Slim Volume

Slim Volume

by Glenn Hopkins

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Overview

"Glenn Hopkins is an American Original. Names like Johnny Appleseed, Woody Guthrie, Will Geer, and Walt Whitman come to mind."
---Backstage West

"A familiar figure on the Los Angeles theatre scene, Glenn Hopkins has written over twenty plays... melodramatic and hilarious, brash and sensitive, frustrating yet ultimately rewarding....Hopkins writes from the heart, exploring human verities as well as human foibles. His integrity and purpose shine through..."
---Drama-Logue

For the first time Playwright, Green Party activist, muck-raker, educator, Methodist and "Radical Faerie" Glenn Hopkins reveals the complexities of one who both needs much from, and offers much to society. Poems, research, articles, almost-poems, dreams, MRS. ROOSEVELT (a one-woman play), songs,, stories, politics, fervent prayer all come at the reader within the framework of a journal kept from Labor Day, 2004 to Easter Sunday, 2005.

Hopkins' writing for the stage has been:

"outrageous...refreshing...intriguing...important...worthwhile." ---The Daily Bruin

"infused with lyric imagery...billowing...lovely...fun..." ---The Hollywood Reporter

"gorged with ideas...admittedly wild...a literary volcano" ---Cleve Herman, KFWB

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436348706
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 08/28/2009
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

"Glenn Hopkins is an American Original. Names like Johnny Appleseed, Woody Guthrie, Will Geer, and Walt Whitman come to mind."
---Backstage West

"A familiar figure on the Los Angeles theatre scene, Glenn Hopkins has written over twenty plays... melodramatic and hilarious, brash and sensitive, frustrating yet ultimately rewarding....Hopkins writes from the heart, exploring human verities as well as human foibles. His integrity and purpose shine through..."
---Drama-Logue

For the first time Playwright, Green Party activist, muck-raker, educator, Methodist and "Radical Faerie" Glenn Hopkins reveals the complexities of one who both needs much from, and offers much to society. Poems, research, articles, almost-poems, dreams, MRS. ROOSEVELT (a one-woman play), songs,, stories, politics, fervent prayer all come at the reader within the framework of a journal kept from Labor Day, 2004 to Easter Sunday, 2005.

Hopkins' writing for the stage has been:

"outrageous...refreshing...intriguing...important...worthwhile." ---The Daily Bruin

"infused with lyric imagery...billowing...lovely...fun..." ---The Hollywood Reporter

"gorged with ideas...admittedly wild...a literary volcano" ---Cleve Herman, KFWB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A high-speed private tour of the life of a truly original American playwright, Slim Volume, the autobiography of Glenn Hopkins, offers a full cabinet of curiosities. Getting used to his non-linear form of writing might require some adjustment--time changes, overlapping memories mixed with stories, poems, excerpted dialogs and lyrics from his plays and musicals, scientific and medical research and the Green political platform loosely injected into a foundation of Hopkins' journal entries between Labor Day, 2004-Easter, 2005. It spirals through topics until what is at first confusing, becomes more clear with each pass. Personal disclosures provide speed bumps--jolting each time the author reveals something of a perhaps "too personal" nature. Why should bodily functions be kept private, Hopkins prompts. We all share in having animal bodies and instincts--lust, hunger, the urge to cleanse, the drive to procreate. On a physical level, we're all human beings and thus 99.9% the same. Why not just admit it, get over it, and get on with real issues? Hopkins tests the Puritan comfort envelope by grabbing verboten subjects: bodily functions, sexuality (homo- and hetero-), politics, money, and The Church--and running a virtual marathon with them. He forces the question, "How can we be polite when we are faced with the realities of racism, xenophobia, homophobia, AIDS, preachers who openly teach hatred, so-called "Christians" who desecrate the Golden Rule, regressive, corrupt politicians and regimes, and increasing environmental degradation?" The point being, that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to disconnect from our essential animal nature. Too arrogant to own that we are made of this Earth, or too timid or polite to come out about it, we wonder why we feel that the world is going to Hell in a hand-basket. All the while thinking that we are not, somehow, interconnected or responsible. What Slim Volume --named for Hopkins' father--reveals about Hopkins himself, is that he just may have the heart of a true Christian--a loving, most radical kind. Indeed as a Radical Faerie, Green Party activist, practicing Methodist/Congregationalist, career adult English teacher to L.A.'s immigrants, and devoted father and family man, Glenn Hopkins offers his own life experience as an example of a man's search for redemption and integration. Take it as a flashlight in the dark for the timid, terminally polite or chronically hateful, disconnected and, thus, disintegrated society we share. Having written over 20 plays, tackling such a diversity of issues as class-ism, drug addiction, sexism and extinction, Hopkins brings spice and depth to his diary. Equal parts art, social commentary and light opera, the activist's hymns alone are worth the price of admission. The world is insisting upon human beings becoming more compassionate and harmonious with each other as our home planet. In this mission, Slim Volume goes the distance, offering enriching, en-lightening perspectives on family love and the institution of marriage, emigration and the American Dream in the 21st Century. The author manages to do this with an inextinguishable, infectious joy in the miraculous physicality of being. In the process of navigating us through his journal of days, we get the bonus of watching a gifted talent synthesize new paradigms in search of the forms that are shaping our era. It is an exciting true adventure--and a very hopeful one.