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This review is from: The Bop Apocalypse: The Religious Visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs (Hardcover)
Bless my soul jelly roll, this is not ordinary literary criticism about sources and influences but an epic drama, a hero's journey. A murderer, a schizophrenic, a male prostitute and an alcoholic read a proto-Nazi theory of everything and find personal redemption through pop culture.
But is this the final frame of reference? Every generation since has struggled to re-frame the meaning of the past day by day, and I suspect that's what this book (or its subject matter anyway) is "really" about. It's post-modern, rock-and-roll, cheese bait and cadillac fins. You be the poem.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2009, 10:41:11 PM PST
R.M. Haines says:
"Proto-Nazi"? Spengler rejected national socialism. This reviewer is too busy being cute.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2010, 10:15:03 PM PDT
Tor SR. Thidesen says:
Wooooh, hold your horses there, Gerber-baby. The reviewer was simply pointing out the aspects of Spengler's particular work, which could be seen as to hold some seedlings for what might, with the right nourishment, turn into a call for glory, pride and, importantly, the forcing of change.
"Busy being cute", now I'm the first person to shout out a phony when I see one, but here I think the shoe is on the other hand (that's me being cute, btw), I think it's more a case of someone being a tinsy bit bitter for not being able to master words as eloquently, and in such a blasé manner as to post them on a Amazon product page.
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