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Bobby, now known as Nash, runs an alternative book store. lots of interesting explorations of sincerity vs. irony/appropriation, certainty vs. uncertainty, authenticity vs. mediated experience, nostalgia vs. forgetting, etc etc etc. Recommend reading in one sitting. Show some respect.] One of the best examples of "show, don't tell" that I've ever come across. Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance. Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax. 1972. Mary and Bobby have taken part in an operation that sets off bombs in the homes of CEOs responsible for the manufacture of explosives during the Vietnam War. Perhaps this novel was written just for me! Eat The Document ( 1967) by roberto dylan. I don't see much point regurgitating plot for you, that's everywhere. . Eat The Document Bob Dylan (Actor, Director), Johnny Cash (Actor), D.A. It's a better novel than her most recent one, Stone Arabia. Maybe it's because she's not a dude that she's not considered up there. I don't see much point regurgitating plot for you, that's everywhere. And made dishes including spaghetti, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, tacos ,etc. It is fantastic. There is an old adage in writing programs: "show, don't tell." often actually through the narrative rather than just in conversation which is a plus -- I mean that's why you read novels rather than essays right? i loved the parallels between mary - the weather underground-ish activist turned melancholic quasi-soccer mom - and jason, her precocious, beach-boys-obsessed son. I participated in my share of protests against the Vietnam War and the tragedy of Kent State. Reviews Scribner published Dana Spiotta’s first novel, Lightning Field, in 2001. If you wanted to, you could look at it that way, and you might find you aren't wasting your life. And it used just the right level of Mimento-like flashes to pull you along without losing you in excessive complexities of detail. The main characters of Dana Spiotta's magnificent second novel, Eat the Document, they were once in love, but spend all but a few pages of the book intentionally distant and out of communication--fugitives after executing a political bombing in the '70s that went awry. It's a better novel than her most recent one, Stone Arabia. Many obvious references are made (such as the title of the novel) but there are some more subtle ones, such as the title of an underground bookstore in our present, which is named Prairie Fire. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The books opens with Mary changing her name and deciding where to go to create a new life for herself. But, Spiotta brings everythi. To be enthralled by something, anything. I. At any rate every time I read something by those dudes, and many ot. Its successes and its flaws are all so widespread, it's as if I'd found the Platonic form of the Contemporary Novel. I think Dana Spiotta should be considered right up there amongst the pantheon that includes such notables as Franzen, Lethem, Lipsyte, Foer, etc. An ambitious and powerful story about idealism, passion, and sacrifice, Eat the Document shifts between the underground movement of the 1970s and the echoes and consequences of … This book is so perfect. I don't know a single person who talks like this, but every character in this book does. Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK. A book handling that sounds bloated and unapproachable, but not in Spiotta’s hands, her vision is almost clinical but somehow remains human. Nothing was wrong with the book: decent characters, an interesting premise (60's political activists gone underground after one of their protests turns deadly... good headline stuff! Double Feature! There’s this mess of lives intertwined, consequences, loss. plus the tension level was high and the vibe was not hopelessly bleak despite the objectively incredibly bleak and scary narrative, which is a feat I appreciate. The story of a 1970s radical, Mary, who has to go underground, it bounces between her past and the late 90s where she lives as a single mom to a musiciphile son. In a desperate attempt to draw attention to the apparently unending horrors of the Vietnam War, Bobby Desoto and Mary Whitaker plant an explosive device in the unoccupied summer house of a munitions manufacturer. The other major thread follows activists in Seattle in the 90s and how they shadow and mimic the movements of the 60s and 70s. I'll just say she hits on things that interest me like 60s/70s radicals, great music, bookstores, well drawn characters. Is there such a thing as a utilitarian book? If you're a progressive activist, or somebody that hangs around in anarchist bookstores and coffeehouses, or have ever lived in a commune, or are music-obsessed hipster, this might be something you'd really like. This novel is really fun and enjoyable to read, but also quite moving and full of important questions of our time about society, rebellion, identity, commodification of subcultures, and more. So it's really nice to read something that sort of covers some of the same contemporary existential and emotional ground, from multiple female (and male) viewpoints, written by a female. She uses her ability as a novelist to impart important American history, the continuing (one hopes) struggle against corporate hegemony, through the life experiences of characters we care deeply about. spiotta does a nice job of documenting (no pun intended) the way the 60's have been archived in people's memories - as an uncertain sore spot for an ex-militant on one hand, and as a treasure trove of obscuro-commodities on the other. In a desperate attempt to draw attention to the apparently unending horrors of the Vietnam War, Bobby Desoto and Mary Whitaker plant an explosive device in the unoccupied summer house of a munitions manufacturer. Use the HTML below. To see what your friends thought of this book. Victoria Savanh (Editorial Intern, Tin House Magazine): I fell hard and fast for Dana Spiotta’s Eat the Document, a novel filled with radicalism, counterculture, pop music, identity, and self-invention, spanning the 1970s through late 90s. This book is worth it for the word "unstoppingly"--God, that adverb made me cry it was so beautiful, its placement so perfect. I found the 90s sections less gripping than Mary's flight and struggles with what she had done and how she had to live as a result. . This novel is really fun and enjoyable to read, but also quite moving and full of important questions of our time about society, rebellion, identity, commodification of subcultures, and more. Bob Dylan's Eat the Document is a documentary that captures the madness that ensued during Dylan and The Hawks' 1966 tour of Europe in which Dylan transformed himself from an acoustic folk singer to a rock ‘n’ roll musician. I actually had less trouble buying this from the teenagers because in my experience many nerdy teenagers are like this -- sounding a bit like they've swallowed a text rather than truly engaged with it critically or assimilated it into their understanding. This one crept up on me as I read it. This is my weird habit of marking places that move me, often for the language or the feeling. (1972). Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. not quite often enough to bump it up to five stars but pretty damn often. Adventure. This darkly fantastical... An ambitious and powerful story about idealism, passion, and sacrifice. More than a portrait of life underground, Eat the Document derives its power from an implicit comparison of '70s radicalism to the pale protests of present-day consumer culture, somehow upholding the idealism and commitment of the earlier period without advocating its violent methods. Or it might really disturb you and piss you off, depending on how seriously you take yourself. We’d love your help. Look back at our favorite moments throughout the year, from award shows to up-close shots of celebrities. It's very difficult for me to express what it is that I find so compelling about Dana Spiotta's writing, but here's a try. She is despairing but understanding and her characters live and breathe and don’t exist to provide punch lines. So are the semiotics related to it. A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. November 28th 2006 Most of the focus of the iconoclasts we meet is on music. . lots of interesting explorations of sincerity vs. irony/appropriation, certainty vs. uncertainty, authenticity vs. mediated experience, nostalgia vs. forgetting, etc etc etc. Her previous novel, Lightning Field, was a New York Times Notable Book, and she has received a number of awards and grants for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize in Literature. [What happened in the second last chapter? Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK. Finally had the chance to read this older novel by Spiotta. Screening with: Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud Todd Haynes, USA, 1985, 16mm, 43m Thirty years on, now living as Louise, Mary must decide whether to give. New favourite author. ― Dana Spiotta, Eat the Document. Still, there are some fine moments -- the droning duet with Johnny Cash, as two generations of bad boys create an otherworldly disharmony, the glimpses of the Band at the peak of their magic, the faces of the young Brits waiting in line for the shows, desperate to be at a scene they were determined not to dig. [(the latter of which, if it is to achieve something concrete for society at large, presumably has to resort to revolutionary methods, otherwise it seems to be confined to the studies of postgraduate bohemia), [one to which, ironically, they had given birth. Maybe my interest in the old 60's romantic revolutionaries flavored my initial attraction, I don't know....But before I knew it, I was drawn in--caring about the characters. The New York Times called it “the debut of a wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life, and an unerring ear for how people talk and try to cope today.” It was a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the West. but yes, some of the characters did sound a little bit too much like cultural theorists. And it isn’t random. I don't know a single person who talks like this, but every character in this book does. Well, not quite, but I did read this surprising novel today. Psychoanalysts sometimes speak of the epistemophilic instinct, an unbridled love of learning that grips scholars like fingernails in their backs. “I wondered if my life was going to be one immersion after another, a great march of shallow, unpopular popular culture infatuations that don't really last and don't really mean anything. not quite often enough to bump it up to five stars but pretty damn often. You know, those dudes. A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. Mary and Bobby have taken part in an operation that sets off bombs in the homes of CEOs responsible for the manufacture of explosives during the Vietnam War. A central source text for I’m Not There, the never-released Eat This Document is as close as any movie comes to being a key to all Dylan mythologies—not least because it’s so rarely screened. It's very difficult for me to express what it is that I find so compelling about Dana Spiotta's writing, but here's a try. A collection of rare outtakes and performances from D A Pennebaker's 1965 classic DONT LOOK BACK. Dylan's attempt at deconstructing or subverting or whatever he was trying to do to his own myth here says a lot about the era and leaves the artist as enigmatic as he ever has been, with the usual alternation between sublime poetry and clunking misfires. a middle-aged man who works at a local Seattle bookstore. It starts simple, and then moves back and forth in time sketching out the narrative and the characters. Finally had the chance to read this older novel by Spiotta. Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. There’s this mess of lives intertwined, consequences, loss. I just love Dana Spiotta. For instance, I wanted to mark this passage: The 1970s were a pivotal time for those in my generation, so I was drawn to "Eat the Document: A Novel." The title Eat the Document comes from a documentary about Bob Dylan's 1966 tour. A book handling that sounds bloated and unapproachable, but not in Spiotta’s hands, her vision is almost clinical but somehow remains human. This one crept up on me as I read it. Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland with the Hawks. Engagingly written, interesting tale of two radicals forced to separate and go underground after a bombing kills an innocent person. It starts simple, and then moves back and forth in time sketching out the narrative and the characters. The book is filled with allusions to pop mus. There is a wealth of observations I found accurate and revealing. Eat the Document was a National Book Award finalist and won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was shot under Dylan’s direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary ‘Don’t Look Back’ chronicled Dylan’s 1965 British tour. Spiotta is a gifted writer who is skilled at revealing truths in poetic language. This is my first experience with this author, and it was a positive one throughout. You know, those dudes. Search for "Eat the Document" on Amazon.com, Title: Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Thirty years later, both are living (unbeknownst to one another) in the Seattle area. Was this review helpful to you? Image: By Rachel Stern. A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. Unlike most of what you see hereabouts, this is required and reflects actual research. This is a very touching, ingenious, and often hilarious study of idealism, protest, violence and obsession among the countercultures of two generations in the US built around a longtime fugitive's life in hiding. this was actually great. Like “And finally she wanted to tell him that the world offered horrendous terms, a terrible, huge price was paid in actual suffering, and if you didn't try to change that or mitigate that, your life was indefensible, wasn't it?” 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 ratings. It is fantastic. Watch this documentary together and discuss why you think this is an appropriate title for Dana Spiotta's novel. Mary Whittaker and Bobby DeSoto have constructed lives for themselves like Popsicle-stick houses: brittle, unfurnished, painstakingly assembled but made to be snapped apart or abandoned in a moment. I have read widely in recollections of the 1960s and in a lot of primary documents, and Spiotta skillfully weaves the enthusiasms and heartbreaks of the era. Refresh and try again. Starting with her love for Bobby, another tester, and chronicling her journey to eventually become a completel I bought a copy of Eat The Document after finishing Stone Arabia , also by Dana Spiotta. Mary Whittaker and Bobby DeSoto have constructed lives for themselves like Popsicle-stick houses: brittle, unfurnished, painstakingly assembled but made to be snapped apart or abandoned in a moment. Perhaps because most American writers are white. Each of the many characters in Eat the Document is introduced at a point in time and developed carefully, richly, slowly, and mysteriously. It speaks to you for a reason. She is despairing but understanding and her characters live and breathe and don’t exist to provide punch lines. The main characters of Dana Spiotta's magnificent second novel, Eat the Document, they were once in love, but spend all but a few pages of the book intentionally distant and out of communication--fugitives after executing a political bombing in the '70s that went awry. It was good enough for me to want to go back to immediately during downtimes but not good enough that I would hesitate to close the book and proceed with my day. Eat the Document. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. What I did do, and will have to un-do, is un-turn all the corners on pages I turned down while reading it. 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