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Eye Scream (Henry Rollins) Paperback – 1 Jun 1996

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: 2.13.61,U.S. (1 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880985322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880985328
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Poetry and prose combine to create a powerful and uncompromising piece of work. An elegy for modern America told the way only Henry can.

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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By on 17 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
Reading Eye Scream is like being in a dinghy on a stormy sea, you are left dazed and confused clinging to your rationality. Rollins prose hits you like a force 10 hurricane, his anecdotes and rhetoric are like the barbarians storming the gates, you either run for cover or you allow yourself to be battered in the storm of Rollins words. Rollins is truly the anti man.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hatred of men, Misogyny, and both mixed together 13 Mar. 1999
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Despair. Acceptance. Social complacency. and the Mekanik. If you are pissed off at the superficialality of humanity, you are inspired by Mr. Rollins or you will be. The most complete man of our century, besides Che Guevara, is at his best, describing unredeemable qualities of mankind(if you want to call them that) and chastizing us all for being the fake pieces of ...that we are. This book made me look at life in a real perspective, and in turn, made me want to live life by the simplest terms. To live in reality while everyone else floats by on the heated surface of their parent's lies. I now will not live these lies. I will now live in a whole new set of lies, but at least I made them all up myself. Thank you Mr. Rollins, I am a better person because of you.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ties your mind and your stomach in knots. 13 Jun. 1999
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This is one of the most thought-for-thought honest volumes I've read. If you've seen what Rollins has seen, chances are, you've thought what he thought...maybe. The truth is in there, if you can handle the intensity long enough to drill into it. If you're looking for a thought-provoking account of society from a thought-provoking author, don't miss this one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The World of Henry Orient 13 Aug. 2004
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Format: Paperback
In EYE SCREAM Henry lets off enough steam to propel a balloonm around the world in eighty days. The various essays and rants he embarks on tell the truth from the deeply hurt and abandoned perspective, one to which I relate deeply. Anyone who has a heart will respond when Henry goes off the deep end and gets one of his visions, like where he compares humans to automatic vending machines like ATMS, programmed by society to interface with others on a superficial level, perhaps dispensing money (or "love") but at what a price. MEKANIK men and women populate our lives, sometimes we look around and that's all we can see, these fake robotic creatures with hypocritical smiles the color of liver. For most of us, eventually society inserts its slimy tentacles into our brains and cortexes and yanks them tight. So that we become mechanical as they are. If you've seen the movie THEY LIVE then you've seen a good deal of the philosophy Henry lives by.

Henry has a great writing style, filled with puns and anagrams and other signs of good humor, but all this capability is marshalled to one effect, punishing his enemies and clearing his own mind from the terror and humiliation issued him by others. He gives you the inspiration to do this for yourself.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
What can I say..... 15 May 2001
By noodle - Published on
Format: Paperback
Well I was really interested in reading some of Rollins's work so I bought Eye Scream. At first I couldn't put the book down and towards the middle I would skip around and now I just pick it up to read a few pages every once in a while. In my opinion I think that Rollins is too repititious in what he is writing and I was finding that he was pretty much saying the same things in different ways. It is an interesting book if you can get past all that. I'm sure one day I will finish it, and I do respect him for his stances on the many issues that does write about in such a raw manner. If you haven't read anything by Rollins before I suggest you will definately bring things to your attention that have never been previously.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Raw, honest, repetitious. 8 Sept. 2001
By Shane Tiernan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I agree with other reviewers, this stuff is pretty heavy, but I'm not buying that Rollins has actually killed people. If he wanted to make all this horror seem real he should have left out the unbelievable stuff.
I did enjoy reading the book (I liked the long stuff better than the shorter pieces) though it was repetitious at times. I like his take on dating (Mekanik) and his hatred for drugs, guns, and crime is commendable. I will definitely be reading more Rollins in the future.
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