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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Revolution Will Not Be Accessorized

Book #32 of my 2006 reading list was The Revolution Will Not Be Accessorized, a compilation of pieces previously published in NY Style mag BlackBook.

The Revolution... comes jam packed with an outstanding line-up of authors including superstars like Joan Didion, Naomi Klein, William T. Vollman, Irvine Welsh, and Augusten Burroughs as well as Rain King favorites such as Ryan Boudinot, Neal Pollack, Douglas Coupland and Chuck Palahniuk. As with all compilations The Revolution... is pretty hit and miss, though on the whole I found it to be disappointing given the quality of the writers. The mix of fiction and non-fiction, topical pieces and interviews, works well when you're flipping through a magazine but doesn't translate as well to a book you're reading from front to back.

Some of my favorite works from the book included Meghan Daum's "L.A. Bourgeois", Bruno Maddox's "The Angriest Book Club In America", Jonathan Ames' "Sneakers Make The Boy", Mike Albo's "The Big Sell" and Victor Bockris' "Ghostwalk".

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