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My Loose Threadby Dennis Cooper
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Following on from the stunning conclusion to his five-book cycle that was Period, Dennis Cooper reemerges with arguably his finest and most thought-provoking piece of writing. At the heart of the work is Larry, a teenager wrestling not only with his sexuality and the implications of a physical relationship with his younger brother but with the purpose and the reason to his existence. He is numb. Dead. Expression cannot contain reality. Yet ... As the book opens, Larry has been paid $500 by a senior high school student to kill a fellow pupil and retrieve the boy's notebook. It seems simple enough. However, once Larry ventures into the notebook, complications arise. Struck at once by both the beauty of articulation and the horror of its content, Larry longs for such an ability to communicate but feels powerless: is there a place for sincerity or concern, or indeed love? My Loose Thread may share the anarchic sensibility of Cooper's earlier works and touch upon such themes as alienation, obsession, inarticulacy, longing, and frustration, but this is a new Cooper and signals exactly where he is heading as a novelist. The writing is sparse, concise yet open, the consequence being that the reader falls into this world and is surrounded, submerged, and potentially overwhelmed by the text. My Loose Thread is a claustrophobic read and a harrowing piece of fiction that is all the more so for the gracefulness of the language.
"Cooper is a profoundly original American visionary, and the most important transgressive literary artist since Burroughs....An American master." Salon
"Dennis Cooper, God help him, is a born writer." William S. Burroughs
"[Cooper] has come closer than anyone to reanimating the spirit of Burroughs....Haunting." The Village Voice Literary Supplement
"Ever true to his transgressive muse, Cooper opens another shop of horrors....Enough glimpses of the familiar to make a skin-crawling read. In spiteof the taboos being flaunted, this is a remarkable portrait of a soul in hell." Kirkus Reviews
"Elegant prose and literary lawlessness...high-risk literature." The New York Times
"A disquieting genius." Vanity Fair
"Cooper's synaesthetic subliminal metaphors should be outlawed, so quickly and lethally do they sink into your subconscious." Bookforum
Larry is a teenager wrestling not only with his sexuality and his physical relationship with his brother, but with the very point of his existence. When a senior pays him to kill a fellow pupil and retrieve a notebook, it seems simple, but once he delves into the notebook, complications arise.
Larry is a teenager wrestling not only with his sexuality and the implications of a physical relationship with his younger brother, but with the very point of his existence. He is numb to almost all that surrounds him. As the book opens, Larry has been paid $500 by a senior to kill a fellow student and retrieve the boy's notebook. It seems simple enough. However, once Larry delves into the notebook, complications arise. An immensely powerful work that explores teenage depression, moral vacuity, and the confusion of love, this is a claustrophobic and harrowing piece of fiction.
Dennis Cooper's latest novel has emerged as his finest, most thought-provoking and challenging piece of writing yet. At the heart of the work is Larry, a teenager who is struggling to understand not only his sexuality and physical feelings toward his younger brother but also the purpose and reason behind his own existence. Larry is offered $500 to kill a fellow pupil and retrieve the boy's notebook. It all seems straightforward enough. However, once Larry ventures into the notebook, complications arise. Captivated by both the beauty of its articulation and the horror of its content, he longs for such an ability to communicate himself. Written in sparse yet concentrated language that surrounds, submerges, and potentially overwhelms the reader, My Loose thread is a claustrophobic, harrowing, and intensely moving piece of fiction.
About the Author
Dennis Cooper is a novelist, poet, critic, editor, and performance artist. His books include God Jr., The Sluts, and Ugly Man: Stories. He lives in Los Angeles.
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