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Junk Mail

Junk Mail [Kindle Edition]

Will Self
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‘An explosive collection’ -- J. G. Ballard, Guardian

‘His prose crackles with wit’ -- Independent

‘Provides a hit of intravenous prose, a rush of silly and psychedelic excitement’ -- Observer

‘We finally get the undivided Self in all his maddening brilliance’ -- Spectator

J. G. Ballard, Guardian

‘An explosive collection’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2978 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (11 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095U5WJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a not so clean but still mean writing machine... 16 May 2007
This is a collection of Self's journalism from what can only be described as his 'drug' period. This doesn't affect in the slightest the sharpness of his observations and the wit laced with intellect with which he conyeys his ideas. There are books reviews, articles on visits to crack dens, english prisons, essays (on everything from cryonicists, satanic cults, the state of english culture...) as well as amusing tales of pub conversation on the Orkney Isles and flying 1st class on Virgin Airways...At the back of the book are fascinating conversations between Self and other greats of modern fiction such as Martin Amis and JG Ballard, fascinating that is, if you can keep up with the fluency and ease they discuss ideas on literature etc...The only thing Junk Mail has over his other collection of mainstream journalism Feeding Frenzy, is that the articles are less clipped and the depth of Self's thought is allowed to roam in an less restrained manner. Hilarious, engaging, perceptive and sometimes irreverant - this comes highly recommended.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, funny and interesting 16 Oct 2000
I admire Will Self. I sometimes imagine that, had I immersed myself in literature and drugs rather than science, I would now be able to write like he does. I suspect a lot of other people feel the same way, but the fact is none of us can, and never really even stood a chance. While not necessarily Self's best book (I prefer his fiction), it's probably the best vehicle for his intellect. He uses his broad vocabulary with spare, erudite precision - the result is easy and relaxing to read. He tackles controversial and emotionally-fraught topics - the result is thought-provoking, humane and sensible, while also being humourous and unconventional.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your mind to transmogrification... 12 Feb 2003
I'm too excited to form coherent sentences here - how can I start? Okay, okay. Calm down... Right. Well. Let's start by saying that Will Self is somewhat accomplished in his art. How's that? No, that's a gross injustice; he is a master. He can write to beat the devil... he is swift, witty, brutal, soft, honest and ever-expanding in scope and meaning.
To be honest, the subjects of his intensely readable scribblings are - in themselves - reason enough to purchase this book. There are inspirational passages on Beat writer William S. Burroughs, notes on the 'sick, sick bastard' Bret Easton Ellis, the outspoken Damien Hurst, conversations with such literary greats as J.G. Ballard and Martin Amis. *gasps for breath* Heck, not to mention notes on penis operations, Woody Allen's complete prose, the benefits and drawbacks of slacking ('Slack Attack') and other amusing and resonant pieces.
One Amazon reviewer wrote that reading Will Self makes them want to write themselves. I completely assent. Never have I wanted to be so witty, amusing and yet practical and functional at the same time before... Heck, maybe I should stop writing this twoddle and go find my pen right now!
Oh, and I recommend the book - by the way.
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