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Vanessa: A Portrait of Evil
Vanessa: A Portrait of Evil
by Wensley Clarkson
Edition: Paperback

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lurid, Exploitative and Just Plain Bad...., 5 Mar 2010
I can happily state for then record that I'm a big fan of shoddily produced true life crime paperbacks that appear immediately after a high profile court case has been resolved. This book however is an exception. Offering the filmiest of biographical detail regarding the life of Vanessa George, the book throws away any sense of journalistic detachment and instead sets out to further vilify its already deeply disturbing subject by way of some of the most tortured prose I have ever come across. When faced with lines regarding George's `chubby fingers tapping away at her computer' its easy to imagine that this book is more a Chris Morris inspired situationist art prank then a genuine attempt to explore the case. Poorly written, leering and at times blandly offensive when dealing with the more lurid facts of the case, I'd strongly recommend giving it a wide birth. The awful front cover does luckily provide a neat summary of the cultural value of the content contained within.

Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema
Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema
by Simon Sheridan
Edition: Paperback

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brits Say Yes Please to Smut!, 19 Jun 2003
Sheridan knows his native smut.
This well written, beautifully presented and extensively researched guide to all things mucky, represents a secret cultural history of a time many mainstream cinema critics would rather forget.
The attractive cover is worth the price of admission alone.
Nice work Mr Sheridan.

Apocalypse Culture II
Apocalypse Culture II
by Adam Parfrey
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Good' Bad taste or 'Bad' bad taste?, 2 Aug 2002
This review is from: Apocalypse Culture II (Paperback)
This long awaited sequel to the infamous incendiary tract doesn't disapoint on the outrage meter. A good indication of the taboo nature of the collection, can be gained when you realise that a large number of illustrations have been blacked out, this despite being published in a country that is almost pathological in it's defence of free speech.
Line up those scared cows, and these writers will happily grind them into hamburger meat, to be consumed by a new gneration of truth seeking and subversive consumers. There is a wisdom at the margins, and this collection searches it out without apology. It's a 'bronx cheer' in the face of all that some hold decent.
The collection appears to take the old Picasso quote: 'the chief enemy of creativity is good taste' as it's manifesto. Some of the articles are on the edge of being completly indefensible. For example, the section on aesthetic taboos, home to the censored artwork. This features paintings which deal with among other hot potatoes: the sexual explotation of children (something of an underground obsession), nazi imagery, and the art of Danny rollins, a US serial killer.
I'm willing to bet hard cash, that if this book fell into the hands of a UK court, they'd declare it as likely to 'deprave and corrupt'. It's the sort of book you wouldn't want on display if the police decided to pay a visit.
This said, some of the articles had me giggling out loud. For example, the section on the extremist group: Jews for Hitler. As the group contains only one Jewish man, the author deadpans: "Why not kill yourself?". I guess you had to be there?
Difficult to defend on occasion, beautifully designed, and a radical return to form by Freal House the publisher.
Handle with care, and ensure you are prepared for the assult on the senses this book represents.

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