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Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist [Import]
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist [Import]
DVD ~ Bob Flanagan
Offered by 5A/30 Entertainment
Price: CDN$ 126.94
10 used & new from CDN$ 94.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Irony of Expression, April 12 2004
First of all, this is a beautiful film in the way that Zwigoff's biopic Crumb is beautiful and sublime. Artists who live outloud like Bob Flanagan and Robert Crumb, who trample over boundaries, convention, and mores in their pursuit of personal and creative expression are to be understood and admired. This film is beautiful in how it behaves as art.
Yes, it's about a guy who hurts himself and lets others hurt him. Yes, it's got some harsh images and scenes in it and there are parts that will make you cringe, but to describe it as "beautiful" is not a run at irony. Calling it beautiful is the sum total of every aspect of "Sick" -- it's impact, his life, his images, and his intentions. With this film, Bob Flanagan achieved the holy grail of modern art: transforming a taboo act/attitude into a sublime and transcendant expression. Wow. An amazing feat, in life or death.
I hope this movie gets the attention it deserves, moreover, the attention that Bob Flanagan deserved. What a brave artist. I sure wish I'd paid more attention to him when I first heard of him and he was still present in the here and now.

Alamein To Zem Zem
Alamein To Zem Zem
by Keith Douglas
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars little known gem of a war memoir by a great poet, Nov. 1 2002
This review is from: Alamein To Zem Zem (Paperback)
This book used to be extremely hard to find, so it's nice to see this edition and know that it's been reprinted since i read it in '82.
Here's what makes this book so interesting: Douglas was a student of literature, British, so his perspective on being a tanker in WWII reflects an insightful sensibility. He fought in numerous campaigns in Africa (Alamein and on) before dying in Normandy shortly after being called back to active duty. Douglas is considered one of the finest war poets of WWII, but it's his descriptions of tank battles and the hot, concussive nature of it that is most memorable to me.
This is the kind of war memoir that is often overlooked but rare in it's depth and scope.

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