work. This book is thorough in its coverage of Cooper, and elucidates clearly his thematic construction and comments on contemporary society. Although Cooper's writings can be disturbing at times, his messages are timely and important, and this book is invaluable in revealing them. A must-read for Dennis Cooper fans, or anyone interested in a look at the underside of our society's shiny facade.
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This monograph epitomizes the worst excesses of critical theory. The language is obscure and impenetrable. I think Dennis Cooper is a fine novelist who deserves critical attention, but critical works of this nature only obfuscate the meaning of the texts they purport to interpret.
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save your money! totally not worth the $50.00. you're better off just reading Coopers books and and having you own insights. Cooper is a genius writer one of the best contemporary writers out there today. but no need to have others tell you that.buy 5 of his books and not this one.
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