Hollywood & God (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 2009 - Poetry - 88 pages
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Hollywood & God is a virtuosic performance, filled with crossings back and forth from cinematic chiaroscuro to a kind of unsettling desperation and disturbing—even lurid—hallucination. From the Baltimore Catechism to the great noir films of the last century to today’s Elvis impersonators and Paris Hilton (an impersonator of a different sort), Robert Polito tracks the snares, abrasions, and hijinks of personal identities in our society of the spectacle, a place where who we say we are, and who (we think) we think we are fade in and out of consciousness, like flickers of light dancing tantalizingly on the silver screen. Mixing lyric and essay, collage and narrative, memoir and invention, Hollywood & God is an audacious book, as contemporary as it is historical, as sly and witty as it is devastatingly serious.

  

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User Review  - Jeff Jackson - Goodreads

If you're a fan of Luc Sante, you'll probably dig these elegantly cut-up film noir poems and sections of prose memoir about a childhood spent in bars transcribing the recollections of a drunken movie starlet turned hooker. Concept: see title. Read full review

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User Review  - Nan - Goodreads

Too big and sloppy. I won't remember any of it in a month. Read full review

Contents

Hollywood Hills
3
A Memoir
5
Paris Hilton Calls on Jesus
12
Two or Three Dreams About
14
Mike the Winger
17
Please Refrain From Talking During The Movie
20
Overheard in the Love Hotel
22
New York School
25
Confidential
41
Shooting Star
43
Sister Elvis
44
Pacific Coast Highway
50
Spicy Detective
51
Riding with the King
52
The Great Awakening
55
Last Seen
60

Three Horse Operas
26
What a Friend
27
Deep Deuce
28
The Harrowing of Dorchester
30
Hollywood God
62
Shame
66
Notes
73
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About the author (2009)

Robert Polito is president of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. He is the author of Doubles, also published by the University of Chicago Press. He was director of the New School Graduate Writing Program, and he received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his biography of novelist Jim Thompson, Savage Art
 

 

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