Courtesy the artist. Mary and Bobby have taken part in an operation that sets off bombs in the homes of CEOs responsible for the manufacture of explosives during the Vietnam War. You know, those dudes. The main characters of Dana Spiotta's magnificent second novel, Eat the Document, they were once in love, but spend all but a few pages of the book intentionally distant and out of communication--fugitives after executing a political bombing in the '70s that went awry. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? . Which is a problem when the stakes are so high. Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. As a result none of them seem believable to me and, as a result of that, it's difficult to develop any sort of attachment to anyone. Bobby, now known as Nash, runs an alternative book store for his friend Henry, who is dying of cancer. And it used just the right level of Mimento-like flashes to pull you along without losing you in excessive co. As a result none of them seem believable to me and, as a result of that, it's difficult to develop any sort of attachment to anyone. I have read widely in recollections of the 1960s and in a lot of primary documents, and Spiotta skillfully weaves the enthusiasms and heartbreaks of the era. This means they eat meat and enjoy feasting on other sea creatures. You might even feel Edgar Hoover wasn't such a nutjob as he appears. . I would love to read more by THIS author. Although the novel's structure gives it an inevitably fragmented feeling, Eat the Document (the title comes from a documentary about Dylan's 1966 tour) is a powerful and disturbing book. spiotta does a nice job of documenting (no pun intended) the way the 60's have been archived in people's memories - as an. The other major thread follows activists in Seattle in the 90s and how they shadow and mimic the movements of the 60s and 70s. Why the hunger for food photos is insatiable. Eat the Document All the theoretical ideas aside, the characters are real. View Untitled_document from HISTORY 7 at Michigan Virtual School. This is my first experience with this author, and it was a positive one throughout. In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker -- passionate, idealistic, and in love -- design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. . A reclusive musician, once a huge rock star, takes a young female protegee. this is a solid look at radical politics and counter-culture as they relate to pop music, exotic collecting habits, fashion and general contemporary geekiness. A young man in our present moves his taste from the Beach Boys to the Kinks, which makes a lot of sense given his situation in the story. [(the latter of which, if it is to achieve something concrete for society at large, presumably has to resort to revolutionary methods, otherwise it seems to be confined to the studies of postgraduate bohemia), [one to which, ironically, they had given birth. In a desperate attempt to draw attention to the apparently unending horrors of the Vietnam War, Bobby Desoto and Mary Whitaker plant an explosive device in the unoccupied summer house of a munitions manufacturer. It is fantastic. Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK. Sometimes I even think maybe my deepest obsessions are just random manifestations of my loneliness or isolation. Certificate: Passed Thirty years on, now living as Louise, Mary must decide whether to give. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker -- passionate, idealistic, and in love -- design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. Use the HTML below. Mary and Bobby have taken part in an operation that sets off bombs in the homes of CEOs responsible for the manufacture of explosives during the Vietnam War. lots of interesting explorations of sincerity vs. irony/appropriation, certainty vs. uncertainty, authenticity vs. mediated experience, nostalgia vs. forgetting, etc etc etc. not quite often enough to bump it up to five stars but pretty damn often. It was shot under Dylan's direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary Dont Look Back chronicled Dylan's 1965 British tour. It starts simple, and then moves back and forth in time sketching out the narrative and the characters. In fact, there are probably more novels on this theme than deal with the infinitely more influential and important civil rights movement. Victoria Savanh (Editorial Intern, Tin House Magazine): I fell hard and fast for Dana Spiotta’s Eat the Document, a novel filled with radicalism, counterculture, pop music, identity, and self-invention, spanning the 1970s through late 90s. Welcome back. Watch this documentary together and discuss why you think this is an appropriate title for Dana Spiotta's novel. Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax. Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance. unpopular popular culture infatuations that don’t really last and don’t really mean anything. a middle-aged man who works at a local Seattle bookstore. Eat The Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. The places (L.A., Seattle, etc.) It was good enough for me to want to go back to immediately during downtimes but not good enough that I would hesitate to close the book and proceed with my day. Most of the focus of the iconoclasts we meet is on music. A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention. And it used just the right level of Mimento-like flashes to pull you along without losing you in excessive complexities of detail. 0 likes. The other novel I'm currently reading City on Fire takes up this theme as have countless others I've read - books by DeLillo, Roth, Pynchon, Letham, Franzen spring immediately to mind. Refresh and try again. This FAQ is empty. I just love Dana Spiotta. Start by marking “Eat the Document” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Anya Metzer March 26, 2018 share. This is a very touching, ingenious, and often hilarious study of idealism, protest, violence and obsession among the countercultures of two generations in the US built around a longtime fugitive's life in hiding. Was this review helpful to you? She uses her ability as a novelist to impart important American history, the continuing (one hopes) struggle against corporate hegemony, through the life experiences of characters we care deeply about. Its successes and its flaws are all so widespread, it's as if I'd found the Platonic form of the Contemporary Novel. ― Dana Spiotta, Eat the Document. She is despairing but understanding and her characters live and breathe and don’t exist to provide punch lines. I must be officially done with school because I am reading again! I don't see much point regurgitating plot for you, that's everywhere. The books opens with Mary changing her name and deciding where to go to create a new life for herself. But Jason is a smart kid. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The narrators alternate, but the most satisfying storylines are Mary’s, an ex-radical with a fake identity, and her teenage son Jason’s, whose journal entries include analyzing pop music and bootleg recordings. Loosely based on real events, Spiotta's novel takes us back and forth between the years of Nixon and the Weather Underground to the absurd plethora of antiestablishment movements and vandals of youthful Seattle in the late 1990s. When a housekeeper is inadvertently killed in the blast, Bobby and Mary must separate never to meet again, repeatedly changing their identities, living a whole series of lives, alone and apart from each other. Which means this review got a little out of hand. Eat The Document is primarily the story of Mary Whittaker, alias Caroline, alias Louise Barrot, who turns into a fugitive after an act of protest against the violence of the Vietnam war ends badly. comment. Maybe my interest in the old 60's romantic revolutionaries flavored my initial attraction, I don't know....But before I knew it, I was drawn in--caring about the characters. Eat the Document. There is a wealth of observations I found accurate and revealing. This book could be intimidating, addressing the cultural division between the 60’s and the 90’s, the failures of leftist protest in America, cultural obsession, and a critique of an overly medicated and corporatized society. “Eat the Document” firmly resists any temptation to document specific time, place and events. Absolutely for fans only, this is a documentary of a Dylan tour made by a camera held in a very shaky hand. Commissioned by ABC-TV, Bob Dylan's film, Eat The Document, never saw the light of day.Why? But, Spiotta brings everything together very well, leading to a subtle, yet strong conclusion. My understanding is that they knew the maid was there (that was how they were planning to get in) but presumed they could get her to go outside or tha. Topics Eat The Document ( 1967) Eat The Document ( 1967) Addeddate 2016-05-18 19:35:06 Identifier EatTheDocument1967 Scanner Internet Archive HTML5 Uploader 1.6.3. plus-circle Add Review. Loosely based on real events, Spiotta's novel takes us back and forth between the years of Nixon and the Weather Underground to the absurd plethora of antiestablishment movements and vandals of youthful Seattle in the late 1990s. It's very difficult for me to express what it is that I find so compelling about Dana Spiotta's writing, but here's a try. She is despairing but understanding and her characters live and breathe and don’t exist to provide punch lines. A collection of rare outtakes and performances from D A Pennebaker's 1965 classic DONT LOOK BACK. Or it might really disturb you and piss you off, depending on how seriously you take yourself. Maybe it's because she's not a dude that she's not considered up there. this is a solid look at radical politics and counter-culture as they relate to pop music, exotic collecting habits, fashion and general contemporary geekiness. Take action! Eat the Document would make a good, but probably unwatchable, triple feature with Neil Young's Journey Through the Past and The Stones' Cocksucker Blues, a sixties triptych painted on broken windowpanes after a night of very bad drugs. The story of a 1970s radical, Mary, who has to go underground, it bounces between her past and the late 90s where she lives as a single mom to a musiciphile son. A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. Joanne Collings writes from Washington, D.C. Eat the Document By Dana Spiotta. I've made many dishes since i've been cooking. My understanding is that they knew the maid was there (that was how they were planning to get in) but presumed they could get her to go outside or that she would leave before the bomb was set to go off. The only thing I'm more into than antiology is an antiological work that asks whether antiology was every really worth it in the first place. Jellyfish are carnivorous animals. One of the best examples of "show, don't tell" that I've ever come across. I have read widely in recollections of the 1960s and in a lot of primary documents, and Spiotta skillfully weaves the enthusiasms and heartbreaks of the era. But this is a story about love, and fear, and remorse, and uncertainty of each, from their own perspectives and voices. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. All the theoretical ideas aside, the characters are real. Still, there are some fine moments -- the droning duet with Johnny Cash, as two generations of bad boys create an otherworldly disharmony, the glimpses of the Band at the peak of their magic, the faces of the young Brits waiting in line for the shows, desperate to be at a scene they were determined not to dig. To be enthralled by something, anything. Like “And finally she wanted to tell him that the world offered horrendous terms, a terrible, huge price was paid in actual suffering, and if you didn't try to change that or mitigate that, your life was indefensible, wasn't it?” Add the first question. What I did do, and will have to un-do, is un-turn all the corners on pages I turned down while reading it. She writes about artists/musicians/etc. I'll just say she hits on things that interest me like 60s/70s radicals, great music, bookstores, well drawn characters. Go to www.speakout.com to get information about animal rights, race relations, and other topics. Eat The Document Bob Dylan (Actor, Director), Johnny Cash (Actor), D.A. A book handling that sounds bloated and unapproachable, but not in Spiotta’s hands, her vision is almost clinical but somehow remains human. Mary, who now goes by the name Louise, is raising a 16-year old son, Jason. I love her characters' internal dialogues, contemplative without being pretentious, or if pretentious, then intentionally and for literary effect. With Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko. If you garnered your notion of the USA solely from literature you'd probably end up thinking anti-establishment terrorism was a widespread phenomenon. 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 ratings. In a desperate attempt to draw attention to the apparently unending horrors of the Vietnam War, Bobby Desoto and Mary Whitaker plant an explosive device in the unoccupied summer house of a munitions manufacturer. One of the best examples of "show, don't tell" that I've ever come across. i loved the parallels between mary - the weather underground-ish activist turned melancholic quasi-soccer mom - and jason, her precocious, beach-boys-obsessed son. With no film editing experience Dylan decided to edit the film himself and the results, while very entertaining, were simply too weird and perplexing for network executive to allow on television. A book handling that sounds bloated and unapproachable, but not in Spiotta’s hands, her vision is almost clinical but somehow remains human. In fact, there are probably more novels on this theme than deal with the infinitely more influe. Recommend reading in one sitting. and ideas (philosophical and questioning) in which her characters find themselves immersed are always of interest to me. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. I've cooked for 5 years. 1972. but yes, some of the characters did sound a little bit too much like cultural. I'll just say she hits on things that interest me like 60s/70s radicals, great music, bookstores, well drawn characters. The title Eat the Document comes from a documentary about Bob Dylan's 1966 tour. I mulled over rating Eat the Document for a while. Mary has always intended to tell Jason the truth, and turn herself in, "as soon as he is ready". lots of interesting explorations of sincerity vs. irony/appropriation, certainty vs. uncertainty, authenticity vs. mediated experience, nostalgia vs. forgetting, etc etc etc. And it isn't random. This one crept up on me as I read it. Spiotta is a gifted writer who is skilled at revealing truths in poetic language. A central source text for I’m Not There, the never-released Eat This Document is as close as any movie comes to being a key to all Dylan mythologies—not least because it’s so rarely screened. November 28th 2006 Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. It's very difficult for me to express what it is that I find so compelling about Dana Spiotta's writing, but here's a try. Is there such a thing as a utilitarian book? by Scribner. By:Christian Russell Oct 31, 2019 You should eat the food I make because I am a good cook. There is an old adage in writing programs: "show, don't tell." Now, in the 1990s, Mary's 15-year-old son Jason (a '70s music buff) begins to uncover his mother's dangerous secret. In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker -- passionate, idealistic, and in love -- design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. “I wondered if my life was just going to be one immersion after another . Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan's 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. There’s this mess of lives intertwined, consequences, loss. It was shot under Dylan’s direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary Dont Look Back chronicled Dylan’s 1965 British tour. There is an old adage in writing programs: "show, don't tell." Finally had the chance to read this older novel by Spiotta. It was shot under Dylan’s direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary ‘Don’t Look Back’ chronicled Dylan’s 1965 British tour. (1972). I found the 90s sections less gripping than Mary's flight and struggles with what she had done and how she had to live as a result. Nothing was wrong with the book: decent characters, an interesting premise (60's political activists gone underground after one of their protests turns deadly... good headline stuff! Pennebake (Director) & Format: DVD. The books opens with Mary changing her name and deciding where to go to create a new lif. The book is filled with allusions to pop music of all kinds, and I would say the emotional arc of the 60s characters moves from the Beach Boys to Love. Above all, this is a grown-up novel about late adolescence, and about what we take with us�and what we jettison--on the journey from passionate, reckless youth into seasoned (or soiled) middle age. Melissa Albert burst onto the YA scene (and catapulted into readers' hearts) with her 2018 debut The Hazel Wood. this was actually great. View production, box office, & company info, Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! This helps me every Tuesday as I sit at my cubicle and stress out about how un-antiological I am (or never was). The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances, Inside Criterion's Incredible Restoration of Dylan Doc 'Don't Look Back'. As a person who has played music, or at least someone who has strong feelings about what trying to create music is like, I find her writing completely spot on and genuine. This one crept up on me as I read it. Dylan's attempt at deconstructing or subverting or whatever he was trying to do to his own myth here says a lot about the era and leaves the artist as enigmatic as he ever has been, with the usual alternation between sublime poetry and clunking misfires. With its energetic execution, passages seem to vibrate, beautifully written yet precise. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties. Scribner $24.00 Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. Well, not quite, but I did read this surprising novel today. Look back at our favorite moments throughout the year, from award shows to up-close shots of celebrities. It is fantastic. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets And made dishes including spaghetti, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, tacos ,etc. An ambitious and powerful story about idealism, passion, and sacrifice, Eat the Document shifts between the underground movement of the 1970s and the echoes and consequences of … This novel is really fun and enjoyable to read, but also quite moving and full of important questions of our time about society, rebellion, identity, commodification of subcultures, and more. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. Woman spent years on the run, living under a false identity [s], Melissa Albert Recommends YA Tales Where the Real World Gets Real Magical. Scribner published Dana Spiotta’s first novel, Lightning Field, in 2001. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Nothing was wrong with the book: decent characters, an interesting premise (60's political activists gone underground after one of their protests turns deadly... good headline stuff! I don't see much point regurgitating plot for you, that's everywhere. [What happened in the second last chapter? "Eat the Document" has an interesting premise -- Mary and Bobby, two sixties radicals, are forced to separate and go underground when their scheme to blow up the summer home of an executive whose company produces napalm (and/or Agent Orange) goes awry, killing an innocent victim. Eat The Document premiered at the New York Academy Of Music, February 8, 1971. I actually had less trouble buying this from the teenagers because in my experience many nerdy teenagers are like this -- sounding a bit like they've swallowed a text rather than truly engaged with it critically or assimilated it into their understanding. Bobby, now known as Nash, runs an alternative book store. Seems to me that Bernardine Dohrn was attractive, rebellious, AND a law professor at Northwestern. Show some respect.] Most of the focus of the iconoclasts we meet is on music and other media, and by its end this story is much more about capitalist virtual reality and irony than about idealism. Anyway, this is just an observation. Because it isn't worth it! This book is worth it for the word "unstoppingly"--God, that adverb made me cry it was so beautiful, its placement so perfect. Eat the Document was a National Book Award finalist and won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. EAT THE DOCUMENT 1971 U.S. film. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. For instance, I wanted to mark this passage: The 1970s were a pivotal time for those in my generation, so I was drawn to "Eat the Document: A Novel." Thirty years later, both are living (unbeknownst to one another) in the Seattle area. often actually through the narrative rather than just in conversation which is a plus -- I mean that's why you read novels rather than essays right? It's a better novel than her most recent one, Stone Arabia. Perhaps because most American writers are white. More than a portrait of life underground, Eat the Document derives its power from an implicit comparison of '70s radicalism to the pale protests of present-day consumer culture, somehow upholding the idealism and commitment of the earlier period without advocating its violent methods. All I've got is a tattoo that nobody can see and a good credit score. It starts simple, and then moves back and forth in time sketching out the narrative and the characters. A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. With its energetic execution, passages seem to vibrate, beautifully written yet precise. The other major thread follows activists in Seattle in the 90s and how they shadow and mimic the movements of the 60s and 70s. It tells the story of two lovers, passionately committed 1970s anti-war protestors who, as a consequence of choices made back then, have had to erase their pasts, forge new identities and never see each other again. I am experienced in cooking and I want to be a chef when I grow up. Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland with the Hawks. Perhaps this novel was written just for me! Perhaps this novel was written just for me! To see what your friends thought of this book. Reviews and lovers of/serious consumers of art, music, etc. Adventure. this was actually great. Eat the Document would make a good, but probably unwatchable, triple feature with Neil Young's Journey Through the Past and The Stones' Cocksucker Blues, a sixties triptych painted on broken windowpanes after a night of very bad drugs. Spiotta's book just tells and tells and tells, primarily through characters' dialogue, as they use language straight out of the GRE's verbal section and advance the big picture ideas of the book through their words. Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK. This is a perfectly mediocre book, reasonably entertaining, but absolutely wonderful for understanding today's literature. The film was … I don't know a single person who talks like this, but every character in this book does. Spiotta's book just tells and tells and tells, primarily through characters' dialogue, as they use language straight out of the GRE's verbal section and advance the big picture ideas of the book through their words. Her understanding of r. This book could be intimidating, addressing the cultural division between the 60’s and the 90’s, the failures of leftist protest in America, cultural obsession, and a critique of an overly medicated and corporatized society. The tape I saw was followed by a harrowing ten minute outtake of Dylan and John Lennon riding in the back of a limo, the camera focused unflinching (and often unfocused) on them as they mumble their way through a thick purple haze -- sure proof that no one is as clever as he thinks he is on drugs. 10 of 16 people found this review helpful. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Victoria Savanh (Editorial Intern, Tin House Magazine): I fell hard and fast for Dana Spiotta’s Eat the Document, a novel filled with radicalism, counterculture, pop music, identity, and self-invention, spanning the 1970s through late 90s. Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid. Many obvious references are made (such as the title of the novel) but there are some more subtle ones, such as the title of an underground bookstore in our present, which is named Prairie Fire. Eat the Document is a compelling story of activism, sacrifice and the cost of living a secret. by Cathy Alter [Editor’s note: This piece is all entirely true. Eat the Document is much the same – it’s a film that can’t leave the hotel, and it can’t leave Dylan’s head either. But, Spiotta brings everythi. I. This is a very touching, ingenious, and often hilarious study of idealism, protest, violence and obsession among the countercultures of two generations in the US built around a longtime fugitive's life in hiding. It speaks to you for a reason.” I have a feeling I’ll be quoting Eat the Document endlessly. It speaks to you for a reason. 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