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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Time to put me first. To Hell with the rest of the world! 
18th-Dec-2005 08:57 pm
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Yep, that's my mood at the moment, and while some of it might be merely hormonal, I know at heart that it's more about that. 2005 is almost over, and what have I done this year to be proud of? Well, dere ain't much comin' to mind! I made a promise to myself several months ago that next year would not be more of the same (back-read my journal if you don't believe me), and I intend to keep that promise. Yours truly is gonna be making some changes. Get ready, and stay tuned. :P

Oddly enough, this decidedly mediocre piece of fiction eminently suits my mood:

Burroughs, Augusten. Sellevision. 2000. New York: Picador, 2003.
Summary: A novel about the lives about the public face of Sellevision. Max mistakenly exposes himself and, after many false starts, reinvents himself as a porn star. Leigh, involved in an affair with a boss who won't 'fess up to his wife, outs him on television. Peggy Jean has a stalker (who turns out to be her son), and becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol. Bebe finds a man to love. Trish is a rising star of overweaning ambitions...until she has a wardrobe malfunction.
Comments: Burroughs' first novel certainly draws heavily from his own experience in advertising and the media, as well as his experience with addiction and recovery. And there's definitely A LOT of the author in Max and Peggy Jean in particular. Perhaps I wasn't laughing aloud because I know from his various memoirs where the jokes came from, but I found the attempts at humor in the novel more intellectually ticklish than conventionally hilarious. The satirical sense of American pop culture is much appreciated also. Of course, some of the characters get taught the proverbial cosmic "lesson," but I was emphatically NOT pleased to see Peggy Jean's husband go off living happily ever after with jailbait. That wasn't funny or ironic; that was just cruel and gross. There's also a barely-concealed edge of pure nastiness to the writing that well-suited my mood at the moment but did not suit the novel itself. Incidentally, Trish's own exhibitionist stint at the end of the novel anticipates Janet Jackson's own wardrobe malfunction by several years--kudos to Burroughs for forecasting this particular type of scandal.
Notes: hardcover, exclusive BCE; trade paperback edition available
Rating: 5.5/10 - Transiently entertaining but ultimately a piece of throwaday pulp fiction that will not survive the long haul.
Comments 
19th-Dec-2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
Soooo... In 2006 you're going to reinvent yourself as a porn star? Well I fully endorse the idea, and let me know if there's anything I can do to help ^_~

*sighs*

All my accomplishments for 2005 were complete in the first few days of the year >_< After that, pretty much waiting for something to happen...... On the upside, I have one less year to sit around waiting for something to happen..
19th-Dec-2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
In 2006 you're going to reinvent yourself as a porn star?

Why do you assume, out of all the changes that the novel's characters make, that THIS is the one that appeals to me? ^^;;;;;; (I could never be a porn star anyway--not a nice enough body.)

On the upside, I have one less year to sit around waiting for something to happen..

I guess there's always that silver lining. :P One less year of having to deal with EVERYTHING! :P
19th-Dec-2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Why do you assume, out of all the changes that the novel's characters make, that THIS is the one that appeals to me?

Because it's the one that amuses me the most *^_^*

One less year of having to deal with EVERYTHING!

Always try to look at the bright side of mortality ^__^

19th-Dec-2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
I thought the only bright side about life was that it will end^^
19th-Dec-2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Well that's it, one less year of having to wait for it end ^_^;
19th-Dec-2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
You're not one of those "young and healthy" people who have already bought their own coffins in preparation for their imminent death are you? XD
19th-Dec-2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
*laughs*

Yes, but right now it's full of books ^_^

Eeee... That's just too creepy for me ^^;; Anyway, I don't want a coffin.. Hmm, either cremated directly, or maybe used for research and education and then cremated.. I haven't decided, though I've already signed away any usable parts ^^;
19th-Dec-2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, but right now it's full of books ^_^

As opposed to moi, who might still end up dead and buried beneath a collapsed mountain of 'em. ^_^;;
19th-Dec-2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
And your mother won't even notice you're gone ^_~
19th-Dec-2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
I kinda like the thought of revenge, myself. You know, ruining the life of someone who has ruined yours and then making lots of money off the story of it all...
19th-Dec-2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
*laughs*

Even better if you can drive them to suicide, because that will leave you as the undisputed expert on that person ^_^;
19th-Dec-2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
But that's tricky 'cause then I'm vulnerable to murder charges.

And, besides, if I really want revenge, I want them alive and suffering. For as long as possible. *bwa ha ha*
19th-Dec-2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
I want them alive and suffering. For as long as possible.

Yes, extend your pleasure as much as possible ^__^
19th-Dec-2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
That's right! I am a profoundly vengeful person at heart. Better steer clear of me if you know what's good for you. *cackles*
1st-Jan-2006 04:04 am (UTC)
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