Dear Dead Person



Dear Dead PersonLike Some Bastard Progeny Of Nathaniel West, Benjamin Weissman S Stories Are Savage, Graceful, Hilarious, And Spooky With Insights Into The Myriad Quirks That Dog Nonconformists Of Every Tripe In Dear Dead Person, A Cross Section Of Archetypes Teen Sex Addicts, Would Be Rock Stars, Religious Fanatics, Serial Murderers, And Families Who Make The Menendezes Look Like Ozzie And Harriet Go About Their Twisted Business In A Prose That S Both Minimal And Anarchic, As American As Raymond Carver, But Riven By Poetic Ruptures That Feel Like Transmissions From The Screwed Up Part Of Our Collective Psyche.

Benjamin Weissman is the author of two books of short fiction, Headless 2004 and Dear Dead Person 1994 His writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, Los Angeles Times, and McSweeney s His collaboration with Yutaka Sone, What Every Snowflake Knows in Its Heart, was shown at Santa Monica Museum of Art He teaches at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.Born 1957, Los Angeles, California, United States

[Ebook] Dear Dead Person By Benjamin Weissman – Heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Dear Dead Person
  • Benjamin Weissman
  • English
  • 04 October 2017
  • 1852423307

10 thoughts on “Dear Dead Person

  1. Tosh says:

    When one reads Benjamin Weissman, you enter a funhouse where the exits are blocked off So you have to go for the full ride, even though it s scary in parts, it is also hysterical And strange enough he had a major influence on my own writing in that his work encouraged me to write short stories That and Kafka s short stories And my writings are nothing like those two, but it gave me encouragement to go for broke or to go for it I think he s incredibly underrated, and one of these days there When one reads Benjamin Weissman, you enter a funhouse where the exits are blocked off So you have to go for the full ride, even though it s scary in parts, it is also hysterical And strange enough he had a major influence on my own writing in that his work encouraged me to write short stories That and Kafka s short stories And my writings are nothing like those two, but it gave me encouragement to go for broke or to go for it I think he s incredibly underrated, and one of these days there will be a Library of America edition of his complete works Mark my words

  2. Alan says:

    Whack, whack, whack Fuck me sideways, get me out of here.Read some of this on my commute out to friends to watch Man U v Arsenal in a pub last night Took it mainly because it fit my jacket pocket, unlike the book I am also reading, Uwem Akpan s Say You re One of Them , which to tell the truth is so harrowing, brilliant, it s taking a toll on me It s a long commute, by two buses, cuz he s decided to live on the edge of nowhere stourbridge so got through about half I don t want to read any Whack, whack, whack Fuck me sideways, get me out of here.Read some of this on my commute out to friends to watch Man U v Arsenal in a pub last night Took it mainly because it fit my jacket pocket, unlike the book I am also reading, Uwem Akpan s Say You re One of Them , which to tell the truth is so harrowing, brilliant, it s taking a toll on me It s a long commute, by two buses, cuz he s decided to live on the edge of nowhere stourbridge so got through about half I don t want to read any , it s so sick and suck and fucked up and funny as hell To make matters worse or better I was pissed on the way back on the late bus es , with my fellow pissheads around me having fun, which seemed to make the stories evenslobbering and bloody I don t know, somehow brilliant and sick, I got nauseous I was glad to get off the bus and stop reading the fucking thing

  3. Bruno Champagne says:

    Meh The first stories mind you, I picked up the book and started reading it without giving a glance at the back cover were pretty fun and remenescent of a B slasher movie Figuring these were all short stories with apparently no coherent plot ties, the author could ve used a better mix of vocabulary and phrasing it all felt written from the same deranged child s point of view.It got worse.Soggy and anticlimatic I d describe this one as gory dad jokes bedtime stories , and it doesn Meh The first stories mind you, I picked up the book and started reading it without giving a glance at the back cover were pretty fun and remenescent of a B slasher movie Figuring these were all short stories with apparently no coherent plot ties, the author could ve used a better mix of vocabulary and phrasing it all felt written from the same deranged child s point of view.It got worse.Soggy and anticlimatic I d describe this one as gory dad jokes bedtime stories , and it doesn t become funny because it tries too much to be entertaining.Voil Going back to the thrift store

  4. Charlie Unfricht says:

    Unnecessarily gory and graphic A handful of the stories are interesting but overall this just comes off as an odd obsession with violence, sexual abuse, and extreme parenting issues After about 100 pages I felt myself ending each story disgusted and asking myself again, really

  5. A.J. Howells says:

    I picked this book up on a whim It was in a bargain bin, it s reviews promised violence coated hilarity, and if I didn t like it, it was short.Not short enough.Don t let the first story which is quite a good second person narrative, depicting a depressive and solitary man who loses the only thing that makes him happy a daily cookie fool you, as the contents of this collection are pure pretentious garbage The stories revolve around sexual frustration, rape, incest, blood, and guts If there I picked this book up on a whim It was in a bargain bin, it s reviews promised violence coated hilarity, and if I didn t like it, it was short.Not short enough.Don t let the first story which is quite a good second person narrative, depicting a depressive and solitary man who loses the only thing that makes him happy a daily cookie fool you, as the contents of this collection are pure pretentious garbage The stories revolve around sexual frustration, rape, incest, blood, and guts If there s a deep message behind these them, it s lost on me Perhaps Weismann is trying to tell his readers that the only way to cope with the horrors of life is through nihilism Doubtful I get the sense that he really just wanted to write about sex and violence and feces lots of feces and forgot to add anything redeeming Even if the message was that the stories aren t redeeming because life isn t redeeming, I could buy into it However, the so called depth that a lot of reviewers seem to be talking about just isn t there.The writing is very shoddy Weismann uses ridiculous devices in order to get away with essentially the same voice across all of these narratives In Museum Boy, the child narrator justifies his high level vocabulary by telling us that I speak my parents language, their weird words fall into my head and land in the middle of my stomach This is why he can waver between talking childishly I smell coffee and whiskey I know it s worse than piss or poop, which actually smell good to me and using higher level vocabulary When I watch my parents kiss and fuck I wonder why they don t fart and cry, with their butts in the air, groaning like perturbed goats NOTE The higher level vocabulary in the previous example refers to the word perturbed not fuck, but I ve included the whole sentence to help you get an idea of the writing, which only gets worse the deeper into the book you delve.When I arrived at the story Flesh for Hacking, which SPOILER ALERT concerns a man having sex with a severed head, I knew the rest of the book would be an author trying to shock for the sake of shock, while trying to present these stories as strangely poetic I didn t buy it for a second These stories, with the exception of one or two that are not worth the time and effort in finding, are nothingthan the literary equivalent of a balls out slasher movie.Then again, maybe I m missing something

  6. aloveiz says:

    Even if you, 17, read this with the needle or knife in your arm you won t have suffered enough Weissman paints the antiglamour of post teenage life with ink seemingly ground from the collective internal organs of all who betted and hoped we wouldn t last this long.The stories here represent easily some of the most grotesque themes I have ever endorsed The crass assemblages are excrutiating in their filth and nihilism.But you will read them wholly because within them you are finally the hero of Even if you, 17, read this with the needle or knife in your arm you won t have suffered enough Weissman paints the antiglamour of post teenage life with ink seemingly ground from the collective internal organs of all who betted and hoped we wouldn t last this long.The stories here represent easily some of the most grotesque themes I have ever endorsed The crass assemblages are excrutiating in their filth and nihilism.But you will read them wholly because within them you are finally the hero of something,however maniacal, pathetic and uncool.There are strips and streams of words woven in to these stories that may have been preformed giving the need to create a story to hide them in or to play them down Or maybe those are just the kinds of image thoughts that fall naturally out of Weissman s mind while telling a story In either case it proved nothing less than that he is a truly great writer but should that title belittle him I would gladly call him anything else hopefully something of his own elysian design

  7. Evan Bai says:

    an anthology of short stories clearly written for if not by patrick bateman himself the collection seems to echo all of the thoughts that manifest in the period between waking consciousness and dreamy sleep the drowsy half sleep that encourages our most perverse, surreal, aimless, and visceral thoughts that upon face value flaunt absurdism, but upon closer scrutiny shows profound insights to the underbelly of life celebrated only by the avant garde and edgy in other words, weissman, like his an anthology of short stories clearly written for if not by patrick bateman himself the collection seems to echo all of the thoughts that manifest in the period between waking consciousness and dreamy sleep the drowsy half sleep that encourages our most perverse, surreal, aimless, and visceral thoughts that upon face value flaunt absurdism, but upon closer scrutiny shows profound insights to the underbelly of life celebrated only by the avant garde and edgy in other words, weissman, like his fellow short story peers, tells his audience such commonly whispered truths, albeit in the gory, shocking, and admittedly poetic ramblings of a madman

  8. Sojyung says:

    It s not the pervasive brutality in of itself that is so disgusting about the book, but how ineffectively Weissman tries to push off bad prose and bad plots as being experimental on the virtue of violence and anti social behavior alone In all its violent and scatological glory, Dear Dead Person and Other Stories is a putrid mastrubatory work by someone who writes like an angsty teen.

  9. Jennifer says:

    Irreverent fun If you like dark humor and adolescent male angst or at least reading about it, as it can be very amusing you may enjoy this book More sinister than Sedaris, but possibly appealing to some of his fan base Grim hilarity

  10. Jessica says:

    Very funny irreverent stories The title story is hilarious a letter written in response to a comment by Ann Landers I ll say noso that you can enjoy the read.

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