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Paradoxia: A Predator's Diary Paperback – October 1, 2007
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I've heard this book described as fiction, then as non-fiction, then as a fictionalized autobiography. I don't think it matters, really, because it's all true somewhere, in some way, to somebody. Tales of people abusing other people, abusing themselves, struggling to crawl out of the gutter only to stumble right back in. Messed-up heads, bruised hearts, ravished souls, all going around in circles reliving the same nightmare over and over again. Some survive, some don't, some break free while others pray for salvation. And there's Lydia declaring that if you want saving then you gotta do it yourself. Wake-up and smell the stench, folks.
Some accuse her of possessing no compassion, no humanity, no sense of beauty. But I think it's there, just painted in various shades of gray instead of the black or white to which many are accustomed. It's there, just raw and aching and unadorned. Sometimes you just have to be cruel to be kind.
Lydia Lunch brings us along her twisted sexual landscape in Paradoxia where everything is allowed to the point where it almost kills her and others die or episodes of extreme ecstasy and pleasure transpire. What she achieves through the series of violence, sex, and psychosis is what we all should be trying to do instead of working some job.
She illustrates the consequences of living an autonomous life, thereby refusing the status quo and security of the "straight life" in exchange for living life to its extreme boundaries of death, pain, and suffering. And where has it all gotten her? Well, I believe she's what you call an artist.
Paradoxia is also partially a documentation (and I assume everything she is saying is basically true) of New York in the late 70's and L.A. into the early 80's when artists still had a chance to be just that instead of working 40+ hours/wk just to pay rent. She was living an adventure not a routine, and paying for it every step of the way. In return she received her personal freedom, which simply meant continuous struggle with either other people or her own mind. Life ain't easy.
Paradoxia stands as a constant reminder to continually recreate your life, to live it as an adventure, in order to retain control of it from your psychotic lover, your totalitarian government, or your own personal demons.
Being a fan of transgressive fiction and women who break the rules, I was intrigued by the item description. Once I started the book, it was difficult to put it down. Lunch writes with a fantastically brutal purple prose. Her love for language comes across and I found myself reading this book during every spare minute I could gather.
Even the disgusting parts (and believe me, there is some disgusting stuff in here) were compelling. Scratch that -- the disgusting parts were especially compelling.
But as the book continued (around the time she fled her crazy boyfriend and went to Los Angeles), I felt the energy of the book winding down. The crazy hedonism of her early years read a lot better than the soul-searching and mystical ramblings she transitioned to.
So am I glad I read it? Absolutely. I would recommend it to fans of Lunch or people who like to read on-the-edge fiction (or fictionalized memoir, or whatever this is). It's just an uneven reading experience and a little self-congratulatory at the end (like when the guy dies because she's so hot he can't stop looking at her and steps in front of a bus -- is that really necesssary?).
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I love this book, and the No Wave ethos of the time. What I respect most about Lydia Lunch is that she faces the facts and truths of everything without flinching. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Courington
Lydia Lunch lived her life on the wild side. From a broken and dysfunctional home to hustling on the mean streets of New York she did it all. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lewis Woolston
My first introduction to Lydia Lunch and I haven't looked back since....Published 23 months ago by victoriao1205
I am sure when this first came out it was pretty stunning but now it just reads like a paler version of every other drug tale ever. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by A. Moreno
I came across this book in a used bookstore and thought I'd give it a shot cause I was familiar with some of LL's music (which I thought was interesting) and knew she was a bit of... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Viva_Viv
Vulgar, twisted, terrifying, honest, amazing. A very bleak introspective look into the soul of a mad genius. A must read.Published on September 1, 2013 by Sarah D. Rodriguez
I've loved me some Lydia for 30+ years. She, and this book, kicks ass! Pair it with some Richard Hell and you'll be right back in the thick of it again.Published on July 4, 2013 by Margaret Foote
First time reading this authors books, it was an interesting book each chapter kept me wanting to read more. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by malinda
Made me wish I was born 10 yrs earlier and lived in NYC! I felt dirty after reading it! (But in a good way!)Published on March 25, 2013 by Bill Sponsel