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A Crash Course On the Anatomy of Robots I started this book expecting some sort of awesomely sad coming of age tale of an awesomely sad Asian kid battling with the paradox of being brought up Chinese in an American society, amidst American values, education, science, and medicine There is this teeny weeny section on race in which I and my expectations are perfectly described Think of using branding as a metaphor for racism in the commercial lens of American consumerism Asian American has become the Apple brand of literature to me I started this book expecting some sort of awesomely sad coming of age tale of an awesomely sad Asian kid battling with the paradox of being brought up Chinese in an American society, amidst American values, education, science, and medicine There is this teeny weeny section on race in which I and my expectations are perfectly described Think of using branding as a metaphor for racism in the commercial lens of American consumerism Asian American has become the Apple brand of literature to me and I have the highest expectations of it.The book starts slow and I lugged through extensive philosophy, minimal action and drama, poetry, and a bit of bitter humour as saving grace The first, second, and third person narratives seemed chronologically disjointed at first, but once I discovered a vague pattern, I knew what to expect I kept reading it because I am a faithful lover who ignores the minuses in her partner, and also because there are these characters who, though made rare appearances, called out to me.When I was done with 1 3rd of the book, it became unputdownable I got into the grind of being fed philosophy at the cost of discovering a rare confessional literature that doesn t employ the regular art of melodrama It perhaps falls into place with the lives of everyday men Damien is an artist who s lost both his parents early in life Like the lives of regular people, his life is not guided by a linear plot or a single purpose Damien does the everyday things like stay up late and play solitaire, get drunk, swear like a maniac, and violate parking rules, and through Damien there is a strong chance you are going to develop some sort of perspective of why you lose your cool every now and then relationships or the lack of thereof.Damien is an everyday guy he is so real that he got on my nerves just like any real, depressed, perhaps seemingly passionless guy would He is always either drunk or hungover he complains of being bored, which is perhaps a consequence of being perpetually inebriated, but what do I know having never drunk myself and he is way too sleazy for me to ever think he can take a woman seriously as somethingthan a sex object, but his serious relationships suggest maybe he s depressed and thinks of casual sex as a way out All of this despite being a traveller, who in theory should be loaded with artistic inspiration and satisfaction.It s difficult to predict possible endings because the beginning is so random and it is difficult to imagine a theatrical climax Sure, it s a slow story that you might be tempted to quit reading every now and then, but it s so thought provoking that you would want to pick it up again if ever you gave up on it The first part of this novel could pass off as a collection of incohesive essays or even as a memoir, even if fictionalised.Having looked up Kent Evans, I was tempted to ask him how closely Damien represents him But then I thought maybe we should be able to read something the author calls a novel without drawing parallels between him and the protagonist, even if he himself calls it autobiographical It s not the author s life we should judge it s his work of art.My favourite lines in the book I m telling you this because in the end we only have each other No matter how bad a writer is I try to encourage them I will go to readings and buy books by authors whose work I can t stand because we re friends and I want to support them In a way I m really just a big fan of art in general I support these people because someone has to We re all alone and underpaid Major publications like the New York Times still pay 10 cents a word and haven t changed their pay scale since the 70s Random House buysbooks than any other publisher, like over a hundred a year, but dumps its marketing funds into less than a dozen titles The others have to make it on their own or become tax write offs This is what we re up against, and we can spend our time tearing each other down or we can help life each other up I prefer the latter That s part of the problem with popular spoken word it s like genre writing People buy it because they know what to expect, you only have to look at the author and you ll have an idea what s coming Poetry is the one genre in both music and writing where you can t expect much of one It s a big loser the agent loses money if you by some miracle have one , the house loses money, stores lose money even the fucking poet loses money all in the name of what many, including Damien s agent, believe is a dead or dying art Damien Wood S Path To Adulthood In The Last Decade Of The Th Century Is Marked With Effortless Success Creative, Financial, Sexual Yet His Half Asian Lineage With Its Inherent Cultural Clashes Is Coupled With The Inability To Be Touched By Feelings Or The People Around Him Damien S Efforts To Reach His Inner Self Take Him From Place To Place And One Hollow Relationship To Another, But He Remains Stuck Outside Of His Experiences, A Robot Convincingly Playing The Role Of Daredevil Artist And Globetrotter Then, The Century Turns As Damien S Mother Dies After A Long And Agonizing Illness, And Inaugurates A Reign Of Fear And Terror, His Emotions, From Desire To Despair, Begin To Emerge Unbidden These Birth Pangs Of Humanity Send Damien On A Mordantly Comic, Darkly Suspenseful Quest From The Americas Through Southeast Asia In The Company Of An Expatriate Colony With Too Little To Lose Including Values Until Violence Comes To Claim Him As One Of Its Own No Longer A Robot, Damien Has Become A Wanted Man A Daring Hybrid Of Adventure, Verse, And Travel Fiction, Framed By A Chronicle Of Self Revelation In A Pitch Perfect Voice For The Post Millennium, This Book Heralds The Return Of A Novelist Of Impressive Literary Gifts Original post here given my knack for the paranormal, I have surprised myself with something a little different yet again Now be warned, I have never read anything quite like this so reviewing it may seem a bit unusual But as I have said, I just can t stick to one thing only, I need to expand my proverbial wings And I am quite glad I did because I definitely wantI must admit, I did have a hard t Original post here given my knack for the paranormal, I have surprised myself with something a little different yet again Now be warned, I have never read anything quite like this so reviewing it may seem a bit unusual But as I have said, I just can t stick to one thing only, I need to expand my proverbial wings And I am quite glad I did because I definitely wantI must admit, I did have a hard time starting this Like I said, not my usual read It starts off like a journal with some humor and philosophical views Then we get some drama and some poetry The book changes views constantly and it was strange at first, but you catch on Theyou read it, you find there really is a certain rhythm to the story that takes a life of its own When I started it, I didn t really know what I was getting into or if this was my thing, but that quickly changed A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots is a confessional literature read My very first one It is a book about an artist named Damien and his struggle with living after his parents deaths We see the beginnings of his downward spiral in depression, but still somehow managing to put on a face for those around you He is in this state where nothing or nobody seems to effect him He just rolls with the punches and pretends for the most part We see the way he is with his friends and the way he is in relationships Damien has aphilosophical outlook on friendships relationships Throughout the whole book, I didn t get a true connection from him with others Maybe one or two of the girlfriends specifically Maria I think a lot of why Damien is the way he is besides his parents deaths was because of his relationship with Maria Now a couple months ago I did a review for a book called Sykosa In that review, I talk about how it doesn t necessarily have a plot, not in a typical sense anyway The characters are what moves the story, they tell us what they want us to know So instead of having one plot or subplots , we get a story told through Damien s eyes in certain places or at certain times that effect him specifically I honestly don t think I would have liked this book as much if it were told a different way because Damien feltreal this way We get to feel what he is feeling and why he is feeling it I definitely like this fictional memoir and I intend on readingThis book is about feeling detached and like a robot A book about a man putting a mask and going through the motions due to his tragedy But I love that Damien still searches to find a center, a way to find himself That is why Damien travelsa lot There is a lot of traveling in this book and at first I thought it was Damien s way of escaping But I love how he describes it It is his way of finding balance And this book does have a wonderful balance I enjoyed this book a lot I love Evans use of poetry, philosophy, comedy, travel escapades, spoken word and surprisingly, suspense This may have started slow for me, but it quickly became a book I couldn t put down especially the last few chapters Wow, I did not expect this book to be The build up of the story was unexpected and even though Damien could be quite depressing, he was a great main character Like I said, you will relate to him and his ups and downs mostly downs A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots is a unique, suspenseful, unpredictable, thought provoking, perceptive read that moves to its own beat Is it Damien Wood, Robot or is it Kent Evans, Performance Artist Kent Evans confounds the reader with a novel that on the surface is lyrically entertaining but slightly beneath the surface is a line of profound philosophy disguised so thinly that after a few pages or chapters the reader realizes that this book is not only unconventional in the manner in which it was written, but it also challenges us to think in a different modality and Evans accomplishes this with such ease and apparent simpl Is it Damien Wood, Robot or is it Kent Evans, Performance Artist Kent Evans confounds the reader with a novel that on the surface is lyrically entertaining but slightly beneath the surface is a line of profound philosophy disguised so thinly that after a few pages or chapters the reader realizes that this book is not only unconventional in the manner in which it was written, but it also challenges us to think in a different modality and Evans accomplishes this with such ease and apparent simplicity that we forget we are involved in unraveling some serious issues.About style, the book is, in parts, fiction, travelogue, pseudo memoir, intermingling narrative passages with poetry, blog posts, and other musings that relate the contemporary life of mongrel Damien Woods whose ancestry is divided between the UK and China His habitus is that of a robot a successful artist and globetrotter whose existence is seemingly unaffected by the people and situations that surround him He travels the world the US, Asia, and Mexico navigating a construct of personal and professional problems He lost his dad when he was 19, but his life making a living as a writer and living a relatively simple life makes do until his mother dies and he is forced to alter his life style He discovers his father altered both the real cause of his death as well as a secretive hidden side of his life On top of all of this Damien discovers sexual infidelity of his girlfriend and he feels compelled to dramatically change his lifestyle he resorts to and alcohol and drug fueled trip through Thailand and Southeast Asia where he meets a wide assortment of tourists, travelers, and locals, all of whom play into his new view of his place in the new millennium.By casting himself as a robot defined here as a person who works mechanically without original thought , he keeps the reader at abeyance while he gradually faces the 21st century with the accompanying explosion implosion of 9 11 He faces his minstrel wanderer self with the clangor of humanity Damien s travels offer the author a stage for discussion and exploration of culture and creativity, and while the author peppers this travelogue with moments of sensory excess aka debauchery , the path toward discovery of the nature of maturity is the very human need our robot seeks.For the most part Ken Evans writing style works he certainly has grasped the contemporary sense of total loss of privacy the Internet has imposed on us and the increasing distance between actual human contact and intimacy hat results He may be glib in using his blog technique in parts, but it is here that his personal view of where we are in this year of 2012 and beyond rises most carefully to the surface Oh yes, there is a note on the book that the original soundtrack is available onand on iTunes The author is also a musician, but I didn t go there Grady Harp As a reader whose literary taste was formed by the 19th century romantics, I m about as far from being a hipster as possible My favorite books invariably possess a strong, linear storyline and reveal characters through their emotions Jumping as it does from first to second to third person POV, and incorporating several writing styles, including straight narrative, poetry, travelogue, conversation, and even email, A CRASH COURSE ON THE ANATOMY OF ROBOTS is about as hip and avant garde as it c As a reader whose literary taste was formed by the 19th century romantics, I m about as far from being a hipster as possible My favorite books invariably possess a strong, linear storyline and reveal characters through their emotions Jumping as it does from first to second to third person POV, and incorporating several writing styles, including straight narrative, poetry, travelogue, conversation, and even email, A CRASH COURSE ON THE ANATOMY OF ROBOTS is about as hip and avant garde as it could be Not the least of the seeming obstacles to it being my kind of book is the fact that its protagonist claims not to be able to feel emotion.Why then do I love this novel so much The answer is that it possesses that rare thing coveted by all writers and cherished by readers an utterly compelling Voice Although that voice professes to speak for a character rendered robotic by an inability to feel, it powerfully conveys a raw sensitivity that instantly belies the claim.The recent death of his mother after an agonizing illness, combined with the disturbing discovery of the real cause of his father s earlier demise, has left Damien, the 30 ish protagonist, traumatized and in search of as many self destructive ways to dull his pain as he can find His ultimate anesthetic is made up of a combination of sex, alcohol, drugs and travel that proves to be almost lethal on several occasions It s not particularly comfortable stuff for an admittedly tender hearted member of an older generation What compels the reader to stay with Damien on this bumpy journey through locales that are exotic in every sense of the word, is his voice , which is at once lyrical and intense, and capable of inducing the kind of horrified fascination felt by the helpless observer of an inevitable train wreck The fact that Damien is still alive at the end of the book is a testament to the resilience of both the fictional hero and the author who has written a wrenchingly honest, confessional roman clef that defies category, but still manages to satisfy all the requisites of a lover of literature Kent Evans mixes all kind of styles poetry, linear and non linear storytelling, travelogue and braindumped it into A Crash Course On the Anatomy of Robots Some reviewers compared this work with a collision between Hunter S Thompson and Pico Iyer Damien Wood s adolescence years combine failures in creativity, finance, sex His half Asian lineage, cultural clashes when traveling make him unable to be emotionally intelligent Damien tries to reach his inner self by engaginng in hollow relation Kent Evans mixes all kind of styles poetry, linear and non linear storytelling, travelogue and braindumped it into A Crash Course On the Anatomy of Robots Some reviewers compared this work with a collision between Hunter S Thompson and Pico Iyer Damien Wood s adolescence years combine failures in creativity, finance, sex His half Asian lineage, cultural clashes when traveling make him unable to be emotionally intelligent Damien tries to reach his inner self by engaginng in hollow relationships As if a robot lives his life At the turn of the century Damien s mother dies after a long illness The 9 11 attacks sparkle a reign of fear and terror Damien s emotions emerge and initiate travels through the Americas and Southeast Asia Finally Damien has become a wanted man, no longer a robot I found it difficult to read and concentrate on the actual storyline, so be warned This one of the most engaging books I have read in a long time Kent weaves a story that pulls you in from the beginning The opening explanations are so delightfully ambiguous that I was intrigued from the first page I felt like Damian was a lifelong friend of mine, and I was along with him through all the travels, the troubles, the love, the adventure and all of the delicious poetry I have long been a fan of Kent s poetry, and enjoyed it throughout I am one of those readers that doesn t min This one of the most engaging books I have read in a long time Kent weaves a story that pulls you in from the beginning The opening explanations are so delightfully ambiguous that I was intrigued from the first page I felt like Damian was a lifelong friend of mine, and I was along with him through all the travels, the troubles, the love, the adventure and all of the delicious poetry I have long been a fan of Kent s poetry, and enjoyed it throughout I am one of those readers that doesn t mind poetry mixed into the heart of the story I was reminded of some of Stephen King s rabbit trails and Tolkien s songs that are mixed right into the fabric of the story I think that Kent Evans is truly a Master at his craft, and I hope that this is just the first of many from him I cannot wait forThank you, Kent Truly


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