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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 sHollywood & 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....

Title : HollywoodGod
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ISBN : 9780226673394
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 88 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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HollywoodGod Reviews

  • Peter Landau
    2019-01-03 03:00

    I judge a book by its cover. HOLLYWOOD & GOD has a great cover, a painting of a desk full of ephemera before an open window at night with a full moon on the rise. I also judge a book by its blurbs. HOLLYWOOD & GOD has a blurb from Greil Marcus, as well as raves from the trades. I judge a book as well by its size. HOLLYWOOD & GOD is less than 75 pages long. All these factors played a part in my purchase of Robert Polito's collection of poetry and personal remembrances. I had not known Polito's work, but have recently discovered he is an editor of noir novels put out by the Library of America and the author of a biography on Jim Thompson. And the poems and personal remembrances are good. My three-stage buying strategy has not failed me yet.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-24 01:44

    The mix-n-match of celebrity culture with the detritus of a religious education is startling. However too many poems have references I can't get (just look in the notes at the end to see where he pulls them from, and you may find yourself in the same boat.)

  • Jeff Jackson
    2019-01-17 19:55

    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.

  • Ba Jin
    2019-01-10 20:54

    The prose poems are excellent. Well-made long sentences, but not too lush.

  • Ahk
    2019-01-21 00:59

    Not my thing