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MY WAY BACK FROM DENVER AND WHEN I LANDED way back from Denver and when I landed friend of mine asked me how my flight was and I tried to describe this book and I feel like I utterly failed To say it s a book about a love triangle is so hollow to say it s a book about sexuality romance AIDS fear shame hope and death is a bit closer I tried to explain that it follows the protagonist across decades from New York to Idaho to Oregon from lover to lover from pre status to post status but it still feels like I m just scratching the surface here This is an epic beautiful story that will stick with me for a long time and I ll say the same thing here that I ve said to everyone else Tom Spanbauer is one of the best living writers today and The Sea and the Mirror you re just foolish ifou re not reading his books I picked this book up on a whim at a BarnesNoble on a table with contemporary fiction of note as I was buying a travel guide for a coming trip thinking it s always good to have a book when traveling because Jean Baudrillard, Art and Artefact you never know whenou ll be stuck in the airport or somewhere and the inside front cover and back cover were full of glowing reviews and I thought man it s been a while front cover and back cover were full of glowing reviews and I thought man it s been a while I read any contemporary LGBT fiction and given a part of the novel takes place in my neighborhood in the mid80s I thought this should be interesting and how could I go wrongApparently I could go very wrongIt s Spanbauer s style that really made every page of this a pissing me off experience his sentence fragments clipped awkward the fragment dammit the fucking fragment what it s doing his constant repetitions his insertion of phrases and citations from songs and ads and other pop effluvia groan his peppering of the text with what I assume are intended to be subtle truths and profound aphorisms on sweat dance men Five pages in and I knew I hated his styleAnd all this coming through Spanbauer s 1st person narrator Ben the wretched guilt obsessed Catholic trembling weepy frightened often pettyjealous gaybi writerstudentteacher suffering from erectile disfunction and later AIDS It s pretty hard to want to follow him on his 20 Traité de neuropsychologie clinique de l'adulte, Tome 2 - Rééducation year journey when the tics of his style and obsessive repetitions Big Ben Little Ben the filament in his chest the most miserable at the bottom of hell and uirky citations Portnoy s complaint dead Lorca Atlas shrugs ifou can make it here L'Affaire Plican you ve come a long way babe swallow all the air in the roomI also didn t find that the narrator truly made a case for why Hank was so fascinating so worthy of his love and obsession I didn t see the magic I just saw some big ol Joe with dark eyes and broad shoulders Calling a guy a saint and a guardian and describing his roman nose and laughter and farts isn t enough to make me believe he s worth falling in love with And I certainly didn t see why Hank or anyone would be drawn to Ben What are Hank and Ruth and Buster and Andy seeing that I don t see Hell if I know And given that everything in the story is predicated upon the narrator s love for Hank and their friendship what s one to doAnd don t get me started on how the narrator treats Ruth The 1st person male narration doesn t leave much room for her pains and frustrations And while it s surely unintentional I felt a fair amount of misogyny in Ben s appraisal of their relationshipOn a narrative level especially in the first half of the book Spanbauer s writing feels sloppy unedited unrevised or over revised The story is constantly cut with asides and memories and tidbits scenes end abruptly then pick up later after some curtain has dropped flashbacksforwards abound but none of this with a Proustian or Faulknerian hallucinatory control it just feels lazy And it s very frustratingI will say that the second half of the book from the Idaho trip Hank Ben establecieron una profunda amistad en el Nueva York de los años ochenta mientras aprendían a convertirse en escritores Hank era heterosexual Ben a pesar de haber estado con.
Tom Spanbauer ´ 0 DownloadThe Lego Architect you start numbering pages in the storyou really should restart at 1 The layout is about as awkward as Catholic schoolboy at his first screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show I am unsure if this fed upness is intentionalSadly Spanbauer s just not the author for me This book reminded me of Fight Club but not in the way A Grammar of Kham you d think It s not about guys beating the shit out of each other at least not on the surface But it is a simila First of all the pub date is April 1st 2014 Butou can order this NOW direct from Hawthorne books Link Link were so many things I took away from Tom Spanbauer s workshop But two of them really stood out in this book and stood out in a way where I can recommend the book to anybodyThe first one that a writer should tell a story the way he would tell it to a dear friend he hasn t seen in L Amour Fou de Dieu years 2 cocktails in You pick upour old friend at the airport De brevitate vitae you say Have I got a story forou But first I need a drink Right in the middle of that second Ginger Whale a drink that some idiots call a Highball missing the obvious combination of the words whiskey and ginger ale Signaler un problème you start in This book it s like that Except betterYou know howour friends have one or two really great stories Tom Spanbauer is the friend who has dozens More than dozens Some of them are sad some are hilarious A lot of them are a lot Than One Thing All Of Them Are one thing All of them are and all of them are told just rightThe beauty is sometimes when a friend has this many great stories Un monstre dans les céréales you kind of hate that person You know every part of his or her life is Epic Life Changing Really Made Me Re Evaluate But this book this book strikes the perfect balance You believe the narrator You want to hear how his stories end But he s not in it to make himself out to be the heroThe second thing uoting another author he said that a reader should be brought to his knees riven before the event It s a great description of how it feels to finish a great book You just don t know what to do next You sit there holding it closed and it s hard to believe that everything happened in between those covers The book feels larger heavier It s hard to believe afterou read a book like
I Loved You More that these things didn t happen to EVERYBODY That ou can t go up to people andLoved You More that these things didn t happen to EVERYBODY That ou can t go up to people and Remember when Ben and Hank went to that book thing in Idaho and The book this book It felt like the whole world My heart was in a meat grinder reading this and it felt damn good So good I m going to read it again Everyone should read at least one Tom Spanbauer jam in their life His words and syntax are what major publishing houses miss when they recruit new talent and his wizardry is unbridled excellence in literary culture This jam s just another example of Spanbauer magic a story about a middle aged gay man who d experienced life as a straight man and doesn t want to spend his time with so many lost Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination years lacking the love he d alwaysearned This he found in a strapping man Hank although ten Lippenbekenntnisse years his senior There s much to the story than that but I don t like to write too much about a good jam th. Mujeres un homosexual en toda regla En los años noventa Bena sin Hank Chasing McCree Chasing McCree y enfermo de sida se enamoró de Ruth una de sus estudiantes de escritura creativa en PortlandEl día ue Hank apa. At might spoil the story for others When Tom Spanbauer releases a new bookou drop everything I love this man Each time though I forget how much emotional and psychic energy he wrings out of me what Impossible Things you go through body and soul You can t read them passivelyou ve got to give to get back he gives ou no choice I always come out the other end changed feeling alive connected to the practice of being alive All I can say is I didn t ever want to stop reading this novel On the last page I cried in front of "My Cat I Want To Thank Mr "cat I want to thank Mr for his generosity
of spirit here Because this was divine and it was openspirit here Because this was divine and it was open and I don t think I ve ever read a better book I closed the final page of this novel and couldn t move And then the tears cameSpanbauer has written a novel so painful and honest that at times it felt like a physical punch to the gut This a piece of work that ou immerse Wachten op Apollo yourself in I lived these characters livesNow I m going to spend the rest of my day feeling not uite sure what to do with myself because I m still processing all these feelings Chelsea Cain Chuck Palahniuk Cheryl Strayed Monica Drake Just a few of the names who talk Tom SpanbauerLast week it was announced that Tom Spanbauer has been awarded the Steward H Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for contributions to Oregon s literary life Spanbauer has been running a regular workshop in Portland for decades and the amount of writing talent in and out of his door is staggering Indeed than 30 of Spanbauer s workshop students have gone on to publish their own workIt s a great and prestigious award but just for a moment I want to forget about Spanbauer s students about his impact on literature today Forget that he was a student of Gordon Lish famous editor of Raymond Carver and others along with Amy Hempel Forget all these other people I want to forget about that big picture stuff and talk about this book Just this one book I Loved You More is the most beautiful book I ve ever read Period The words the sentences the way the story fits together it reads like nothing I ve read before Ifou re someone who prides herself on reading great prose this is a book Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) you need to pick up Ifou re an aspiring writer this is something Callisthnie - La musculation globale you need to read to experienceAnd not only are the words beautiful the story the characters are beautiful as well The narrator Ben is a beautiful flawed and real person Hank is the same way Every character in this book feels real in a way that most characters do not They feel like people who existed a long time before the book started like people who have lived real lives before the book startedThere s something that Tom Spanbauer says to his students Whenou go to write a story he tells And the Ass Saw the Angel you to imagine thatou re meeting an old friend You haven t seen this friend for a long long time and the two of Why We Want You to Be Rich you meet up and have a drink together And it s somewhere aroundour second cocktail that Nationalism: Critical Concepts in Political Science you re ready to tellour friend this story our big
from the few ears Write the story the way Girl With No Job: The Crazy Beautiful Life of an Instagram Thirst Monster you d tell it toour best friend after two cocktailsReading this book for most of us it s as close as we ll get to sitting with Tom Spanbauer having a couple cocktails and hearing one of the world s greatest storytellers tell one of the world s greatest stories Pete Tom s a favorite of mine and and every time I pick up one of his novels This one though I ll be honest my favorite author is Chuck Palahniuk not Tom Spanbauer but this one though This book is by far the most significant book I ve ever read my FAVORITE book now too It s in my opinion the best modern book on the shelf Don t miss outAlso anyone who s ignorant enough to mistreat homosexuals To Dream in the City of Sorrows you ought to read this too it ll makeou feel like such an ass and maybe ou ll get it then. Reció de nuevo en escena nada pudo evitar ue se cumpliera auella famosa regla del tres según la cual a un trío siempre se le acaba sumando un cuarto o restando uno Ben uien uedó fuera. ,story from the