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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The original Ritalin kid, Harmony Korine burst on the scene with Kids, a film so gritty and unsettling in its depiction of teen life that it was slapped with an NC rating and banned in some theaters across the country.
In some ways, the media frenzy over the rating overshadowed the harrowing portrait of teenagers destroying their lives and the then twenty-one-year-old s The original Ritalin kid, Harmony Korine burst on the scene with Kids, a film so gritty and unsettling in its depiction of teen life that it was slapped with an NC rating and banned in some theaters across the country.
In some ways, the media frenzy over the rating overshadowed the harrowing portrait of teenagers destroying their lives and the then twenty-one-year-old screenwriter who created them. It's powerful-both steel-eyed and sexy; horrifying and captivating.
Korine reinvents the novel in this highly experimental montage of scenes that seem both real and surreal at the same time. With a filmmaker's eye and a prankster's glee, this bizarre collection of jokes, half-remembered scenes, dialogue fragments, movie ideas, and suicide notes is an episodic, epigrammatic lovesong to the world of images.
Korine is the voice of his media-savvy generation and A Crack-Up at the Race Riots is the satiric lovechild of his dark imagination. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Crackup at the Race Riots. Jun 13, Winter Branch rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Gummo fans, alternative literature fans?? Shelves: fiction. For a couple of years this was my favorite book of all time. Even today I can't help but get excited when reading it.
Harmony Korine's book has no flowing narrative. Instead this book is a collection of a bunch of seemingly random things. A Life WIthout Pigment 5. Gentle Jesus and Drugs Diary of Anne Frank part 2 Rumors 4.
Ray Bradbury had scoliosis Allin voted for Jimmy Carter Johnny Rotten collects baseball cards Tom Petty has For a couple of years this was my favorite book of all time. Tom Petty has a dirty fish tank Then there is the section of 11 different suicide notes each one ending with a blank line for a signature.
The different letters written by Tupac to his mother. He includes random poems, pieces of dialogues, notes added in handwriting, pictures, and more. Even though this book seems random and without direction, this book has many red threads of commonality running through it. In many ways it is like a companion piece to his film Gummo for they both have that scattered feel.
In the end the books is really a reflection of the American landscape. His approach is different but perfectly appropriate given the subject matter. Throw almost every traditional aspect of literary fiction out the window. The results will barely prepare you for this mess of a book, written by none other than divisive arthouse filmmaker Harmony Korine.
As expected from the eccentric Korine, A Crack-Up at the Race Riots is an absurd and experimental trip that feasts gleefully upon the utterly bizarre. It is not even remotely close to being a novel, and nor is it a short story collection or a collection of poetry. Instead, it is comprised of lists, dialogues, letters, flash fiction, and plenty more.
Everything is at once extremely deadpan and wackily zany. Throughout, Korine is having a ball telling jokes and making up some of the most unexpected and ridiculous little scenarios and condensing them into phrases.
Sometimes this content is intermingled with the humour, other times the book just features an entry that is straight up dark and has you waiting for a punchline that never comes. In the middle of the book, there is a series of fictitious suicide notes and they brilliantly showcase both the black comedy of the book as well as its generally disturbing and seemingly disturbed nature. From page to page, the book is filled with seemingly boundless surprises.
Apr 24, Michael Seidlinger rated it really liked it. This is a review of a book that is incapable of being reviewed, simply due to how it reads differently every time I return to it. Much like Korine's filmography, A Crackup at the Race Riots teeters between the liquid narrative embedded into the page and the imagery the reader can't help but be possessed.
Besides, if you think about it, every fragment is a scene in someone's life. Aug 19, Laryssa gervan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: those interested in the deep dark seamy underbelly of the human soul. Recommended to Laryssa by: was first a fan of harmony korine's movies. May 11, Cecilia rated it really liked it. Harmony Korine has recently fascinated me as an individual. I've seen 3 of his films, and after watching his last interview with David Letterman while he was high out of his mind on Youtube, I couldn't help but be curious as to what goes on in that fucked-up brain of his.
I was absolutely elated the moment I was able to find this book, because its currently out of print. I enjoy it because of how pieced together it is. It reflects Korine's indifference with being conventional just by how it's pu Harmony Korine has recently fascinated me as an individual. It reflects Korine's indifference with being conventional just by how it's put together, yet it is most likely on purpose because he has that same collage-esque quality he uses to create his films.
Another reason why its an awesome read is because you can pretty much flip to any page that you want and just read tidbits of it that interest you which was, for me, most of it. It's like Naked Lunch in that sense. It's weird, yet alluring because it's weird. If you have a vulgar or semi-vulgar sense of humor, you'll be very amused. It's nonsensical and gives you the most arbitrary information and stories about people you wouldn't even think of and probably never heard of.
You also get to read a letter Tupac wrote to a fan, compared to one he wrote to his mother, which was pretty amusing. Jan 05, Simon rated it liked it. My verdict, considering Korine is one of my all-time heroes - It's Far from his best work and probably for completionists or enthusiasts of avant-garde literature. He had, and would go on to make much greater things. I'll fight anyone who'll try and tell me that Harmony is just weird for the sake of being weird, but I can't fault anyone for getting that impression from this book.
If you're already used to bizarre things then this will just be another one of those things. I'm just not su My verdict, considering Korine is one of my all-time heroes - It's I'm just not sure if his voice translates well into the novel format. Even in print most of this feels like it strives to be an image moreso than a piece of writing. There are however moments of excellence though - specifically the fragments detailing Tupac and suicides. And apart from that, this book as a whole is fun nonetheless, if you need a quick fix of weird and have a juvenile sense of humor.
Another thing - I like to look at this book as a fragment of a time in culture where enfantes terrible and weirdos like Harmony actually had some kind of space in the mainstream. Remember that at least one person on Letterman's crew had to suffer through this book. That shit would never happen now. Dec 20, David rated it it was amazing.
A Crack Up at the Race Riots: by Harmony Korine
He delighted them again in , returning in a suit and V-neck sweater to plug his directorial debut, Gummo. Walk out onstage wearing a navy blue suit with a tight gray sweater underneath, like an English schoolboy. Begin to play with the sleeve of my jacket, pull it back and forth and then stick my hand inside my coat pocket. A few people in the audience will start to chuckle.
A CRACK-UP AT THE RACE RIOTS
Disconnected from the natural flow of text from page to page, Crack Up does not offer characters, nor even clear themes to propel the reader. Topics include incest, confused sexual identity, ethnic caricature, cultural references and little people referred to exclusively as midgets. But these figures serve as neither touchstones of a cultural free-for-all nor even ironic inversions of themselves. But it also divorces Korine from much of his empathy, trading the spontaneity and occasional ecstatic truth of his perverse observations for a concocted jumble of elements that do not seem so unforced when actively committed to paper. By offering no real characters from whom he can establish a perspective, Korine has nothing to hide behind when the unsettling implications of this half-doodled work trace back to him. Perelman but lack the wit and the spontaneity of the great comic writer.
A Crackup At The Race Riots
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