Hyenaby Jude Angelini
Hyena is a collection of autobiographical stories by Jude Angelini, which takes the reader on his journey of heartbreak, depravity, and hilarity, deftly moving between his adult life and his childhood growing up in a factory town outside of Detroit. Each story is told with brutal honesty, yet maintains a gallows humor that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.
Jude is one of the top hip-hop radio hosts on Sirius Satellite radio. His self-published, print-on-demand edition of Hyena has been an indie bestseller, despite having no ebook or physical distribution. Its exploration of drugs, sex, and the human condition compares to Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Artie Lange, and Jim Norton. It also captures the hardscrabble culture, language, and landscape of post-industrial Detroit, from which came some of pop culture’s most compelling artists.
An explicit collection of stories from the host of The All Out Show on Sirius. On Angelini's radio show, guests are likely to do anything. One—"a little punk rock, porn chick"—urinated on him as foreplay, which must have made for great radio. The author originally self-published this book, though apparently there was enough demand to attract a publisher. Nearly every one of these stories involves impersonal sex either aided or thwarted by drugs that overcome the inherent numbness of the act or reinforce it. "Drug sex is great," he writes. "The only thing better is love sex. But if you can't get that, drug sex is a nice consolation prize." There is little or no "love sex" in these pages, though Angelini expresses plenty of love for his daughter, who lives with her mother, whom he misses. He dedicates the book to both of them and claims that he "figured it out too late." And what did he figure out? It's hard to tell, though he plainly has something of the romantic in him: "Maybe some lady will pick me up, dust me off, and see me for the man I am and not the whore I've been acting like." By the end of this series of short chapters, there is no sense that he is closer to any sort of transformation, though he seems as benumbed by the depravity of a life without purpose or pleasure as readers will be. As for humor, here's a taste: "Every time I go to Flint, I end up at LLT's, this grimy little strip club on Saginaw. They do a five-dollar lap dance, and I know you shouldn't go bargain hunting for your tattoos or sex workers, but I just can't turn down a good deal….Five bucks in Flint is like ten bucks in Detroit. It's the Tijuana of the Midwest." A grating collection from a poor-man's Howard Stern.
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Meet the Author
Jude Angelini was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. He got his start as a guest and comic on The Jenny Jones Show and now hosts his own show, The All Out Show, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He loves reading Elmore Leonard, science fiction, and medieval fantasy, as well as antiquing and playing a good game of backgammon. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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Awesome book for the soul.
I listen to his show on sirius. Great book. Thanks Jude.
I simply could not put it down. The author's vulnerability is moving as he shares even the not so pretty aspects of his life. It's a story of growth and learning to find comfort in your own skin.
Funny, dark, back to funny, it's 152 pages and I'm glad for it. I can only take so much. Good read.
Awesome. Ordered 3 copies only received 2. Still deserves 5 stars.
As I keep saying, Humor is a sign of intelligence... Experience can surpass age. This book is addicting.