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video 2015-02-13 18:43

'tis another music post!  


Today is the 54th birthday of another one of my favorite musicians, spoken word artists, author, etc.. Henry Rollins. Oddly enough (or not) he's been compared to Jim Morrison on more than one occasion, so maybe I do have a type.  Anyway.  I didn't want to include a Black Flag video, even though I love them, but I wanted to pick one of his solo efforts.  So, Liar it is.  I can't say why I love this song as much as I do, but there is just something about it.  Maybe it just speaks to my inner sociopath.  And it has Henry wearing horrible hipster glasses before they were actually horrible hipster glasses.  I still hate them, even on him, but at least he carries enough of a fuck you persona around that he can pull them off. 

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text 2014-12-15 01:36
My Top Books of 2014
Mud Vein - Tarryn Fisher
God-Shaped Hole - Tiffanie DeBartolo
The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag - Henry Rollins
What's Left of Me - Amanda Maxlyn
Dust to Dust (Experiment in Terror #9) - Karina Halle
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Jennifer Graham,Rob Thomas

As I was going through my read book list, I realized that this year kind of sucked for reading for me.  The few that I loved, I really really loved though, so I guess that is something.  I did kind of cheat because I added Geek Love even though I'm not quite done.  When you know, you know though.  Anyway.  


Mud Vein was probably my overall top book this year.  It was such a beautiful, yet heartbreaking book, Tarryn Fisher can write.  


God-Shaped Hole...well I still can't talk about that one without wanting to cry.  


Ditto The Bronze Horseman. I wish I liked the rest of the trilogy as much as I liked this one.



The Handmaid's Tale was nothing short of amazing.  I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks.  


Get in the Van made me alternately hate, love and pity Henry Rollins.  


What's Left of Me was an awesomely realistic (finally) look at the start of a relationship while coping with cancer and it's ramifications on everyone.  


I'm stretching a bit including Dust to Dust in this, because I don't think it entirely compares to the rest of the books on this list for me, but I LOVED the entire EIT series as a whole so I'm using this to represent that.  


The Haunting of Hill House was probably the best horror novel I have ever read. It was so freaking creepy solely based on writing that wasn't your typical "horror" type style, I loved that.  


Veronica Mars...once a Marshmallow, always a Marshmallow.  LoVe forever!


Lastly, Geek Love, like I said I'm kind of cheating but the writing is amazing and the story line is so complex in it's build up that I couldn't not include it knowing that I'll get it finished in the next couple of days.  If something happens and ruins everything, I reserve the right to change my mind though.  *Edited to add that I was absolutely right about this book.  It actually is taking my top spot for favorite read of 2014 now.  



I can't say that I'm overly disappointed with my reading year, but I also can't say that I'm thrilled with it.  I obviously need to expand my genres out more than I have in the last couple of years since most of the reads that I've had complaints over are among the same genre.  I got stuck in a bit of a rut reading the same type books over and over, which isn't surprising in the slightest.  I've always been the type to find something I love and then indulge so much that I OD on it.  I plan on working to curb that in 2015..  



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review 2014-10-02 02:09
Get Out of that Van.
Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag - Henry Rollins

I think this has been one of the hardest books that I have read in a long time.  It isn't the writing that makes it hard, however, I will say that it is all taken from Henry's journal entries so the flow is rough.  No, the reason why it is such a hard read is that Henry's depression, self loathing and general hatred to the world is SO palpable that you can feel it wafting off the pages.  He literally gave everything he had to his music and performances that there was nothing left for himself or anything around him. You also have to keep in mind that this was the punk scene throughout the 80s.  Black Flag is on the cover of magazines, Henry is considered a rockstar, and yet he lives in a shed when he is in LA. Their shows are a mass of hatred and abuse (literally--they are attacked, urine thrown at them, etc) hurtled at them, they go hungry, they sleep in their bus or squat with fans.  It's insane and insanely hard to read how shitty the conditions were for a band that you absolutely love. It's even harder to read that even despite that, being in the van and on the  road and miserable is the only time that Henry ever really feels whole.  


Too add insult to injury, it's also hard to read the inner thoughts of a musician that you love who is so addled with loathing, depression, and violence.  They aren't pretty thoughts..killing the pigs, killing the fans, killing the pigs' families, mutilation of himself and others.  And as you go further in the years, it only gets worse.  Henry could have made an outstanding horror novelist.  Or serial killer.   Whichever.  


Overall, this is an incredibly painful and real portrait of Henry's life at the time.  His thoughts are blunt and pretty flipping horrid at times.  There is no sugar coating of anything.  More like rusted barbwire coated.  Don't read this expecting to see a feel good story of a man's rise to fame.  It's not there.  You are actually really grateful that he got out of that van by the end of it.  It was an interesting ride while you were there though.  

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text 2014-10-01 22:58
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 247 pages.
Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag - Henry Rollins

I'm slowly trudging along.  Very slowly.  

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text 2014-09-21 18:50
Reading progress update: I've read 154 out of 247 pages.
Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag - Henry Rollins

"Wiping guts off my hands. Reminds me of Lincoln, Nebraska.  I checked out a place where a woman had shot herself in the head a day earlier.  I had my hands covered with brain tissue, slime, dirt and dead grass.  I wiped my hands off on Ratman's van and my t-shirt. I remember pulling the brains to my nose to see what they smelled like. It didn't smell like much. I thought about tasting it. I did not. I should have. I still have some of that lady's brains wrapped up in tinfoil. I should break some off and eat it. That will probably be my only chance to eat some human flesh. What a trip. 


Eat some of the brains from a lady that blew her skull apart. What would that make me? What would you think?"


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