After more than twenty years, Harmony Korine b. He both intelligently observes modern social milieus and simultaneously thumbs his nose at them. Now approaching middle age, and more influential than ever, Korine remains intentionally sensationalistic and ceaselessly creative. He parlayed the success of Kids into directing the dreamy portrait of neglect, Gummo, two years later. With his audacious digital video drama Julien Donkey-Boy, Korine continued to demonstrate a penchant for fusing experimental, subversive interests with lyrical narrative techniques.
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Shelves: humor , black-comedy , dark-and-disturbing , absurd , experimental , weird , writing-with-style Throw almost every traditional aspect of literary fiction out the window.
The results will barely prepare you for this mess of a book, written by none other than divisive arthouse filmmaker Harmony Korine. I am definitely something of a fan of the mans work; as a matter of fact, his directorial debut Gummo remains one of my favourite movies of all time.
This book is somewhat similar to Korines more avant-garde films, but I think its fair to say that it takes his unconventionality and unhinged Throw almost every traditional aspect of literary fiction out the window. As expected from the eccentric Korine, A Crack-Up at the Race Riots is an absurd and experimental trip that feasts gleefully upon the utterly bizarre. It is not even remotely close to being a novel, and nor is it a short story collection or a collection of poetry.
Instead, it is comprised of lists, dialogues, letters, flash fiction, and plenty more. Everything is at once extremely deadpan and wackily zany. Throughout, Korine is having a ball telling jokes and making up some of the most unexpected and ridiculous little scenarios and condensing them into phrases. Sometimes this content is intermingled with the humour, other times the book just features an entry that is straight up dark and has you waiting for a punchline that never comes.
In the middle of the book, there is a series of fictitious suicide notes and they brilliantly showcase both the black comedy of the book as well as its generally disturbing and seemingly disturbed nature. From page to page, the book is filled with seemingly boundless surprises. Aug 19, Laryssa gervan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: those interested in the deep dark seamy underbelly of the human soul.
A Crackup At The Race Riots
A CRACK-UP AT THE RACE RIOTS