Bad Habits: A Love Story

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Soft Skull Press, Aug 28, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Twenty-five-year-old graphic artist Cristy Road embarks on an uncensored and largely autobiographical tour of an underground world, one full of wild characters and personal revolutions. In her circle, drugs are cheap, ubiquitous, and sometimes feel like the only way out, and Road’s street psychopharmacology results in experiences that are both revelatory and tragic. Writing in a tradition of some of the finest transgressive authors, such as Jean Genet, William S. Burroughs, and Kathy Acker, Road depicts the damaged soul and psyche of her young protagonist with language as violent as the street and sex as raw as the language. Somewhere along this hyperreal tour, our heroine learns to leave her bad habits behind and emerge stronger and more independent, clean and open to love.

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User Review  - MariaKhristina - LibraryThing

When I first started to read this book I wanted to love it. I enjoy Cristy Road's illustrations, liked her other graphic novel and loved the issues of her zine that I had read. But at first I couldn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - LizaHa - LibraryThing

umm i basically loved this. it hits like the sloppy note of messy teenage feelings just right. too many dudes for my taste though. Read full review

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Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty

Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter TwentyOne

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About the author (2008)

Cristy C. Road attended the Ringling School of Art and received a bachelor’s degree in illustration. She began writing and drawing fanzines (Greenzine, Androgynous Sanity) in 1994, at which time her art and writing were devoted to the punk rock subculture. She continued to write Greenzine for ten years, toured with punk rock bands, and documented her nomadic existence—analyzing it through political lens. At this time, Cristy Road's work focused on issues of sexuality, race, and gender, and she began to contribute her work to radical causes and groups working toward social justice [CIW, Incite!, NACLA, The Icarus Project]. She has worked in independent publishing as a zine writer and spent many years attending zine conferences, tabling, and presenting. In 2004, the year she stopped publishing Greenzine, she released Indestructible (Microcosm Publishing), an illustrated memoir about being a queer, Latin, punk rock teenage girl in Miami, FL.

She works as a freelance illustrator as well as a writer, and over the past two years has given readings and showings of her art throughout the country at various events including a national tour with Sister Spit in Spring of '07.

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