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by dharma_bum
Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #10 - You Be the Critic
Replies: 19
Views: 3612

I do feel that the first person narrative gave an illusion of veracity that was totally unjustified. Suec I agree, but the first person narrative was the one device that kept the book interesting, as long as I could tell myself it was fiction. I found all of Stahl's other devices a little too trans...
by dharma_bum
Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #9 - A Vicious Cycle
Replies: 16
Views: 3446

Roscoe was a very tragic figure—abused and falsely accused—but not entirely an innocent one. What he perceived as good—getting roaring drunk and banged up making movies then getting roaring drunk and banged up in bars afterwards—wasn’t really good, not for him or the few people (like Minta and Mabel...
by dharma_bum
Tue Jul 12, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: Kerouac and The Beats
Topic: On The Road Audiobook
Replies: 11
Views: 775

I have a new-found respect for Matt Dillon after seeing him in Crash… I think he might do the book justice. I’ve read On The Road, twice, at very different points in my life. It would be interesting to experience it as an audio book. Although, I’m not sure how a take no prisoners suck the marrow fro...
by dharma_bum
Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:42 pm
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #7 - Men
Replies: 18
Views: 1580

I’m green with envy too… so close but so far away. Out-of-town guests (Zonies from Arizona) kept me from joining the Zoners yesterday. One of the things that has struck me about virtually all the significant relationships in Roscoe life, as envisioned by Stahl (I’m about 1/3 through the book), is th...
by dharma_bum
Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:37 pm
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #5: The skinny Fatty?
Replies: 14
Views: 1151

I don’t think this has to do with weight as much as being afraid that you are publicly loved for your persona and the roles you play rather than who you really are—especially when to two are so divergent. Weight is a protective mask and like humor itself—101 talked about this in the last question. I...
by dharma_bum
Sat Jul 09, 2005 1:36 am
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #4: Funny isn't easy...
Replies: 26
Views: 5040

I think it is hard to get everyone to laugh at the same joke, because a joke is just words. A great comedic performance is not about what’s said, but how it’s visualized by through the actor’s expression, gesture and body language. Think Charlie Chaplin. Think JD as Edward Scissorhands. And yeah, Wi...
by dharma_bum
Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:33 am
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #3: Perceptions
Replies: 31
Views: 4733

Relating that quote specifically to Roscoe,did he actually believe in anything and did he ever come to a clear realisation about himself..self knowledge is the key to understanding others,I think.. Although I’m still reading, my take is that Roscoe never gained self-awareness because that kind of i...
by dharma_bum
Fri Jul 08, 2005 3:53 am
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #3: Perceptions
Replies: 31
Views: 4733

Being on the left coast, as Liz would say, I’m destined to be the last one to the discussion. You all have debated (eloquently I might add), about ugly gap between public perception and private reality. Having just browsed the forums, I saw a perfect example of that. A Zoner posted an article titled...
by dharma_bum
Wed Jul 06, 2005 11:40 pm
Forum: I, Fatty
Topic: I, Fatty Question #1 - Johnny/Fatty
Replies: 31
Views: 2134

I’m playing catch-up (just started the book), but here’s a line that jumped out at me… “So that was show business—the place where everything that gets you myrtilized in real life could get you adored.” JD has talked about being ridiculed (and sometimes bullied) as a kid for not caring about who or w...
by dharma_bum
Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:16 am
Forum: The Monday Night Thread
Topic: ONBC Sunday Night Thread - Your Neck of the Woods
Replies: 129
Views: 7007

Great thread! Sorry, I’m a little late to the party. "Villa Incognito" overlooks the Pacific in Los Angeles. I live in one of the older and more colorful areas of LA with a lot of Craftsman and Spanish architecture that dates back to the 1920s. One of the more famous literary locals was Charles Buko...
by dharma_bum
Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:26 am
Forum: The Libertine
Topic: Your views about a Libertine book, please?
Replies: 13
Views: 1068

I highly recommend the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson (Quicksilver, the Confusion and the System of the World) if any Zoners want to steep themselves in Restoration London and the rest of the world in the late 1600s and early 1700s. These novels are absolutely terrific and really can put the Liber...

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