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Stranger on Earth, A: The Life and Work of Anna Kavan
Stranger on Earth, A: The Life and Work of Anna Kavan
by Jeremy Reed
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.65

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stranger unearthed, 4 Sep 2006
This book is phenomenal. It meticulously details every aspect of Anna Kavan's life, and it provides psychological insights into her novels and paintings. This is one of the best books about Anna Kavan that I have ever read. It is also Jeremy Reed's best non-fiction work. Everyone should read this book.


Duck and Sally on the Inside
Duck and Sally on the Inside
by Jeremy Reed
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suck and Dally Inside, 21 May 2005
Unlike other volumes of poetry by Jeremy Reed, Suck and Dally Inside is really just a matter of the formerly great poet marking time. Snail Tracks gets lifted from Patron Saint of Eyeliner, and the rest are Jeremy Reed asleep. Interestingly, JR asleep can still fill the odd line with power, but use of such words as 'biffy' exclude him from being taken too seriously. This collection is a swan song - a sad swan song, for Jeremy Reed was once a great poet, as Around the Day, Alice, or Tight Fit, or Nineties, or By the Fisheries, or Red-Haired Android readily prove. This collection is not a fitting epitaph.


Boy Caesar
Boy Caesar
by Jeremy Reed
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.64

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rewriting a life, 2 Aug 2004
This review is from: Boy Caesar (Paperback)
Boy Caesar is a very good book. It charts a few months of the life of Jim, as he researches his Heliogabalus dissertation. Intercut with Jim's adventures is the life of Heliogabalus, emporer of Rome. Heliogabalus runs in to trouble because of his promiscuity. Somehow, a descendent/doppelganger of the emperor is found by Jim, when he is in Rome. Then the fit really hits the shan. It's all narrated in Jeremy Reed's trademarked decadent/aesthetic style, and is an interesting and absorbing read. Obviously, in his slightly lazy way, Jeremy Reed has simply written the process of his own research for his section of Divine Carnage, with Stephen Barber, simply adding a time dichotomy twist to keep it interesting - which it is. Read this book.


Mulholland Drive [DVD] [2002]
Mulholland Drive [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Naomi Watts
Offered by International Marketplace
Price: 2.60

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Narrative Drive, 19 Oct 2003
This film is wonderful. After five viewings, it remains one of the most carefully constructed, beautifully filmed, elegantly scripted films in existence. David Lynch has produced an absolute masterpiece. Naomi Watts should be far better known than she is - she is phenomenal as the wide-eyed aw-shucks greenhorn and the hard, mercenary wannabee actress. Perhaps it is only another thinly-disguised Marilyn Monroe retelling, but it is one of the best films you'll see for a while. Get a copy and watch it... and watch it... and watch it.


Patron Saint of Eye-liner
Patron Saint of Eye-liner
by Jeremy Reed
Edition: Library Binding

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Patron Saint of Poetry, 25 Aug 2003
As this stunning collection shows, Jeremy Reed is, without doubt, the world's finest poet. His technical virtuosity is unparalled at present, his ear for metrics is finely-tuned. He is still light-years ahead of those who would be his contemporaries. P S of E is a huge cross-sectioned collection of poems dealing with celebrity, inner and outer space, poetry, psychology, travel, sex and death, all presented in Reed's immaculate style. The quality of this man's output is phenomenal. That his poetry, prose, translations, essays, novels, short stories and rock biographies are still ignored by the 'literati' of this country is criminal. Jeremy Reed has ability, talent and style, which is obvious to anyone who reads his work, in particular this collection. Read Patron Saint of Eyeliner.


The Flowers of Evil (Fleurs du Mal) (World's Classics)
The Flowers of Evil (Fleurs du Mal) (World's Classics)
by Charles Baudelaire
Edition: Paperback

31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sickly Flowers, 22 Aug 2003
Charles Baudelaire is one of the most technically exact and lyrical of all poets. One of the main problems with this otherwise superb book of his poems is the poor translation. James McGowan has taken Baudelaire's beautiful poetry and turned it into turgid writing. The quality of the translations is indicative of the poor scholarly standards that prevail in this era. The poems are almost perfect in the original, but so many liberties have been taken, often for the sake of finding a rhyme, that often the 'essense' as well as the meaning is lost. If James McGowan had refrained from translating Baudelaire's beautiful poetry, our world would be a better place.
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The Sacred Squall of Now
The Sacred Squall of Now
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred and the Profane, 28 July 2003
This album is a strange mix of Gabrel's superb guitar work, his average singing and some absolutely amazing cameo/guest appearances from past collaborators - Bowie, Black Francis, Jeffrey Gaines, etc. The music ranges from reinterpretations of the known - 'You've Been Around' from Black Tie White Noise, where Gabrels guitars were mixed right down, but here are given front rank position; and a slow reinterpretation of John (Creedence) Fogarty's 'Bad Moon Rising'. Included is much new, especially the instrumentals, 'Hushu', 'Thirteen', and 'Fredome', on which Gabrels plays lead, rhythm, acoustic, pedal steel, tremelo, spook, orchestral, pixie, malcontent, national resophonic, slide, outside, event, skunk, orchestra, greek chorus and self-destruct guitars. Oh, and sonic barnacle too.
So, a mixed bag, but one that works exceedingly well, for Mr Gabrels has one of the finest guitar ears in music, now that Frank Zappa is no longer with us. This album is worth owning. It has many, many layers and reveals Reeves Gabrels to be one of our most accoplished guitarists in a very long time.


Bitter Blue
Bitter Blue
by Jeremy Reed
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anna Kavan references are a winner, 8 Jun 2003
This review is from: Bitter Blue (Paperback)
This book is another non-fiction semi-autobiography by Jeremy Reed, although it soon segues into a catalogue of doped imaginers. Not bad though - the Anna Kavan section is the best piece of writing on Kavan in existence. Reed should have included it in Angels, Divas and Blacklisted Heroes - but he didn't and now it's too late. (Maybe the revised, eh, Jez? Love your poetry, man, but you repeat yourself too much in your non-fiction and your novels. Still, you are inspiring when you're on top form.)
Other than that, there's a mildly interesting section on Cocteau, which, when combined with the Kavan piece make this a book well worth the price of admission. Think about it.
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The Coastguard's House
The Coastguard's House
by Eugenio Montale
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interpreteations, rather than translations, 30 Mar 2002
This review is from: The Coastguard's House (Paperback)
'What I've tried... is a series of poems... placed within a context of late twentieth century values', Reed writes in his introduction to this collection. As such, this is a wonderful collection of poems which would otherwise be unavailable to English readers of Montale's work. Reed has done a good job of reinterpreting the poems into the 'values' of the late 20th century, and some of Montale remains, as can be seen from the Italian poems in the collection, it being a bilingual edition.
All in all, an inspiring collection.


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