My reading of it was...somewhat similar to yours.
― The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 March 2021 20:48 (seven months ago) link
Really? tell me more!
― Lily Dale, Sunday, 14 March 2021 21:04 (seven months ago) link
Let me see. I really liked the second part - it was the emotional payoff, there wouldn't be a book with out it - but the first part, which initially seemed kind of inconsequential was something that only she could right or so it seems. Listening to the audiobook helped me let it sink in a little better, I think.
― The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 14 March 2021 21:47 (seven months ago) link
She's a fan of Lucia Berlin, which makes sense.
― The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 17 March 2021 00:06 (seven months ago) link
just started Priestdaddy and got the new one reserved.
― kinder, Sunday, 21 March 2021 13:22 (six months ago) link
she could rightOops
― The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 21 March 2021 13:55 (six months ago) link
I actually put off reading this or learning anything about it because i felt so keenly the possibility of being disappointed by it; I didn't think the memoir was very good, and that was after liking both of the poetry collections and er her general persona / Online Presence, also the criticism, though maybe that came after the book?
Anyway, god, this is a fucking remarkable book
― the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Monday, 22 March 2021 06:57 (six months ago) link
all through the first half i was amazed that someone had gotten the thing right; the second half i was amazed that it didn't collapse, that it maintained a clinical distance. I'd been worried it would turn mawkish or invoncincing or rote, but no, it does not; it brings home a lot of what's been set up in the first part in ways i would not have thought possible, surviving the big shift into I-hate-this-word 'autofiction' (pace claims upthread, the 'she' of part one is fairly clearly Not Patricia Lockwood Exactly while the 'she' of part two is Pretty Much Patricia Lockwood).
it nibbles at the feet of age-old bromides about the role of art in ways that feel real and specific and but also i was really worried that someone would ask why i was crying in the coffee shop and i would have to explain I was reading a novel about memes
― the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Monday, 22 March 2021 07:16 (six months ago) link