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 availableRating
- Transiently entertaining but ultimately a piece of throwaday pulp fiction that will not survive the long haul.