An American Dream by Norman Mailer.
Whoa! WTF??!!! This book makes anything by Hunter S. Thompson such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and by Bret Easton Ellis such and American Psycho, and other controversial pieces of American culture such as the band Guns and Roses’ Appetite For Destruction album, the video game Grand Theft Auto and the output of the rap group N.W.A look like a Hallmark cards with Ziggy on them, purely G rated. OMG.
An American Dream is freakier than William Burrough’s Naked Lunch, simply because Naked Lunch is like a cartoon–it’s so over the top and disjointed that it becomes somewhat predictable and overly tiresome, and its gross parts are just too fantastical, gross, dumb, and stupid–it’s all told through the hallucinations of a heroin junkie. But “An American Dream” is much more realistic and plausible in its narration…
The core themes of An American Dream are–actually, they are too crazy for me to even list here. This book could basically could take place in like one day, just one big hallucinatory, sleep deprived nightmare of…well, once again, too crazy for me to list here. It may change your outlook on the shape of American culture, especially literature. Makes for bracing, revolting/and or cathartic, shocking, eye-opening reading. Definitely XXX rated, well, is there XXXX rated???
Random facts: Norman Mailer stabbed his second wife, nearly killing her. He wrote an essay called “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster, ” which is “is an essay by Norman Mailer that recorded a wave of young white people in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s who liked jazz and swing music so much that they adopted black culture as their own.”
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