the book works best as an obsessive's look at history. It was shot under Dylan's direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary Dont Look Back chronicled Dylan's 1965 British tour. 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. It is fantastic. "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. So are the semiotics related to it. 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. At any rate every time I read something by those dudes, and many other dude novels, I don't really trust them when they try to portray female characters in first-person. I bought this for a pound from Oxfam. It's a better novel than her most recent one, Stone Arabia. The film was … Which is a problem when the stakes are so high. I just love Dana Spiotta. Eating with your fingers is messy. 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. and lovers of/serious consumers of art, music, etc. This darkly fantastical... An ambitious and powerful story about idealism, passion, and sacrifice. And it used just the right level of Mimento-like flashes to pull you along without losing you in excessive complexities of detail. 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. It was shot under Dylan’s direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary, Don’t Look Back, chronicled Dylan’s 1965 British tour. lots of interesting explorations of sincerity vs. irony/appropriation, certainty vs. uncertainty, authenticity vs. mediated experience, nostalgia vs. forgetting, etc etc etc. Bobby, now known as Nash, runs an alternative book store. 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. Look back at our favorite moments throughout the year, from award shows to up-close shots of celebrities. Engagingly written, interesting tale of two radicals forced to separate and go underground after a bombing kills an innocent person. 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. All the theoretical ideas aside, the characters are real. Pennebake (Director) & Format: DVD. Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK. 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. 0 likes. If you wanted to, you could look at it that way, and you might find you aren't wasting your life. I don't know a single person who talks like this, but every character in this book does. So it's really nice to read something that sort of covers some of the same contemporary existential and emotional ground, from multiple female (and male) viewpoints, written by a female. 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! Go to www.speakout.com to get information about animal rights, race relations, and other topics. It starts simple, and then moves back and forth in time sketching out the narrative and the characters. plus the tension level was high and the vibe was not hopelessly bleak despite the objectively incredibly bleak and scary narrative, which is a feat I appreciate. 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. Got this from the library so I couldn't write in it, which is frustrating-- will be on lookout for my own copy. 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. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. and ideas (philosophical and questioning) in which her characters find themselves immersed are always of interest to me. At any rate every time I read something by those dudes, and many ot. Add the first question. An intriguing story that has been done before (radical left wing revolutionaries plant bombs and have to go on the run), but it was original and fresh enough to satisfy. . An intriguing story that has been done before (radical left wing revolutionaries plant bombs and have to go on the run), but it was original and fresh enough to satisfy. 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. I don't see much point regurgitating plot for you, that's everywhere. All the theoretical ideas aside, the characters are real. I preferred Innocents & Others, but this was still good. All I've got is a tattoo that nobody can see and a good credit score. If you garnered your notion of the USA solely from literature you'd probably end up thinking anti-establishment terrorism was a widespread phenomenon. 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. If you're a progressive activist, or somebody that hangs around in anarchist bookstores and coffeehouses, or have ever lived in a commune, or are music-obsessed hipster, this might be something you'd really like. The books opens with Mary changing her name and deciding where to go to create a new life for herself. But, Spiotta brings everythi. Check out how it tranforms them. By:Christian Russell Oct 31, 2019 You should eat the food I make because I am a good cook. But this is a story about love, and fear, and remorse, and uncertainty of each, from their own perspectives and voices. 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. 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. Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan's 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. 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. A book handling that sounds bloated and unapproachable, but not in Spiotta’s hands, her vision is almost clinical but somehow remains human. 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. Thirty years later, both are living (unbeknownst to one another) in the Seattle area. Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK. I. by Scribner. View production, box office, & company info, Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! this was actually great. Eat the Document was a National Book Award finalist and won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. November 28th 2006 It is about what happens to two radicals after they take direct action against the Vietnam War and go into hiding, changing their identities on the way. Unlike most of what you see hereabouts, this is required and reflects actual research. I'll just say she hits on things that interest me like 60s/70s radicals, great music, bookstores, well drawn characters. Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. 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. The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances, Inside Criterion's Incredible Restoration of Dylan Doc 'Don't Look Back'. Now, in the 1990s, Mary's 15-ye. This book is worth it for the word "unstoppingly"--God, that adverb made me cry it was so beautiful, its placement so perfect. 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. 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. 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. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties. unpopular popular culture infatuations that don’t really last and don’t really mean anything. Eat The Document ( 1967) by roberto dylan. The book skips back and forth from the late 1990s to the early 1970s, and shows the journey Mary went through running away and also shows how she is coping 25 years later. I've cooked for 5 years. — Eat the Document Based on a bold and moving novel about a fugitive radical from the 1970s who has lived in hiding for twenty-five years, Eat the Document is a … And it isn't random. Or it might really disturb you and piss you off, depending on how seriously you take yourself. —no, it is beautiful to be enraptured. Adventure. 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. Was this review helpful to you? Eat the Document is a compelling story of activism, sacrifice and the cost of living a secret. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This means they eat meat and enjoy feasting on other sea creatures. 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. There is an old adage in writing programs: "show, don't tell." Watch this documentary together and discuss why you think this is an appropriate title for Dana Spiotta's novel. [What happened in the second last chapter? 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 that movement in the 1990s.A National Book Award finalist, Eat the Document is a riveting portrait of two eras and one of the most provocative and compelling novels of recent years. 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. Anyway, this is just an observation. 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. 1972. Most of the focus of the iconoclasts we meet is on music. Is there such a thing as a utilitarian book? It was shot under Dylan’s direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary ‘Don’t Look Back’ chronicled Dylan’s 1965 British tour. 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. You are discovering things about yourself and the world, even if it is just what you find beautiful, right now, this second.”, “Incidentally, if you have never stalked someone close to you, I highly recommend it. Double Feature! 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. a middle-aged man who works at a local Seattle bookstore. This helps me every Tuesday as I sit at my cubicle and stress out about how un-antiological I am (or never was). 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. “I wondered if my life was going to be one immersion after another, a great march of shallow, unpopular popular culture infatuations that don't really last and don't really mean anything. 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! This is my weird habit of marking places that move me, often for the language or the feeling. Sometimes I even think maybe my deepest obsessions are just random manifestations of my loneliness or isolation. 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. I think Dana Spiotta should be considered right up there amongst the pantheon that includes such notables as Franzen, Lethem, Lipsyte, Foer, etc. Each of the many characters in Eat the Document is introduced at a point in time and developed carefully, richly, slowly, and mysteriously. At some point near the end I found myself thinking “this film is brilliant!” for its depiction of the nervous breakdown of a star from his own perspective. 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. And made dishes including spaghetti, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, tacos ,etc. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? You know, those dudes. Eat the Document. Perhaps this novel was written just for me! 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 ratings. Absolutely for fans only, this is a documentary of a Dylan tour made by a camera held in a very shaky hand. There’s this mess of lives intertwined, consequences, loss. 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. 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. New favourite author. 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. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. Melissa Albert burst onto the YA scene (and catapulted into readers' hearts) with her 2018 debut The Hazel Wood. 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?” It speaks to you for a reason. Seems to me that Bernardine Dohrn was attractive, rebellious, AND a law professor at Northwestern. 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. i loved the parallels between mary - the weather underground-ish activist turned melancholic quasi-soccer mom - and jason, her precocious, beach-boys-obsessed son. "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 is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland with the Hawks. Welcome back. I'll just say she hits on things that interest me like 60s/70s radicals, great music, bookstores, well drawn characters. A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. . In fact, there are probably more novels on this theme than deal with the infinitely more influe. You know, those dudes. Mary, who now goes by the name Louise, is raising a 16-year old son, Jason. Maybe it's because she's not a dude that she's not considered up there. Recommend reading in one sitting. I love her characters' internal dialogues, contemplative without being pretentious, or if pretentious, then intentionally and for literary effect. In fact, there are probably more novels on this theme than deal with the infinitely more influential and important civil rights movement. Refresh and try again. She writes about artists/musicians/etc. I've made many dishes since i've been cooking. 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. lots of interesting explorations of sincerity vs. irony/appropriation, certainty vs. uncertainty, authenticity vs. mediated experience, nostalgia vs. forgetting, etc etc etc. To be enthralled by something, anything. As she did in the more recent. Eat The Document Bob Dylan (Actor, Director), Johnny Cash (Actor), D.A. Perhaps this novel was written just for me! The New York Times called it “the debut of a wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life, and an unerring ear for how people talk and try to cope today.” It was a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the West. One of the best examples of "show, don't tell" that I've ever come across. I wish I could tell you more articulately why I like Dana Spiotta, all I can say is check her out. Its successes and its flaws are all so widespread, it's as if I'd found the Platonic form of the Contemporary Novel. 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. 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