Zipper Mouth

Zipper Mouth In this extraordinary debut novel Laurie Weeks captures the freedom and longing of life on the edge in New York City Ranting letters to Judy Davis and Sylvia Plath an unrequited fixation on a straig

  • Title: Zipper Mouth
  • Author: Laurie Weeks
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  • Page: 417
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  • In this extraordinary debut novel, Laurie Weeks captures the freedom and longing of life on the edge in New York City Ranting letters to Judy Davis and Sylvia Plath, an unrequited fixation on a straight best friend, exalted nightclub epiphanies, devastating morning after hangovers Zipper Mouth chronicles the exuberance and mortification of a junkie, and transcends the cIn this extraordinary debut novel, Laurie Weeks captures the freedom and longing of life on the edge in New York City Ranting letters to Judy Davis and Sylvia Plath, an unrequited fixation on a straight best friend, exalted nightclub epiphanies, devastating morning after hangovers Zipper Mouth chronicles the exuberance and mortification of a junkie, and transcends the chaos of everyday life.WINNER OF A 2012 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDSelected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading Laurie Weeks Zipper Mouth is a short tome of infinitesimal reach, a tiny star to light the land Eileen Myles, author of Inferno Zipper Mouth is a brilliant rabbit hole of pitch black hilarity, undead obsession, the horror of the everyday, and drugs drugs drugs Michelle Tea, co founder of Sister Spit

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    1. Now that I’ve discovered Feminist Press, theres no going back. And Laurie Weeks: well, Laurie, if you’re listening, lets talk. You want to know what chemical floodgate a color opens in your mind? We can postulate. Or just posteurate. Posteurop-ate if you like, look at the sky together which is the color of your LATE CAPITALIST RAGE, but also the chromatic aftertaste of my de-raged capital. N*raged is capital, but only if you have it. I think. Which I don’t. because I can’t capitalize.Pro [...]

    2. A debut novel about a troubled young women heroin (and coke, plus whatever else someone may have like, but not restricted to, speed, ritalin, xanax, meth, not so much crack though, and WAY too much wine, manhattans, vodka, and lots of pot too, and WAY too many cigs) snorter in nyc and her search for love, friends, jobs (or at least money), sex, and more drugs. But she’s not drinking anyway, or at least that’s what she says, in between hangovers. Frank and philosophical, sexy and degrading. A [...]

    3. pre-read: 80s punk grrl, previously published in Vice, and rec'd by Dave Eggers? Done.mid-read: This book really should have been amazing but it is taking a supreme force of will to finish it. It's really overwritten and super angsty and self-pitying and druggy and thwarted-desire-filled. I know these are usually things I love, but it's just not coming together for me here. I had lunch with some ladies from Alloy yesterday and they gave me a copy of 666 Park Avenue; and so now the prospect of fi [...]

    4. Although I loved the vivid prose ultimately Zippermouth left me unsatisfied. The novel started out strong but just kept spinning. The novel can be summarized as: drugs, flashbacks to past drug use, hangovers, withdrawals, temp jobs and yearnings for meaningful relationships that were built-up in her mind to be more than they ever could be in reality which led to rehab and then. drugs, etc. (second verse, same as the first).

    5. Hmmm I thought I would love this book more than anything and Iked it? Or, more accurately, in rare moments I really loved it and found it the most relatable ever (like the bit about her doing laundry in a fit of 'this will be just the start of a clean new life': she brings the clean laundry back from the laundromat and throws it on her bed and maybe 2 days later puts it into piles and even though her dresser drawers are only 2 feet away, they stay there and they sort of slough off the bed onto t [...]

    6. Excellent writing, not a wrong word or ill-constructed sentence in this short novel.However, reading it made me feel old. I wanted to shake the self-indulgent main character while imploring her to pull her sh*t together, treat herself and those around her like humans and get back to me when you have a real story to tell. And doesn't that sound like a cranky old lady talking?

    7. wineandabook/2012/05/02/re"Outside my window it was cold, bare trees shaved in a bitter wind. Or maybe it was summer, who can know. The TV's dismal flow leaked across my sheets. Jesus, close eyes. What did the day used to be like. I drifted to a memory of a happy time when I brought home a poem in second grade about clouds. "Clouds" was misspelled: The fluffy clods are floating in the sky. My mother's loving laughter, my beautiful young mother, at the time she would've been thirty-one, her laugh [...]

    8. So many amazing quotes it's hard to summarize -- try these:"In one of the photos tacked up inside my teenage closet, Vivien leans into the lens and smiles, glamorous in the low-cut red velvet robe she wore in Gone With the Wind when Rhett takes her upstairs and rapes her, at which point she blossoms into the fullness of her love." "Oh my god you just want to be the smoke pulled between her lips. What happens when you get inside a person anyway, up that close, inside their mouth? Nothing. It's li [...]

    9. maybe this sums it up.“My desires and options are autumn leaves, their leisurely spiral erratic with updrafts and dips, teasing feints and side swirls. How tantalizing is each leaf! Yet how impossible to attend its performance all the way to the ground!” (153)

    10. A priority book I finally read this week just because its pink spine was standing out to me in a grey aisle of the university library while I was there to pick up a different book so it's like what the hell I'll read it NOW ~Pg 82 in which Jane, the friend she is in love with, is in her bed talking about how lonely and sad she is in spite of the narrator's presenceDescribing the process of doing laundry, comparing it to a desert war zone lololHow you always forget that you need a sponge brush un [...]

    11. What’s Going On? with. this. book! I have no idea. Bad writing is when I read it and have no idea what was on the page and don't care to reread it because it's uninteresting anyway. I close the book and have no sense of it at all other than an easily forgettable mass of stream of consciousness. I think the trick to writing like this is to make it more interesting than the readers' own constant stream otherwise they unknowingly tune out.This book brings to mind that 4 Non Blonds song. And the w [...]

    12. This book is a series of snapshots, a house of cards of stacked Polaroids whose ambition it is to awaken an appreciation for the profoundly transient qualitative aspects of existence. It's filled with crazy wisdom, insight derived by an intense penchant for honest self-reflection, truly inspired poetic flourishes, and an intrepid sense for deployment of metaphor and analogy. Weeks succeeds in rescuing dignity from depravity, and humor lights up the text in delightful and unexpected ways. It's ap [...]

    13. The fact that it's blurbed by Michelle Tea and Eileen Myles should be enough to get you to read this thing. Holy wow. Loose and non-linear, messy and gorgeous. So many perfectly delicious sentences. I found myself grinning on the subway at this book because it's just right, dark and hilarious and desperate all at once.

    14. Maddening and fantastic. Sometimes I wanted to shake the book/protagonist while at the same time I was in love with the inventive language and unapologetic persistence of the narrator. The language kept surprising me, over and over. I wanted to underline something on every page. And for that I'll give it five stars.

    15. I went into the novel having high expectations and I think if you go into any novel with high expectations you are likely to be disappointed. The writing was wonderful but it felt scattered and uninteresting to me at times because it was the same substance ridden crazy NewYork life story that I have read a multitude of times!!! Definitely short and interesting but also super hopeless.

    16. Oy. I want to write a novel this funny and heartbreaking and beautiful! And while you can accuse Zipper Mouth of having a loose, rambling plot (the book seems to suffer from ADD but I mean this in the best possible way), it's still one hell of a ride--a consistently engaging, thoughtful, gorgeous piece of fiction.

    17. This is a brilliant brilliant novel. It bounces between kinds of perverse innocence, it reaches and retreats. It is reactive. It is punk. It is girl. It is abject and superhero. It is like if Lynda Barry's girl-children found themselves adult, addicted, in the city. Nobody writes mental-chemical vicissitudes so charmingly or acurately as Laurie Weeks. It is true.

    18. excellent, excellent, excellent. i read part of this out loud to my mom and she just cracked up. laurie weeks' stream of consciousness prose is really effective and contributes to the wonderful, dreamy sense of timelessness. this is one of those books where you use up three red pens because you just want to underline the entire thingfinitely hoping to read more from her !

    19. Plot's not the point here, but if you're looking for forceful, poignant, funny writing, then this will do the trick. A quick read that is laced with whip-smart sentences, Zipper Mouth neatly captures a New York lifestyle and time that rings completely true.

    20. I'm very conflicted about this novel - it definitely made me feel things. It had that gripping mentality of The Bell Jar that swoops on me and has me hypersensitive to my own mental demons. It reminds me that I too could slip into its grasp at any moment. I enjoyed it but did I understand the point? Not really. What was the ending? Was there one? I can't deny some of the wording is beautiful and capturing and accurate. Unfortunately could get lost a little.

    21. this novel is remarkable in a lot of ways, but it is fluent in the language of the downward spiral. our narrator bounces back and forth between flashbacks of childhood obsessions and brief flashes of parental and neighborhood violence with her current day obsessions and addictions. as she falls in love (lust? jane has no real distinguishing characteristics) her new obsession interestingly parallels her addiction to heroin (among other things) and the novel begins a slow drift toward chaos. its a [...]

    22. A fun, highly confusing read. Definitely grimy, but with a playful prose style. no real narrative, but it's short and creates a compelling environment.

    23. Summary: Selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading . "Laurie Weeks' Zipper Mouth is a short tome of infinitesimal reach, a tiny star to light the land."--Eileen Myles, author of Inferno Zipper Mouth is a brilliant rabbit hole of pitch-black hilarity, undead obsession, the horror of the everyday, and drugs drugs drugs."--Michelle Tea, co-founder of Sister Spit In this extraordinary debut novel, Laurie Weeks captures the freedom and longing of life on the edge in New York City. [...]

    24. junkie ramblings. witticism. hangover. codeine. coke. witticism. dope. lesbian in love with her best friend. weed. dope. dope. fun. endless puking. booze. unrequited love. witticism. dope. dope. fun. booze. dope. detox. witticism. dope. fun. unrequited love. hangover. dope. weed. dope. witticism. dope. fun. dope. dope. weed. endless puking. booze. unrequited love. hangover. dope. dope. fun. witticism. coke. unrequited love. booze. witticism. dope. endless puking. fun. dope. booze. dope. fun. han [...]

    25. Definitely filed on the stranger end of my book shelf. Weeks is incredibly skilled at stream-of-consciousness writing, and the poor main character's swings between heartache and blackouts demonstrates how the chaos addicts create around themselves pales in comparison to the internal chaos they try to numb with drugs. Anyone who's felt led-on or woken up with the suspicion their life may have fallen apart can appreciate this story. While the unreliable narrator makes sense in this story, there ar [...]

    26. This book was utter brilliance. It was as if the beat tradition of Kerouac and Burroughs had been done today, written by a queer woman living in New York in the 21st century. The writing style was frantic and yet also insightful. It was like a big stream of conciousness of all the different thoughts you go through, when high, when strung out, when falling madly in love with someone you shouldn't, how your childhood affects you, being poor, unemployed, surviving and partying. For me the thing tha [...]

    27. My friend Keke gave me this book for my birthday. Weeks never lets you know where one day ends and the other begins, but I was never lost. I trusted and I wasn't let down. I drifted in and out of her life with her. I love autobiographies by poets like Eileen Myles' Inferno (2010) and I like that not everything is so obvious, but at the same time brutally honest. I love how she talks about her painful crush on her cool best friend, and also about how she wishes she could have been with Vivien Lei [...]

    28. I don't know if I'm missing something, but I really didn't enjoy this. I found the heroine to be annoying, egotistical, whiny, self-pitying, and racist (wanting to be a Native American from long ago because it's sooo romantic/exotic, making fun of people who don't speak english, etc). This book was felt too long for such a short read and didn't really go anywhere. I couldn't even really like the main character as an anti-heroine, she was just completely unrelatable to me and more often than not [...]

    29. Drug-addled hazy tale of unrequited love and failure to perform at temp jobs. I almost quit reading this at the beginning and had very mixed feelings about it until halfway through. Then, suddenly, I fell in with the non-linear narration and was so glad I had kept going. There are so many brilliant bits! A certain artfulness with how the narrative creates some sense of forward motion even while constantly folding back in upon itself. It's been a long time since a book has so thoroughly changed m [...]

    30. Zippermouth is difficult and surprising and beautiful and funny and annoying and orininal and frightfully, disconcertingly non-linear. Now, non-linearity for non-linearity's sake is tedious and despicable. But weeks uses her abstract, surreal, and associative flights of verbal fancy to create impressions that couldn't be created any other way. You might call the book poetic, but that makes it sound precious, which it isn't. What is it then? Well, if I may be permitted to dredge up some slang fro [...]

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