Dancing Queen: A Lusty Look At The American Dream

Dancing Queen: A Lusty Look At The American Dream

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by Lisa Crystal Carver
     
 
Come join literary provocateur Lisa Carver on a hilarious, poignant search for truth and meaning at the end of the 'American Century.' With the same outrageous humor, piercing insight and racy flair that have made her 'zine Rollerderby such a phenomenal counterculture sensation, this idiosyncratic observer digs into her own life and shines the spotlight on Lawrence

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Come join literary provocateur Lisa Carver on a hilarious, poignant search for truth and meaning at the end of the 'American Century.' With the same outrageous humor, piercing insight and racy flair that have made her 'zine Rollerderby such a phenomenal counterculture sensation, this idiosyncratic observer digs into her own life and shines the spotlight on Lawrence Welk and Anna Nicole Smith, white trash and beauty queens, teenage sexual yearnings and Tonya Harding, and other markers of our times.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Maybe lusty isn't quite the word. Maybe raunchy would be better. In these 16 essays, Carver hilariously celebrates her various obsessions, such as sex, "trashy" stuff and herself. This is a lot more amusing than it might seem, even if you're not the type who's interested in someone else's sexual fantasies, hairstyles and ruminations about Anna Nicole Smith, Lawrence Welk, K mart, white trash, underwear, Olivia Newton-John, Tonya Harding vs. Nancy Kerrigan (whom she labels "The Rat Fink and Princess Horsie") and other cultural detritus. The book is worth buying for her roundup of romance novel genres alone. "The plot was a bunch of rich people go shopping," says Carver, perfectly summing up Scruples, although she does appreciate Judith Krantz's ability to write sex scenes. "The delicious Judith Krantz formula is that something horrible happens to youlike your brother or a female neighbor seduces you against your willthus you don't have to admit to wanting sex but you get to have it anyway." Carver's prose is smart, sassy, even endearing. Carver, who has put out a popular 'zine called Rollerderby, sums up her own personality, which is completely reflected in her writing: "I'm zesty and smart and cute and sleazy and direct and confrontational." she says, adding on a more serious note that "Poverty, all the sleazy pleasures and nowhere-left-to-fall freedoms it brings, is half of what made me what I am. The other half of me comes from scrambling to get out." Perhaps she's not to everyone's taste, but in a world of cultural pretension, campy posing and clumsy writing, her feisty and fresh voice is a tonic. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805043921
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
Dance Series
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.46(d)

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Dancing Queen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
fierce,fabulous kidney splittingly funny, best kept secret in the publishing world!!! if i could keep one book in my house for the rest of the time this will always be it.