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Pink Gus Van Sant goes from auteur to author in an brilliant, inventive, and endlessly entertaining first novel that reads like a Warholian mix of Kurt Vonnegut and Tom RobbinsIn the town of Sasquatch, Oregon, Spunky Davis, middle aged maker of infomercials, is trying to find his next assignment, finish the screenplay that he hopes will bring him Hollywood glory, and deal with the death of his friend and favorite infomercial presenter, teen idol Felix Arroyo Enter two young aspiring filmmakers, Jack and Matt, whom Spunky finds strangely familiar especially as Jack bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Felix But Jack and Matt are not what they appear to be they are messengers from a dimension beyond time known as Pink, and they invite Spunky to join them on their voyage of transcendence and recoveryUsing a delirious array of voices signified by different typefaces, a flip cartoon that animates the novel s action, footnotes and line drawings, Gus Van Sant turns the novel into an explosively visual experience, a captivating combination of texture and text As original and involving as any of Van Sant s films, Pink is both a hip, comic deconstruction of our image obsessed culture and a genuinely tender story on the classic themes of love, time, and loss

10 thoughts on “Pink

  1. says:

    Nostalgic and shamelessly sentimental in its own unirritating way, Pink takes feeling over fact, vibe over memory A tricky approach, which is almost guaranteed to set a novel apart from any chances of mass market success, actually works wonders for this one Be it because o

  2. says:

    What can I say There are times, when even in his films, I continue this love hate relationship with Gus Mostly it s love, but recently I wrote a review on the film Paranoid Park which wasn t favorable.This is a first, and possibly last, novel by Van Zant and understandably It f

  3. says:

    Weird and bizarre are words that don t quite cover this book It was hard to read at times because of its use of footnotes would be distracting After a while I did get used to it There are definitely characters that are based on River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain and Ben Affleck Matt Damon T

  4. says:

    I recall enjoying this book and identifying perhaps a little too much with the protagonist s addiction to heavy equipment.

  5. says:

    Very crazy but it is Gus Van Sant and a character inspired in River soI enjoyed.

  6. says:

    2.5 I found this book to be quite nostalgic and gave me Tom Robbins collage style writing vibes, and I understand what he was trying to achieve concerning dueling realities, and I even found his use of doubling effects and satire on celeb culture and movie making interesting However, there was thi

  7. says:

    Mind numbing.A dentist visit may beenjoyable

  8. says:

    Well that s bizarre Filmmakers, this book is for you.

  9. says:

    I read this book very quickly which is a testament to the easy going writing style despite the plot not being easily defined The novel itself is a trifle bizzare a cross between Tom Robbins, Douglas Coupland and the movies of Gus Van Sant but it maintains a momentum that pulls you through despite the ending feel

  10. says:

    Pink was cute and subversive and different but all the things that made it good were also huge distractions Parts of it were non sense and parts were beautiful and often they were the same parts The self reverential theme was needed, perhaps, in a story about time travel, and it gave it a depth it would have other wi

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