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Stone Junction: An Alchemical Pot-Boiler
Stone Junction: An Alchemical Pot-Boiler
by Jim Dodge
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Artful indeed!, 29 April 2004
Just finished it ... no idea what it means, but it was part road novel,part spy thriller, part mystic meditation and all the way through a guideto good relations between men and men, and men and women. It's also veryfunny in parts, and arrestingly beautiful too:
'The highest form of beauty available to human kind is to walk naked inspring rain' (my misquote; but a lovely line when a benevolent, mysteriousIndian outlaw takes the young hero and his mother for such a walk.
If you're open to this book it will be good to you. Although I still don'tknow what the hell it means (you should try and find out though, I think.)

American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story
by Cynthia True
Edition: Paperback

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven is a win/win situation. There is nothing to fear., 26 Feb. 2002
If you're here by mistake, buy it. If you're here because you've heard certain good things about the man and his work, and you're the curious type, buy it. If you're here because you know and love the his work and just want a little context, a bit of inside track, buy about twelve. When they arrive, run joyously into the streets flinging the tidy black volumes at passers by, then return home to your one special copy, and digest it like a lazy anaconda.
This book is very good. The prose is unobtrusive but perfectly weighted. Hicks (quite appropriately)takes centre stage, and there is a substantial range of quoted material from shows and elsewhere that keeps you chuckling. More importantly however, as there is already a body of work available on his cds and through the internet, the book demonstrates Hick's frenzied commitment to his work and his driving ideological position (which, in short, was a joyous celebration of the intrinsic value of ideas in themselves, allied to a vengeful disgust of anything hypocritical or mediocre)
I laughed out loud, sobbed like a newborn, and was sufficiently stirred from suburban apathy to write this ridiculous review. The book is good, because it has done justice to an AMAZING man (I despise prose that uses capitals like that, so please understand I wouldn't if it wasn't vitally important.) It's fired my desire to learn, so I'm off to read my Chomsky. Bill said I should. Night.....

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