Lot Six

Lot Six❧ Lot Six free download ➛ Author David Adjmi – Heartforum.co.uk In a world where everyone is inventing a self, curating a feed and performing a fantasy of life, what does it mean to be a person In his grandly entertaining debut memoir, playwright David Adjmi explo In a world where everyone is inventing a self, curating a feed and performing a fantasy of life, what does it mean to be a person In his grandly entertaining debut memoir, playwright David Adjmi explores how human beings create themselves, and how artists make their lives into artBrooklyn, s Born into the ruins of a Syrian Jewish family that once had it all, David is painfully displaced Trapped in an insular religious community that excludes him and a family coming apart at the seams, he is plunged into suicidal depression Through adolescence, David tries to suppress his homosexual feelings and fit in, but when pushed to the breaking point, he makes the bold decision to cut off his family, erase his past, and leave everything he knows behind There s only one problem who should he be Bouncing between identities he steals from the pages of fashion magazines, tomes of philosophy, sitcoms and foreign films, and practically everyone he meets from Rastafarians to French preppies David begins to piece together an entirely new adult self But is this the foundation for a life, or just a kind of quicksand Moving from the glamour and dysfunction of s Brooklyn, to the sybaritic materialism of Reagan s s to post New York, Lot Six offers a quintessentially American tale of an outsider striving to reshape himself in the funhouse mirror of American culture Adjmi s memoir is a genre bending K nstlerroman in the spirit of Charles Dickens and Alison Bechdel, a portrait of the artist in the throes of a life and death crisis of identity Raw and lyrical, and written in gleaming prose that veers effortlessly between hilarity and heartbreak, Lot Six charts Adjmi s search for belonging, identity, and what it takes to be an artist in America.

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    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB bold decision to cut off his family, erase his past, and leave everything he knows behind There s only one problem who should he be Bouncing between identities he steals from the pages of fashion magazines, tomes of philosophy, sitcoms and foreign films, and practically everyone he meets from Rastafarians to French preppies David begins to piece together an entirely new adult self But is this the foundation for a life, or just a kind of quicksand Moving from the glamour and dysfunction of s Brooklyn, to the sybaritic materialism of Reagan s s to post New York, Lot Six offers a quintessentially American tale of an outsider striving to reshape himself in the funhouse mirror of American culture Adjmi s memoir is a genre bending K nstlerroman in the spirit of Charles Dickens and Alison Bechdel, a portrait of the artist in the throes of a life and death crisis of identity Raw and lyrical, and written in gleaming prose that veers effortlessly between hilarity and heartbreak, Lot Six charts Adjmi s search for belonging, identity, and what it takes to be an artist in America."/>
  • ebook
  • 400 pages
  • Lot Six
  • David Adjmi
  • 08 December 2018
  • 0062097016

10 thoughts on “Lot Six

  1. Michael says:

    paints a vibrant portrait of the playwright as a young gay man, growing up on the margins of Brooklyn s affluent Syrian Jewish community, born to a family whose fortune had long been lost, several years younger than his other siblings, who felt connected to each other and their past in a way he did not in swift prose Adjmi charts his struggle to rise above his turbulent upbringing, come to terms with his queerness, and become a great artist the writer s lifelong wrestling with feelings of alie paints a vibrant portrait of the playwright as a young gay man, growing up on the margins of Brooklyn s affluent Syrian Jewish community, born to a family whose fortune had long been lost, several years younger than his other siblings, who felt connected to each other and their past in a way he did not in swift prose Adjmi charts his struggle to rise above his turbulent upbringing, come to terms with his queerness, and become a great artist the writer s lifelong wrestling with feelings of alienation forms the core of what turns out to be a linear, arresting memoir

  2. Alice Tolan-Mee says:

    always visceral, often thrilling sometimes deeply uncomfortable, yet i wanted to steep in this world adjmi so precisely communicates the book pulled me, tumbling, through an emotionally driven outline of one individual s growth patterns at once i felt both voyeuristic and uniquely interwoven into his life i take his voice with me now, forever.

  3. Razel says:

    I gulped this entire thing down in two sittings In retrospect, I probably read the second half of the book too quickly I loved it so much, and wish I d takentime to read itcarefully, but once I d started, I just couldn t stop Adjmi himself is the eponymous Lot Six which is Syrian Jewish slang for queer, but the author really teases out the meaning of queerness here It s not just his sexual orientation that s different, it s his orientation to the world around him He s an exil I gulped this entire thing down in two sittings In retrospect, I probably read the second half of the book too quickly I loved it so much, and wish I d takentime to read itcarefully, but once I d started, I just couldn t stop Adjmi himself is the eponymous Lot Six which is Syrian Jewish slang for queer, but the author really teases out the meaning of queerness here It s not just his sexual orientation that s different, it s his orientation to the world around him He s an exile from the beginning An exile in his family, and his community and religion This is so much a book about artists as perennial outsiders, but the author takes a real microscope to that fragile period before the artist knows who or what he is before he s really formed Adjmi is so out of place, so awkward and terrified and stunted for so much of the book that it hurt my heart to read The book is his attempt to prop up a fake self and make it real, which he can t fully do but in some sense he can, and does, both in his art and in his life Part of the joy of this book is in its ambiguity Adjmi is looking at the relation between artifice and reality, and it s a blurrier line than one might think References to Hitchcock and Nietzsche and Jean Paul Gaultier pop up all over, but not a pretentious way this is about a kid trying to understand the world as an interface that will help him to unlock himself Art and pop culture the Ricky Schroeder references reallllllly took me back become tools for gauging reality and possibility I loved reading this book and I loved swimming in the mind of the author There s a lot I d love to quote, but I can t, because it s an advance copy and that would get me in trouble But the writing here is really powerful, really strong and bracingly honest Also, I should say I also found it hilarious I honestly laughed so hard and so loudly at certain sections my partner asked me to please leave the apartment until i was finished reading There are countless brilliant lines and descriptions I sort of want to sit down and read it again because I feel there was so much I missed the first time I m really glad I ended up reading this I received an advance review copy of Lot Six from the publisher, HarperCollins

  4. Carmiel Banasky says:

    Reading Lot Six, I was almost convinced that I was the narrator, that I lived this life, so different from my own Each sentence is so vibrant and full of feeling, so lived in, that those feelings became mine It is both one of those books that I couldn t put down, and that I had to put down every few moments to write myself with a bit of angst that I ll never write quite like this It is a harrowing and loving tale of growing up, and becoming, without the sign posts most of us have I can t r Reading Lot Six, I was almost convinced that I was the narrator, that I lived this life, so different from my own Each sentence is so vibrant and full of feeling, so lived in, that those feelings became mine It is both one of those books that I couldn t put down, and that I had to put down every few moments to write myself with a bit of angst that I ll never write quite like this It is a harrowing and loving tale of growing up, and becoming, without the sign posts most of us have I can t recommend David Adjmi s memoir enough

  5. Estelle Laure says:

    David Admji is already known for the flawed, complex, extreme characters he brings to life on the stage, and now he s applied the same lens to his experience of growing up a Syrian Jew in Brooklyn, across the country to a briefly dreadlocked period in L.A then to Iowa for porn and pancakes and back again for a disorienting stint at Juilliard.Deftly woven, this story is so hilarious and poignant, rife with depictions of his hopelessly lovable family and friends, you could almost find yourself se David Admji is already known for the flawed, complex, extreme characters he brings to life on the stage, and now he s applied the same lens to his experience of growing up a Syrian Jew in Brooklyn, across the country to a briefly dreadlocked period in L.A then to Iowa for porn and pancakes and back again for a disorienting stint at Juilliard.Deftly woven, this story is so hilarious and poignant, rife with depictions of his hopelessly lovable family and friends, you could almost find yourself seduced away from the deeper underlying complexities at hand Adjmi is as merciless on himself as he is on others, taking a diamond hard approach to scrutinizing his own alienation, search for identity, sexuality, and the ways in which he chameleoned his way through life until he landed in some version of honest acceptance and personal wisdom.Harder hitting than David Sedaris but equally funny and anecdotally rich, less poetic than Ocean Vuong but just as artistically imagined, Lot Six is part memoir, part inspiration for any serious artist or anyone with a desire to deconstruct the past With plenty of teeth, this story is ultimately relentless in its pursuit of the ugly yet somehow deeply charming truth Perhaps the greatest gift Adjmi leaves his reader with, aside from a maniacal desire to turn the page, is a new level of the knowledge that in spite of what is distasteful about the human condition, there is beauty to be found everywhere, no matter how absurd the person or situation, but most especially within the nooks and crannies of the artist s own alienated and lonely heart

  6. Sarah Tolan-Mee says:

    This is a stunning memoir that follows a brilliant, eccentric, sensitive, keenly observant, daring, hilarious Adjmi on his journey of self revelation It is the portrait of how someone becomes a person and an artist What culture are we born into and does that have anything to do with who we are What do we appropriate in order to fashion our true selves What is a person anyway Adjmi writes about the search for identity through his engagement with the odd assemblage of characters that populate This is a stunning memoir that follows a brilliant, eccentric, sensitive, keenly observant, daring, hilarious Adjmi on his journey of self revelation It is the portrait of how someone becomes a person and an artist What culture are we born into and does that have anything to do with who we are What do we appropriate in order to fashion our true selves What is a person anyway Adjmi writes about the search for identity through his engagement with the odd assemblage of characters that populate his life, through his close reading of literature and philosophy, through ecstatic friendships and diner waffles, through a series of odd jobs, through intense resonances with pop icons, through a succession of questionable hairdos and fashion statements He writes about what he had to give up and what he had to build in order to survive Reading LOT 6 feels like an extremely intimate slumber party with a friend who you want to grow up to BE This is a shockingly raw, generous, huge hearted memoir, as well as an incredibly incisive piece of critical theory Adjmi is a genius

  7. Cori Thomas says:

    This book is brilliant It is one of those I will re visit for sure I finished and knew right away that I will read it again The writing is majestic and the story it tells is immediate and gripping and moving An American memoir we have not seen as yet I can not recommend it highly enough Gorgeous

  8. Michael Zalta says:

    Just as galactic and atmospheric as his mesmerizing body of work as a playwright, Adjmi s memoir grips you in and pierces through the all too familiar pains of living on the margins of a provincialized world With Lot Six , Adjmi shatters the stylized aesthetics of his theatrical work to expose an emotionally rich self portrait pieced together from a range of dark memories, inspired esoterica, and fantasies of what it means to be cultured What emerges however is no pastiche wholly original Just as galactic and atmospheric as his mesmerizing body of work as a playwright, Adjmi s memoir grips you in and pierces through the all too familiar pains of living on the margins of a provincialized world With Lot Six , Adjmi shatters the stylized aesthetics of his theatrical work to expose an emotionally rich self portrait pieced together from a range of dark memories, inspired esoterica, and fantasies of what it means to be cultured What emerges however is no pastiche wholly original and deeply earnest, Lost Six is a powerful rumination on storytelling and the stories we refigure to keep ourselves alive As a fellow lot 6 from the Syrian Jewish community this was a truly powerful read His Promethean tale of self re fashioning read like tattered love letter to a place that cannot be erased from your core More than a memoir, Lot Six is like an auto ethnography charting the nascence of a queer diaspora Adjmi excavates that thin yet painful line we all try to walk that divides our homes from our dreams

  9. Mitzi Yao says:

    Wow I was transported back in time This book took me back to the streets and to my adolescence in New York David Adjmi has an incredible memory for beautifully reviving NY scents and scenes from the 80 s and 90 s pop, fashion, and art culture through words as we travel on his path to self discovery and success It s a beautifully orchestrated memoir and it sings in a language that makes you weep, laugh, cringe, commiserate with him, and most of all, root for him as he questions his place with Wow I was transported back in time This book took me back to the streets and to my adolescence in New York David Adjmi has an incredible memory for beautifully reviving NY scents and scenes from the 80 s and 90 s pop, fashion, and art culture through words as we travel on his path to self discovery and success It s a beautifully orchestrated memoir and it sings in a language that makes you weep, laugh, cringe, commiserate with him, and most of all, root for him as he questions his place within the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn His story evokes subconscious feelings from personal passages and you can certainly find a piece of yourself through his writing I could reread this over and over and find myself beside him I believe there is a Lot Six in all of us

  10. Tory Stewart says:

    This book is so smart, poignant and funny It s a memoir of David Adjmi, one of my favorite playwrights, all about his childhood in Brooklyn and his journey as an artist There are so many amazing stories they are hard edged and melancholic especially the ones concerning his difficult relationship with his father.

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