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Motel Chronicles

by Sam Shepard

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This slim volume of random poems, photos and prose sketches, is no mere scrap heap, for it contains the sort of delightful, deranged, dusty, and gothic bits of art that would be spotlighted if the two guys on American Pickers were transformed into earwigs and allowed to spend several weeks crawling around inside Sam Shepard's brain. It's really the perfect book for waiting in line. Each page, for the most part, is a self-contained vignette, which you can digest in a minute, or ruminate on for much longer, until the receptionist, or unemployment clerk, nurse, or maitre d' calls your name. Imagine filling a bowl, in William Buroughs collage fashion, with snippets in the styles of Richard Brautigan, Arthur Rimbaud, and Charles Bukowski and then blowing the mix into a whirlwind with a hairdryer set to the temperature of summer in West Texas. The scattered fallout would approximate the flavor, rhythm and pattern as Motel Chronicles. Magically, a mosaic portrait of the author emerges, with a Mona Lisa enigmatic grin (with maybe a toothpick and tilted cowboy hat added), no matter how you scatter the pieces. ( )
2 vote Ganeshaka | May 7, 2011 |
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Motel Chronicles reveals the fast-moving and sometimes surprising world of the man behind the plays that have made Sam Shepard a live legend in the theater. Shepard chronicles his own life birth in Illinois, childhood memories of Guam, Pasadena and rural Southern California, adventures as ranch hand, waiter, rock musician, dramatist, and film actor. Scenes from this book form the basis of his play Superstitions, and of the film (directed by Wim Wenders) Paris, Texas, winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.

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