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Crazy Enough: A Memoir by Storm Large
Crazy Enough: A Memoir

Randy Blazak, January 14, 2012

I just finished this amazing book a few minutes ago in Portland coffee shop so it might take a while to process. There has been a shift in the publishing world from celebrity autobiographies to memoirs allowing non-celebrities to share stories from their lives that are might actually be meaningful. While Storm is a supernova rockstar to those of us in the Rose City, this is really the story of a life not always well-lived that is moving and passionate. She is a rock star in her mind and that serves as a defensive posture to wrestle with a childhood that seems more like a game of hide-and-seek with sadistic demons. It’s clear that walking the tight rope between normality and the manic anxiety about not being normal was the crucible that produced this brilliant artist that we tightly hold to our breast here in Portland. She is a powerful Viking warrior, free to plunder and pillage at will. And if you try to hurt her we will rip you fucking spine out through your left eye socket.

There will be those that want to focus on the sex, drugs, and rock and roll in Crazy Enough. Yeah, there’s plenty of that; heroin, abortion, Tommy Lee, and fans that tattoo your name on their emaciated bodies. But the guiding narrative is Storm’s relationship (and then the absence of it) with her institutionalized mother. The revelations at the end of the book had me in tears. Storm’s ability to retain her empathy through all this has proven that she is, in fact, not insane. That she has turned this life into a compelling story that readers will not be able to put down shows she is a insanely talented artist. There were too many nights that I stayed up “just one more hour” to continue reading.

The thing I wanted to say most in this review is that Storm Large can fucking write. Yeah, her songs are great and she’s hot and she does not hold back anything. But she can slam words together in a way that makes me think Charles Bukowski is alive and well in her fingers. You can open any random page and find a sentence that just smacks of brilliance. Here, I’ll show you. Page 149, “Anything that touched me sent a crazy acid-splash sensation that shocked my nerves. Satin, worn raw silk, even a baby’s breath would have felt like razor wire.” Her sharp descriptive style has caused me to reflect on my own ability as a writer.

While there will be those who will gain a vicarious thrill from Storm’s bohemian life, like a 21st Century Van Gogh, Crazy Enough is a manifesto of survival. All the shit you go through in life is fuel. You have the power to turn that into something meaningful that will last long after you are a handful of ashes drifting off to sea. "Everything you experience today is part of the story tomorrow."
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