Ugly Man [NOOK Book]

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"The most dangerous writer in America"* is back with an uncommon book of death and comedy.

Internationally acclaimed writer Dennis Cooper continues to study the material he's always explored honestly, but does so now?in stories?with a sense of awareness and a satirical touch that exploits and winks at his mastery of this world. As it has done for decades, Cooper's taut, controlled prose lays bare the compulsions and troubling emptiness of the human soul.

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Overview

"The most dangerous writer in America"* is back with an uncommon book of death and comedy.

Internationally acclaimed writer Dennis Cooper continues to study the material he's always explored honestly, but does so now—in stories—with a sense of awareness and a satirical touch that exploits and winks at his mastery of this world. As it has done for decades, Cooper's taut, controlled prose lays bare the compulsions and troubling emptiness of the human soul.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The cult novelist's collection of short stories plumbs veins of dark humor amid the sex and gore his fans have come to expect. The contents range from short shorts-a rumination on "The Fifteen Worst Russian Gay Porn Web Sites" and an abortive episode entitled "One Night in 1979 I Did Too Much Coke and Couldn't Sleep and Had What I Thought Was a Million-Dollar Idea to Write the Definitive Tell-all Book About Glam Rock Based on My Own Personal Experience but This Is as Far as I Got"-to longer pieces in which sadistic male characters explore their preoccupations with the murder, mutilation and rape of nihilistic teenaged boys. Stories of the latter group often feature text pared down to dialogue alone or resembling scripts complete with stage directions. The lighter fare, such as it is, provides much needed comic relief, as in the case of "The Anal-Retentive Line Editor," which proceeds through interstitial edits upon a series of drafts of a piece of gay erotica, forming a running conversation and problematic seduction between author and editor. This is classic Cooper: explicit, unconventional and, to the uninitiated, alarming. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
More sexually based offenses from the master, so to speak, of gay sadomasochistic overkill (The Weaklings, 2008, etc.). In this cojone-squeezing collection of 18 mostly fragmentary stories, Cooper considers beautiful young male flesh, as exploited by admirers bent on discovering how it responds to torture, murder and mutilation (though not necessarily in that order). In "Jerk," a creepy performance artist dissects his own "experiences as a drug-addicted, psychotic teen murderer"; elsewhere, a boy who has dispatched his parents and younger brother analyzes his actions and thoughts in conversation with the sympathetic sadist who's about to kill him ("The Hostage Drama"); a male groupie praises the democratic carnal energies of rock and punk celebrities ("One Night in 1979 . . . "); and in "The Ash Gray Proclam-ation," Cooper's feral adolescent death-desirers connect gay rape and murder with al-Qaeda and bin Laden, citing "the jihad that homoeroticism has unleashed on the cute." One of the more intriguing pieces is "Oliver Twink," which comes in the form of an impassioned dialogue between a teen junkie (Chris) and his compassionate "uncle" (iTodd). There's genuine scary power in the story's skillfully paced revelation of a dangerous unequal relationship. But, as usual, Cooper takes it way, way over the top. When his stories invite your empathy, he works like a Trojan (a painfully ribbed one, surely) to celebrate his soulless boy-toys' apocalyptic gamesmanship. Some people call Cooper a maverick moralist and an innovative stylist. Well, some people will swallow almost anything. Author appearances in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco
New York Times Book Review
"Potent and humorous….As always, the need for connection—even if experienced at the level of unspeakable yet intimate violence—as well as the need to expose what lies underneath are Cooper’s main preoccupations."
Time Out New York
"But even in these moments of intense melancholy, Ugly Man has a lightness that Cooper hasn’t achieved elsewhere. Though the collection deals with topics that are shocking, even abhorrent, it is certainly this highly talented author’s most accessible work to date
Vanity Fair
"A disquieting genius."
William Burroughs
"Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061880285
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,064,922
  • File size: 300 KB

Meet the Author

Dennis Cooper is the author of the George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels: Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and Period. His other works include My Loose Thread; The Sluts, winner of France's Prix Sade and the Lambda Literary Award; God, Jr.; Wrong; The Dream Police; and Ugly Man. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Paris.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

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    Not bad- good time killer

    Stories are creative but a little over the top. I wouldn't read many of the stories consecutively.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    These eighteen short stories take a dark amusing look at sex, gore, and gory sex

    These eighteen short stories take a dark amusing look at sex, gore, and gory sex. Ironically the title story is an extreme short yet gets the message across of gore, death and sex. involving a dying diseased person turning hookers into "angels of mercy". Other entries are grosser though there is an ironic humor to most. "Jerk" for instance is an apropos description of a puppeteer. The title of the weird "One Night in 1979 I Did Too Much Coke and Couldn't Sleep and Had What I Thought Was a Million-Dollar Idea to Write the Definitive Tell-all Book About Glam Rock Based on My Own Personal Experience but This Is as Far as I Got" seems longer than the entry. There are also longer contributions starring sadists who are also "ugly men" torturing, mutilating, and raping teenagers. Those tales that are explicit stone serious are not easy to read; nor are the "scripts. On the other hand, those with a mocking edge like "The Anal-Retentive Line Editor" are super as where else can you find a running war between an editor and a writer over the latter's gay erotic thriller. THE UGLY MAN is typical Dennis Cooper as the author will tickle his fans with his pickle while also shocking the sh*t out of newcomers with his quirky look at death, gore, and sex.

    Harriet Klausner

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