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Tick Paperback – 10 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Creation Books; First Edition edition (10 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840680482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840680485
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,365,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unleashed from the cutting-edge of pornography, sexual abuse and degradation, Sotos draws from sourced documents and his own experiences and insights, to reveal the harsh and brutal extremes that lurk within the sex industry.

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Dangerous, fresh and insightful book in the age when we are literally drowning in the sea of so-called "subversive" literature. Just when you thought that Dennis Cooper is the one and only contemporary writer exploring the legacy of dark and shining sickening beauty (de Sade, Jean Genet), Peter Sotos (also known for his proto-industrial band Whitehouse)is here to prove you wrong with his trance-inducing set of books devoted to deviation and filth. The puzzle that Sotos is playing with consists of the media-hype surrounding sexuality and the hidden deviant thoughts of an individual, but Sotos is far from being a suggestive narrator and is simply acting as your guide through the depths of human humiliation leaving all the morals and conclusions up to you. Cold, rude, distanced and emotionally unattached, "Tick" is not meant to make you smile. Written in unique "documentary prose" style, it will grab you by the ears and won't let you relax. This is a book you would definitely never want to buy for any of your friends, but on the other hand, you will enjoy staying awake late at night reading it and feeling its intense hold long after putting it aside. Terryfing and dazzling.
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...Peter Sotos' gloating in regard to the misfortune of other people, like hiv-infected porn stars and child murder victim Jon Benet Ramsey and family, is... a taste left to be desired.
His broken up style of writing, with several different narratives/rantings intertwined, makes his writing even more unaccessible.
Radical/trangressive literature is supposed to be fun, Peter Sotos is not fun. But then again, maybe the alert reader should read this as well, to know where to draw the line, to find one's own barriers of tolerance. Peter Sotos seems to enjoy a reputation of ultimate truth teller, a reputation that lives as long he is talked about, and dies as soon as he is read, and the truth about his inclinations becomes knowledge, he hopefully will be removed from the cult fiction canon.
One star for content, one star for writing. This sucks.
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Excellent cutting edge stuff. A must read for anyone who looks for the raw truth and with Peter Sotos you get just that!
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HASH(0x987b3288) out of 5 stars All hail the new Sotos 17 Jan. 2001
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Sotos, Tick (Creation, 2000)

All hail the new Sotos.

Chicago's demented master of journalistic debauchery has returned with another look at what makes America's criminals so notoriously American, that underbelly of anticulture, epidemia, slime, drugs, free love, and contempt that few Americans are even aware exists, and those few know it because either they're involved or the name "Cabrini Green" rings a bell because they saw it in a Clive Barker film.

Some would have you believe that Sotos' work is pornography, a view that Creation seems to subscribe to; at least, "Peter Sotos Pornography" is emblazoned upon the back of both the last two Sotos works. It's certainly good for shock value. But is it really the case?

In the popular definition of the term, perhaps. Sotos reports on, and revels in, the prurient. He shows us what most of us would rather not see. In the two hundred twenty-two pages of Tick, we are handed the case of Girl X, which made a very brief splash in the newspapers and brought the name Cabrini Green back to the frontal lobes. We're given JonBenet Ramsey's autopsy report, as gruesomely amusing as it was. We're told the side of the Matthew Shepard killing that most news reporters refused to report-- that Shepard's killing was "most likely" drug-related and had nothing to do with his sexual orientation. It's tabloid journalism without the pictures and the necessity for self-censorship that one is required to follow if one wants to have one's work published in the Weekly World News.

But the court's definition of pornography is more stringent. Prurience is not the only requirement; the work must also serve no social purpose. This is the great paradox of obscenity law. It can be argued, and strongly, that any depiction of society's dank underbelly serves a social purpose, be that purpose reform or simply exposure. Whether we want to see the spectacle isn't the issue, and of course we're all aware that Americans, as a culture, will cause traffic jams by slowing down to look at particularly gruesome auto accidents. Couldn't you argue, in light of the cases of Girl X and JonBenet Ramsey, or the handful of other missing-child cases Sotos mentions, that keeping these things in the forefronts of the minds of parents is a public service? A social necessity, even?

Sure. And you'd be right.

Couldn't you argue, in light of Americans' appalling ignorance about HIV and AIDS, that a detailed understanding of its transmission is essential not only to every man who puts himself at risk, but every woman married to such a man?

Sure. And you'd be right.

If you wanted to strike out into the grey areas of the law, you could make the case that well-written personal experience is more likely to stick in the head than dry textbook relation. Who gets more listeners around the fire, the Ben Stein wannabe or the jolly old chap who makes up voices for each charater and punctuates with hand gestures?

Make no mistake, Sotos is a gifted writer. When he lapses into the rhythm and dictions of a third-grader, made-up words and all, he does so for a purpose. When he wants to be, which is most of the time, Sotos is precise, collected. Not detached-- after a certain amount of immersion, it is impossible to be detached-- but this is a man who never loses his head, a voracious reader who drops literary allusions with the frequency and obscurity of an Ezra Pound. Just because the parallels he's drawing have to do with dead teenagers as opposed to a world war doesn't make them less valid.

Peter Sotos may be tasteless. Peter Sotos may be prurient. But he is also effective. And he is necessary. ****
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