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review 2017-07-27 15:39
„Don’t ask me to explain, I am no philosopher.“
The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo - Oscar Zeta Acosta,Manuel Acosta Sero,Hunter S. Thompson

What do you expect from the autobiography of a man who called himself the Brown Buffalo? A man who ate the hottest hot sauce in the world for breakfast and chose A Whiter Shade of Pale as the theme song of his life? Regardless of what you might expect, you will be surprised, but not disappointed.

 

This is the most unapologetic account of one’s life I can imagine. Acosta is not afraid of giving honest descriptions of his childhood, his acid trips, his genitals, his fears, feelings, actions or anything else – because he didn’t give a shit about how other people perceived him. Neither his ulcers nor any amount of blood in his puke could stop him. As the true artist he believed himself to be, he took everything he could get his hands on and transformed it into art – even the contents of his stomach.

 

In his autobiography he takes you on a wild journey to the centre of his mind – quite literally beyond the seas of thought, beyond the realm of what, across the streams of hopes and dreams where things are really not. And for an attorney, Acosta really knew how to tell a story!

 

One can only imagine what this incredible Buffalo must have been like in real life, but if I were to picture him on his quest in discovering his own identity, I see a fierce, but peaceloving beast, stomping along his path with the Amboy Dukes singing in the background.

 

But please realise
You’ll probably be surprised
For it’s the land unknown to man
Where fantasy is fact
So if can, please understand
You might not come back.

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text 2017-07-27 11:28
Reading progress update: I've read 168 out of 204 pages.
The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo - Oscar Zeta Acosta,Manuel Acosta Sero,Hunter S. Thompson

You probably have to be on acid to write such dialogues, but you definitely can appreciate them nevertheless.

 

“Oh, fuck! We’d better take him out to King’s. Mike told me Gerri turned him on to peyote for the first time two days ago.”
“Is Gerri back in town?” I asked.
“So you do know Gerri, you rotten prick!”
“I used to know a Gerri. She worked in a Mexican restaurant.”
“No, he’s talking about Michael’s Gerri, from Ketchum,” Bobbi said.
My Gerri belongs to no one. She’s part Samoan.”

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review 2017-07-24 14:48
Nevertheless written and performed by Alec Baldwin
Nevertheless: A Memoir - Alec Baldwin

Nevertheless: A Memoir was exactly what I expected it to be: Alec's life story.  I have always loved his voice and I was thrilled to discover that he performed the audio himself.

 

His childhood growing up on Massapequa, Long Island was interesting. I enjoyed hearing  how his love of books and movies came about and what life was like with 5 siblings. It was also interesting to hear about how his career got started, how his love for politics developed  and what it was like working with various Hollywood actors, directors and agents.

 

He definitely has some choice words for many in the legal field, especially those involved with divorce cases. He explains, or attempts to, the horrible voice mail he left for his daughter and he also talks a bit about his actions towards the paparazzi.

 

Overall, I enjoyed listening to this and learning more about Mr. Baldwin.

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text 2017-07-13 11:53
And now to something completely different
The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo - Oscar Zeta Acosta,Manuel Acosta Sero,Hunter S. Thompson

From Melvilles letters to Acostas autobiography. Shock therapy, baby!

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review 2017-07-12 21:15
Ru - Kim Thuy
Ru - Kim Thúy

En tant que Canadiens, on a souvent tendance à négliger l'histoire déchirante des gens venus de loin pour s'installer en nos terres. Ils arrivent de loin pour un refuge, pour une nouvelle carrière ou pour trouver l'amour et l'intégration de ces âmes passe d'abord par l'écoute de leur histoire. Chacun dont la culture est sédentaire depuis bien des générations se devrait, afin de comprendre l’essence de l'enjeu planétaire le plus important de notre ère, commencer par l'histoire intime et profonde d'un individu dont l'adaptation en terre étrangère sera son plus grand défi. Thuy est la voix idéale pour nous plonger au plus profond des pensées immigrantes où la plupart du temps, le langage est inutile à la communication. Un parfait mélange entre culture, obstacles et amour. Amour qui, malgré tout, n'a pas besoin d'être dit pour être raconté.

 

3 ☆ ½

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