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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Di Prima #002

I finished reading "Memoirs of a Beatnik" last night. The book really was a disappointment. The New York Times offered the following line: "A rare opportunity to view the Beat Generation... through a woman's eyes." Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg make a brief appearance, which is written in such questionable way it is hard to believe it really happened. The scene? A sex scene, of course! Allen Ginsberg has sex with two other men while Di Prima and Jack do it on the floor. This book never lets up... it's one sex scene after another. My disappointment stems from the basic fact that the book could have been about much more. The author's obssession with depicting her sexual encounters--as if it was really that cool to do so--borders on the manic. She mentions her writing but never develops it further than a couple of sentences so the reader never really understands what her writing is about or what her creative process is like. I don't fancy myself a book reviewer or a critic but this is one book I wouldn't recommend to take to a deserted island.

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At 9:31 PM, Blogger mist1 said...

Please describe the sex scene on the deserted island.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger robyn. said...

i don't know if any of these are desert island worthy but it's a smattering of books i would most certainly recommend. i'm sorry if you've already blogged about them, i only looked so far into your archive...

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. it basically explains why it was the eruopeans that invaded south america, africa, etc and why south americans weren't the ones invading europe.

Kiss, Kiss by Roald Dahl. adult short stories that will warp your mind.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. a very accessable and easy read considering the subject.

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. a beautiful love story that may break your heart.

An Underground Education : The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew About Art, Sex by Richard Zacks. a very entertaining history lesson, all things teachers never told you.

you might also want to look into LibraryThing. i can't get my widget, code, HTML, thing to work in beta blogger but it worked in my pre-beta blog so maybe you'll have some luck. anyways, it creates a badge on your blog with all the books you've inputted so people can see what you're reading.


i'm msrobyn on it.


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