You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. I just love Dana Spiotta. But, Spiotta brings everythi. 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. EAT THE DOCUMENT 1971 U.S. film. 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. She is despairing but understanding and her characters live and breathe and don’t exist to provide punch lines. Double Feature! 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. The other novel I'm currently reading City on Fire takes up this theme as have countless others I've read - books by DeLillo, Roth, Pynchon, Letham, Franzen spring immediately to mind. I don't know a single person who talks like this, but every character in this book does. Unlike most of what you see hereabouts, this is required and reflects actual research. Scribner published Dana Spiotta’s first novel, Lightning Field, in 2001. Finally had the chance to read this older novel by Spiotta. Look back at our favorite moments throughout the year, from award shows to up-close shots of celebrities. Now, in the 1990s, Mary's 15-year-old son Jason (a '70s music buff) begins to uncover his mother's dangerous secret. The places (L.A., Seattle, etc.) but yes, some of the characters did sound a little bit too much like cultural. 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. She is despairing but understanding and her characters live and breathe and don’t exist to provide punch lines. Thirty years on, now living as Louise, Mary must decide whether to give. Eat The Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. Its successes and its flaws are all so widespread, it's as if I'd found the Platonic form of the Contemporary Novel. I mulled over rating Eat the Document for a while. This is a perfectly mediocre book, reasonably entertaining, but absolutely wonderful for understanding today's literature. the book works best as an obsessive's look at history. Bobby, now known as Nash, runs an alternative book store for his friend Henry, who is dying of cancer. To be enthralled by something, anything. New favourite author. Screening with: Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud Todd Haynes, USA, 1985, 16mm, 43m Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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 books opens with Mary changing her name and deciding where to go to create a new life for herself. It speaks to you for a reason.” I have a feeling I’ll be quoting Eat the Document endlessly. Although the novel's structure gives it an inevitably fragmented feeling, Eat the Document (the title comes from a documentary about Dylan's 1966 tour) is a powerful and disturbing book. And made dishes including spaghetti, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, tacos ,etc. 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. 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. I actually had less trouble buying this from the teenagers because in my experience many nerdy teenagers are like this -- sounding a bit like they've swallowed a text rather than truly engaged with it critically or assimilated it into their understanding. Or it might really disturb you and piss you off, depending on how seriously you take yourself. Psychoanalysts sometimes speak of the epistemophilic instinct, an unbridled love of learning that grips scholars like fingernails in their backs. Now, in the 1990s, Mary's 15-ye. Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. Seems to me that Bernardine Dohrn was attractive, rebellious, AND a law professor at Northwestern. 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. A book handling that sounds bloated and unapproachable, but not in Spiotta’s hands, her vision is almost clinical but somehow remains human. With Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko. One of the best examples of "show, don't tell" that I've ever come across. Each of the many characters in Eat the Document is introduced at a point in time and developed carefully, richly, slowly, and mysteriously. Starting with her love for Bobby, another tester, and chronicling her journey to eventually become a completel I bought a copy of Eat The Document after finishing Stone Arabia , also by Dana Spiotta. 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. 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. I bought this for a pound from Oxfam. And it isn't random. Check out how it tranforms them. You know, those dudes. Sometimes they are called Did she plant the bomb knowing the maid was there? A book handling that sounds bloated and unapproachable, but not in Spiotta’s hands, her vision is almost clinical but somehow remains human. Eat The Document Bob Dylan (Actor, Director), Johnny Cash (Actor), D.A. Well, not quite, but I did read this surprising novel today. Eat the Document. "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. 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. often actually through the narrative rather than just in conversation which is a plus -- I mean that's why you read novels rather than essays right? A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. It's a better novel than her most recent one, Stone Arabia. 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. Eat the Document would make a good, but probably unwatchable, triple feature with Neil Young's Journey Through the Past and The Stones' Cocksucker Blues, a sixties triptych painted on broken windowpanes after a night of very bad drugs. It was shot under Dylan's direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary Dont Look Back chronicled Dylan's 1965 British tour. 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. 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. 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. 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. Mary and Bobby have taken part in an operation that sets off bombs in the homes of CEOs responsible for the manufacture of explosives during the Vietnam War. the book works best as an obsessive's look at history. 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. "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. Sometimes I even think maybe my deepest obsessions are just random manifestations of my loneliness or isolation. It is fantastic. Spiotta is a gifted writer who is skilled at revealing truths in poetic language. unpopular popular culture infatuations that don’t really last and don’t really mean anything. spiotta does a nice job of documenting (no pun intended) the way the 60's have been archived in people's memories - as an. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. 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. 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. this was actually great. We’d love your help. She writes about artists/musicians/etc. Refresh and try again. I think Dana Spiotta should be considered right up there amongst the pantheon that includes such notables as Franzen, Lethem, Lipsyte, Foer, etc. The narrators alternate, but the most satisfying storylines are Mary’s, an ex-radical with a fake identity, and her teenage son Jason’s, whose journal entries include analyzing pop music and bootleg recordings. The film was … And it used just the right level of Mimento-like flashes to pull you along without losing you in excessive co. I wish I could tell you more articulately why I like Dana Spiotta, all I can say is check her out. Bob Dylan on tour with the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975; concert footage, documentary interviews and bizarre improvised character scenes. Most of the focus of the iconoclasts we meet is on music. 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. With its energetic execution, passages seem to vibrate, beautifully written yet precise. In fact, there are probably more novels on this theme than deal with the infinitely more influential and important civil rights movement. A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. In the heyday of the 1970s underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker -- passionate, idealistic, and in love -- design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. 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. I don't see much point regurgitating plot for you, that's everywhere. I don't see much point regurgitating plot for you, that's everywhere. Maybe my interest in the old 60's romantic revolutionaries flavored my initial attraction, I don't know....But before I knew it, I was drawn in--caring about the characters. Absolutely for fans only, this is a documentary of a Dylan tour made by a camera held in a very shaky hand. If you garnered your notion of the USA solely from literature you'd probably end up thinking anti-establishment terrorism was a widespread phenomenon. Absolutely for fans only, this is a documentary of a Dylan tour made by a camera held in a very shaky hand. Dylan's attempt at deconstructing or subverting or whatever he was trying to do to his own myth here says a lot about the era and leaves the artist as enigmatic as he ever has been, with the usual alternation between sublime poetry and clunking misfires. Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan. Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland with the Hawks. Got this from the library so I couldn't write in it, which is frustrating-- will be on lookout for my own copy. If you wanted to, you could look at it that way, and you might find you aren't wasting your life. Reviews Mary, who now goes by the name Louise, is raising a 16-year old son, Jason. The title Eat the Document comes from a documentary about Bob Dylan's 1966 tour. To be enthralled by something, anything. Her previous novel, Lightning Field, was a New York Times Notable Book, and she has received a number of awards and grants for her work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize in Literature. 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. So are the semiotics related to it. Finally had the chance to read this older novel by Spiotta. But, Spiotta brings everything together very well, leading to a subtle, yet strong conclusion. Why you should eat my food I've been cooking since i've been 11 years old. The other major thread follows activists in Seattle in the 90s and how they shadow and mimic the movements of the 60s and 70s. 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. I don't know a single person who talks like this, but every character in this book does. 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 … 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. Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid. It was shot under Dylan’s direction by D. A. Pennebaker, whose groundbreaking documentary Dont Look Back chronicled Dylan’s 1965 British tour. Perhaps this novel was written just for me! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What if he figures things out for himself first? not quite often enough to bump it up to five stars but pretty damn often. Mary, who now goes by the name Louise, is raising a 16-year old son, Jason. . “Eat the Document” firmly resists any temptation to document specific time, place and events. Sometimes I even think maybe my deepest obsessions are just random manifestations of my loneliness or isolation . It is fantastic. There’s this mess of lives intertwined, consequences, loss. And it used just the right level of Mimento-like flashes to pull you along without losing you in excessive complexities of detail. There’s this mess of lives intertwined, consequences, loss. Engagingly written, interesting tale of two radicals forced to separate and go underground after a bombing kills an innocent person. What I did do, and will have to un-do, is un-turn all the corners on pages I turned down while reading it. I am experienced in cooking and I want to be a chef when I grow up. In the heyday of the seventies underground, Bobby DeSoto and Mary Whittaker- passionate, idealistic, and in love – design a series of radical protests against the Vietnam War. comment. Mary Whittaker and Bobby DeSoto have constructed lives for themselves like Popsicle-stick houses: brittle, unfurnished, painstakingly assembled but made to be snapped apart or abandoned in a moment. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. I participated in my share of protests against the Vietnam War and the tragedy of Kent State. It starts simple, and then moves back and forth in time sketching out the narrative and the characters. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? 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. I've cooked for 5 years. Eat the Document November 28th 2006 Commissioned by ABC-TV, Bob Dylan's film, Eat The Document, never saw the light of day.Why? 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. One of the best examples of "show, don't tell" that I've ever come across. This is a fabulous novel that compares youth culture and activism now versus the late 1960's when war raged in Vietnam. Image: By Rachel Stern. Directed by Bob Dylan. I love her characters' internal dialogues, contemplative without being pretentious, or if pretentious, then i. This is my weird habit of marking places that move me, often for the language or the feeling. Watch this documentary together and discuss why you think this is an appropriate title for Dana Spiotta's novel. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. 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. i loved the parallels between mary - the weather underground-ish activist turned melancholic quasi-soccer mom - and jason, her precocious, beach-boys-obsessed son. This means they eat meat and enjoy feasting on other sea creatures. The main characters of Dana Spiotta's magnificent second novel, Eat the Document, they were once in love, but spend all but a few pages of the book intentionally distant and out of communication--fugitives after executing a political bombing in the '70s that went awry. I must be officially done with school because I am reading again! but yes, some of the characters did sound a little bit too much like cultural theorists. Search for "Eat the Document" on Amazon.com, Title: 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. 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 preferred Innocents & Others, but this was still good. The Music Legend’s 10 Best Film Performances, Inside Criterion's Incredible Restoration of Dylan Doc 'Don't Look Back'. 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. In fact, there are probably more novels on this theme than deal with the infinitely more influe. View production, box office, & company info, Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan! Eating with your fingers is messy. The main characters of Dana Spiotta's magnificent second novel, Eat the Document, they were once in love, but spend all but a few pages of the book intentionally distant and out of communication--fugitives after executing a political bombing in the '70s that went awry. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. Eat The Document ( 1967) by roberto dylan. i loved the parallels between mary - the weather underground-ish activist turned melancholic quasi-soccer mom - and jason, her precocious, beach-boys-obsessed son. 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. Plus, the fact that this book is tackling very serious, relevant stuff about "radicalism" and social change makes it super compelling. Or is it? I've made many dishes since i've been cooking. This is my first experience with this author, and it was a positive one throughout. 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. 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. not quite often enough to bump it up to five stars but pretty damn often. 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. Go to www.speakout.com to get information about animal rights, race relations, and other topics. In Western culture, it is often seen as a child’s way to consume, full of abandon and, as such, sensual and seductive. A larger plot gradually reveals itself as do the links between the characters. 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. Scribner $24.00 This FAQ is empty. Eat The Document is primarily the story of Mary Whittaker, alias Caroline, alias Louise Barrot, who turns into a fugitive after an act of protest against the violence of the Vietnam war ends badly. often actually through the narrative rather than just in conversation which is a plus -- I mean that's why you read novels rather than essays right? I'll just say she hits on things that interest me like 60s/70s radicals, great music, bookstores, well drawn characters. If you garnered your notion of the USA solely from literature you'd probably end up thinking anti-establishment terrorism was a widespread phenomenon. Is there such a thing as a utilitarian book? (1972). [What happened in the second last chapter? With its energetic execution, passages seem to vibrate, beautifully written yet precise. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. While on a tour she meets a younger, more popular rocker and switches her loyalties. A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. Eat the Document is a compelling story of activism, sacrifice and the cost of living a secret. 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. Topics Eat The Document ( 1967) Eat The Document ( 1967) Addeddate 2016-05-18 19:35:06 Identifier EatTheDocument1967 Scanner Internet Archive HTML5 Uploader 1.6.3. plus-circle Add Review. You might even feel Edgar Hoover wasn't such a nutjob as he appears. Eat the Document is a documentary of Bob Dylan’s 1966 tour of the United Kingdom with the Hawks. Add the first question. Which means this review got a little out of hand. All the theoretical ideas aside, the characters are real. 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. Eat the Document is a hugely compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret. 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. 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. Her understanding of record geek obsession shows her has a true audiophile, I can recognize a music geek, her placement of Captain Beefheart, Skip Spence, Beach Boys, the cult band Love, and Funkadelic’s beautiful and desolate “Maggot Brain” in the text in ways that are more than name dropping show her capability to critique and analyze our culture. 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. 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. Thirty years later, both are living (unbeknownst to one another) in the Seattle area. Pennebake (Director) & Format: DVD. The narrators alternate, but the most satisfying stor. It was shot under Dylan’s direction by D. A. 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