in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Right up my alley this kind of thing, a fictional memoir of obscure music-hall star Arthur Dandoe, a member of Fred Karno's army, and contemporary of Chaplin (his nemesis in this story) and Stan Laurel. Only a few chapters in, but it holds plenty of promise for me.
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On the basis of a positive review, I bought this some years ago and promptly lost it in the new-baby vortex. It's now re-appeared, so I've been dipping into it. He's a smart guy, but it's mostly pretty gossipy stuff. The footnotes rankle, though, identifying either things you don't need to know (e.g. some hairdresser or other) or something everybody already knows (a footnote to explain what a bloody mary is?).
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I’m not well acquainted with American/Southern Gothic and read this on the recommendation of a friend. It’s like Badlands mixed up with Flannery O’Connor on stump liquor etc. We are not in polite company in this book and it’s difficult/horrifyingly easy to read in places with some of the things that go on. I loved the bit where Arvin visits the restaurant where his parents met. And as for how it ends, justice is done but in mysterious ways… fucking hell. At first I read ten pages, then 20, and so on until I finished it today in a 100-page stint - it's that kind of book.
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echolalia wrote:I'm glad youse (sorry Markus) like DRP
No need to be sorry, it's a handy word.
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Harvey K-Tel wrote:Better late than never...
I've been dipping in and out of that for a while.
I can't help but feel that my (Penguin Modern Classics) edition would be improved a bit by having some of the photos he talks about actually printed in the book for reference, as it's a bit awkward having to keep googling them on my phone. Otherwise it's a good read - and the title is a bit misleading, as it's not so much a "guide to understanding photography" as simply a collection of Berger's writings on various photographers and themes.
Have you read Geoff Dyer's The Ongoing Moment? That's some great photography writing.
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