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Good/Grief Paperback – August 8, 2000

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"Intimate and moving throughout, Josh Koppel's Good/Grief is a light-hearted recasting of Proust for the age of attention deficit disorder." -- --Steven Johnson, editor of Feed Magazine and author of Interface Culture

"Intimate and moving throughout, Josh Koppel's Good/Grief is a light-hearted recasting of Proust for the age of attention deficit disorder." -- Steven Johnson, editor of Feed Magazine and author of Interface Culture

"The Woody Allen of cyberspace." -- --Maya Lin, architect and artist

About the Author

Josh Koppel was the creator of Citizen Poke, the first online Web magazine for college students, and co-produced the Dating Game Online for Sony. He currently lives in New York City, where he makes television promos for Oxygen Media. He is a Capricorn.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (August 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060956283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060956288
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,585,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Those looking for the biggest bang for their book dollar won't find it here. But if you're looking for something unique, compact and collectible, Good/Grief may be just the ticket. It features more (grainy) B&W visual images than text and "feels" more like a series of short films than a book. That said, it still only takes around 20 minutes or so to read the whole thing. But if you'd like to step inside the mind of a frank and sensitive individual with a unique outlook on life, Josh Koppel's Good/Grief offers you that very opportunity.
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At first flip it reminds me of the movie 'Summer of '42'. This seems like a pretty amazing first work - if it is that - in that the author seems to have no fear exposing to the world what we all are afraid of exposing. And Koppel does it in a format that tends to disarm and lighten the material. Can't wait to see the movie.
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Touching and funny stories of innocence lost told in a truly unique graphical way. Josh tells stories straight from the heart, and his honesty, vulnerability and childlike curiousity shine through on every page.
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Although a picture book may seem like an unlikely place to confront death, masturbation, and the Oedipus complex, the funny and painful stories in Good/Grief do exactly that. And it makes sense: If you've got to take on uncomfortable subjects, why not do it in a comfortable format? Narrated in concise, pellucid prose, illustrated by Koppel's own beautiful black-and-white photographs, the six stories in this book are hauntingly personal, told with a rare and challenging honesty. I recommend it to one and all.
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By A Customer on June 21, 2004
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Though in its way riveting, revealing and rewarding, this chubby volume of stripped-to-the-bone coming-of-age vignettes could have been much better. The stories are so brief, the visuals so abundant, that ultimately the book becomes rather more "gimmicky" than "innovative" or "unique." It's still worth picking up, but one wonders how much fuller these tales might have been had the author trashed half the photos and doubled the text.
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