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Psychologische Homöopathie. iAying attention at allKyle And I hate to be gender studies guy James Oh come on you love to be gender studies guy Your last three or so reviews givet at least a paragraphKyle I don t like The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you it It s just something I notice sometimes Anyway out of the cast of about 10 probably five of those people are gay and bisexual men I mean geez I know your view of the 70ss pretty forward but I don t think they re that closely concentrated even Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain in New YorkJames You have obviously never been to New York And those are the characters thatnvolved themselves R High Performance Programming in this I didn t pick themKyle Touch That does sort of touch on what I liked most about this book though It s such annteresting period piece with the drug references culture references and even the gay notes made by the burglar that everyone swings a little bit James I resent being called dated but you write what you know I m glad you at least got something out of my surrounding worldKyle Not only that but Jimmy s resolution to his problems seems to be to just shut down have drugs pull nto his tiny world with just his writing and his burglar with a heart of gold friend Novels today with a similar premise are all about building a world that expands out and learning about others and their problems I m fascinated by what that says about the changes n cultureJames I don t know You re the generation that s supposed to be so Scala for Java Developers in touch with your emotions Maybet s selfish but maybe that s the only way that we could deal with what was going on at the time We had a bunch of people that were like minded though Kyle Maybe And maybe we wouldn t be so eager to reach out The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur in our literaturef we didn t have people who fell back Vermeer to Eternity inside themselves before I mean of course Jimmysn t the first but Heaven to Betsy it s something I finished thinkingJames Oh thanks Laud my work then take away my notoriety This did go on to become a playf you weren t aware Thousands of people laughed and got a feeling of empathy out of So B. It itKyle Hey I m just a writer that hasn t done anything of conseuencen months Obviously my opinions are pretty worthlessJames Finally we agree on somethingKyle Hey I so want to give this book 45 stars but alas the Goodreads gods won t let me so a review will have to suffice The dialogue Cabaret in this books witty and hilarious and just mprobable enough to feel real which s probably half the reason t translated so well to a stage play the other half of the reason being of course that Kirkwood s a theatre man Besides that Jimmy Zoole Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice is one of the most honest portraits of an actor I have ever seenn a novel being an actor myself I feel somewhat ualified to make that judgment And to top En plein coeur it all off the storys so ludicrous and so wonderful that I genuinely never wanted to stop reading It didn t lag for a minute Highly recommended for absolutely anyone This book reminds me of those countless direct to video movies that have been coming out since the 80 s that nobody s ever heard of featuring one or two famous actors and taking place n some dream like new york city loft apartment and featuring an array of comical coincidences and other forms array of comical coincidences and other forms mundane weirdness Movies like Frauds the Paint Job and More Dogs Than Bones to name a forgotten few But I wanted to read t because of 1 the name and 2 because Dance Real Slow it was about a depressing New Year s Eve whichs what I am experiencing right nowJeez what a kinky book I was almost blushing at some passages But t was written by the co creator of A Chorus Line which s like the gayest thing ever so I guess The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life it all makes sense Oh man I love this book The first time I readt I made the mistake of starting t one morning when I curled up n bed I wound up not sleeping that day because I read the whole book n one sitting nstead Something about PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition it was just perfect Identified with the main character s problem of every single little goddamn thing going wrong And the way things go Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography in this book Wellt was exactly the story I needed to read right then This was the second time I read The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, it andt didn t lose any of ts charm for me To say exactly why would spoil the ending but I think I actually dentified with t exactly why would spoil the ending but I think I actually dentified with The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl it this time aroundEven takingt Exile and Pilgrim into consideration that I might like this book than the average person because of personal reasons I still really recommendt It s funny has an absurd yet totally plausible plot and the characters are just awesome There are only seven or eight total who show up on the page but I guarantee at least two of them will crack you up because you know someone exactly like that Mildly amusing but painfully dated Too dated
for me to enjoy This was probably funny back n the day now me to enjoy This was probably funny back n the day now dialogue Hannah Montana: The Movie is just unbearably mannered and really pretty twee All the characters bicker like small childrenn absurdly unconvincing speech littered with long dead slang and talics The reading experience was basically like standing at a party you didn t want to attend while someone on cocaine shouts at you I m really glad the seventies are over This s definitely a little known gem At least for me It s written by the gentleman who co wrote A Chorus Line so t s probably popular with fans of that musical But never having seen t although I have listened to the cd of Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts it I m not all that familiar with James Kirkwood s work Glad I read this though He certainly made a fan outta me PS Your Cats Dead follows the sad life of James Jimmy Zoole a man who s so down on his luck that t s laughable Literally everything A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli is going wrong for him He has hadt The last straw The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) is when hes robbed twice Then almost robbed again He loses his shit and actually learns some valuable life lessons I loved this book Some bits are laugh out loud hysterical The 2 main characters are so relatable wonderful I want to date them both at once This s one I definitely plan to re visit again and again A solid 5 star. Successful and s still staged over 200 times a year The Time of the Hunters Moon in productions around the country Now for the first timen a decade Kirkwood's much loved black humor comic novel of manners and escalating disaster returns to bewitch and beguile a new generati. .
James Kirkwood Jr. ☆ 4 Read & DownloadOne of the original black comedies This book s bizarre but very funny I love the dark sense of humor and Kirkwood nails t to a T By the end of the book you find yourself wondering who the crazy one s I think this book certainly set the bar high for those who want to venture nto the realm of un PC comedy writing Anyone who enjoys an eccentric read should check out this book It s a classic that will never go out of style I have an e friend who turned me on to PS Your Cat s Dead She wrote I highly recommend this book to all my friends It s sick and twisted and I knew then t was something I wanted to read However when I found out there was a play version also written by Kirkwood Another Way Home it s copyright 1979 with the rights owned by Samuel French that was the version I read firstAnd felln love with the play A comedy where the first line s Holy shit that has one of your main characters butt naked literally for a good half of the play and that ends with the two male leads ending up n bed together not uite as literally but with the mplication that t Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) is possible was right up my twisted little alley The basic plots about Jimmy Zoole an actor Antarctica in New York City at a turning pointn his life At 38 he hasn t uite made Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America it ands starting to realize he may never make t His relationship with his girlfriend Kate s on the decline through both of their faults but partly because he plays everything very safe and Kate Cartesian Questions: Method and Metaphysics is tired of the struggle of getting him to take the chances an actor and person needs to do occasionallyn order to grow His loft has been robbed twice n a row one of which resulted n the theft of his one and only copy of the novel he was writing n an attempt to see f he was capable of doing something other than acting And finally his cat Bobby Seale s at the vet ll And of course The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 is actually dead before we even hear about himHe comes home on New Year s Eve having been fired from his latest acting job to have his girlfriend finally break up with him and catches a robber Vito who we find outn the story Confession is also a hustler hence the endingn his house and decides to take care of the burglar himself It wasn t until just recently that I finally decided to give the book version a read There s also a movie version starring of all people Steve Guttenberg as Jimmy which I have seen It s been a long enough time since seeing t that I can t remember much outside of that t wasn t as bad as I had feared and that t had transferred the setting from New York to LA and as a result has Vito an Italian turned nto a Latino named Eddie I ve often gone on about how I don t like to compare versions whether Curators of the Buddha it s book to movie or reboot to old version Isaac Asimov used a good examplen the book How to Enjoy Writing A Book of Aid and Comfort of comparing the Mona Lisa by Da Vinci to a stained glass version by another artist They are two different mediums each with their own pros and cons and t does a disservice to both versions to compare And I really tried to not compare the book to the play
I KNOW LOVE AND HOPE TO PRODUCE AND MAYBEknow love and hope to produce and maybe direct one day But I couldn t help myself The play because of t being a play Cezanne a Study of His Development is much shorters much tighter You Owe Me One in story The novel starts off slow ands much slower paced which threw me In the novel the events happen over a few days while Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture in the playt s all Obsession: An Erotic Tale in one night I preferred the play ast gave Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era it that you had a REALLY bad day kind of feel tot and my sympathy for Jimmy stemmed a lot from that The main climax of the play Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice is alson a different place Edicts of Asoka in the book ands not the main climax there Kirkwood adds another event that I vaguely remember Upgrade Soul is alson the movie But the novel being a novel has the chance to go nto some great character development for both Jimmy and Vito I m able to fall n love with both characters much Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 in the novel and my sympathy for Jimmy comes from a different place as a result In factf I were ever given the chance to direct the play version I d make my Jimmy and Vito read the book as part of their character research Kirkwood also has the chance to have some great lines Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist in the novel that wouldn t do well spoken When talking about the theft of the novel I was victim not of burglary but of kidnapping Jimmyn the book says It would be hard harder to try to re create what I d written than creating t n the first place Having had to re write a book almost from scratch myself I could easily relate The relationship between Jimmy and Vito also has a chance to grow a bit n the novel and feel less contrived Jimmy s realization that Vito has the same eyes as Kate early on lends that Vito has the same eyes as Kate early on lends to the dea of these two potentially ending up as lovers And Kirkwood also has the chance to have Jimmy make comparisons between Vito and Bobby Seale especially the Imaginary Runner idea that Jimmy didn t adopt the cat the cat adopted him Laten the book when Jimmy says to Vito I liked my cat I loved that cat but I don t particularly like cats From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 in generalt s Fresh Water is a flat out metaphor for how Jimmy thinks about sexual relations with menn general and Vito specifically The theme of not knowing what to do with your life making this an odd bookend to my last book review French Daguerreotypes is much prevalent through the book than the play How much of what we are or become depends upon talent luck appearance type environment fate timingnheritance From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read intelligence native or acuired ors t a lot of t just plain push and shove Jimmy asks himself about midway through the book And Jimmy s not the only one having this nsight Vito n telling Jimmy about his life explains that his dead lover tried to mpart
TO HIM THE ADVICE THAT YOUhim the advice that you got to be than the life of the party as that will only last you for so long And near the end of the book Vito uotes his lover again You better find out what you want n life because that s what you re going to getThe novel also has a di. It's New Year's Eve n New York City Your best friend died n September you've been robbed twice your girlfriend Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye is leaving you you've just lost your joband the only one left to talk tos the bisexual burglar you've got tied up n the kitchen PS Yo. Fferent ending than the play and while they re both a bit contrived I like the play version t makes story sense to me and didn t have me saying Really REALLY like the novel version did but I m not sure how much of that response was because I had the other ending n my headBoth versions are uick reads and some of the best lines are n both Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild including the bestnsult ever May your orgasms turn to stone And both versions made me relate as both a writer and as someone who s had the occasional venture Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets into theatre The storys engaging the characters are believable and relatable and Electromyography for Experimentalists it goes to show thatt s okay maybe even healthy to uestion your place Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 in this world and that when bad things happen you just have to keep plugging away After all as Jimmy s friend Pete says Lifes nothing but a bunch of revue sketches The birth sketch the first day at school sketch the discovering what your dong s for sketch the marriage one and so on Some are bombs some are so so a few are perfect but when they re played out forget them On to the next And remember like revue sketches the bad ones always end Where to go what to say I had never heard of this until this Christmas when I looked for a Christmas book And what a bookEverything goes wrong Jimmy s fired his girl leaves him he gets robbed and PS his cat diesAt least he ties up the burglar And then things get REALLY strangeI liked the feel of 1972 the anti establishment attitude I got a little tired of the give and take and talk between the burglar and Jimmy at times but I kept readingIt ended as t should I didn t love t but I liked Wicked Loving Lies it Happy New Year Kyle James thanks for meeting me today I knowt was tough to manage being dead and all James Not at all When I got your note I knew I had to talk to you We have so much La heredera del mar in common Kyle How s that now James Well you re a writer who hasn t finished anything of conseuencen months and I m dead It s basically the same thing Kyle That was uncalled for James Hey I m not the one who gave your critically acclaimed wacky comedy play novel only two stars now am I There s an uncomfortable silence Kyle So I m sort of nto the dea of plays even novelized ones being these big character studies where we get a hero tossed nto a what f scenario and we see how he grows and develops through that I really liked your approach to that James Thanks It can definitely be nteresting Kyle But so much of this story wants to take Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One it over the top all the time There was so much hamn the first few sections of the story I felt I was reading a Monty Python sketch James Har Kyle Sorry But Xenophon And His World (Historia Einzelschriften) it s true James I m sorry did you not read any of the rest of the cover I co wrote A Chorus Line Where did you think subtlety was going to come from It s your own faultf you don t like the presentation Kyle Sure but I feel like you had to realize just how strong you were coming on with how ridiculous everything was James Right Let me just put that down then In a play especially farce comedies tone down the acting I remember when they told Shakespeare to do that Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe in his Kyle Okay okay But I feel likef you wanted to write a play which Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time it looks like you did then you probably should ve just done that It wouldn t have felt so weird There s this bizarre style clash between Jimmy s narration style when he s just talking to us liken a voiceover and when people are talking to each other as One Wild Weekend if they re well reading lines from a script It s so jarringt makes Forgetful of Their Sex it tough to focus on the character and the humor That s another thing though I only laughed at one scenen the whole
BOOK WHEN JIMMY THROWS FRUIT OUT HIS WINDOW ATwhen Jimmy throws fruit out his window at fleeing ex James Who doesn t want to do that Kyle I know But where were the rest of the jokes Just about everything else came off as funny because Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing it s crude which almost never worksn writing or sadtrumpetwav funny James Dotwave I have no F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby idea what words you just said Kyle I you know I meant seems like you want us to laugh at just how terrible Jimmy has Walled (The Line, it But that s not all that funny I mean the whole buildup of the first third of the books just the continuing how screwed can this guy possibly get James Like he says I don t believe Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany it Kyle Right but everything that happened to hims actually pretty believeable n fact you might argue that with the background Jimmy gives us about where he comes from and what he does and the type of person he s t was pretty much bound to happen though usually probably not all at once It s annoying that he s not trying to get out of the way of this oncoming train of terrible events James Well you re not him You don t even know what you would do Kyle I am totally glad I m not him But everything that happens after the burglar shows up s Tempting Fate incredibly farcical Almost nothing that happens once the actual play gets going makes sense I might not know what I would do but I can sort of tell you what I would not do and thats cut the burglar s pants off after having him bound prone over my kitchen counter Not to mention that the burglar mentions pretty soon after this that he d like to make t with Jimmy No judging but I feel like there were parts of this book that were personal than others Just about any moment I expected you and the burglar to start making out or some M rated scenes to start happening James It s a comedy It s not going to make sense The hilarity comes from the utterly bizarre things that he starts thinking of doing to get back at life and making things right
and HEY YOU just nsinuated that I wrote myself nto this play Kyle Well uhHEY YOU just nsinuated that I wrote myself Apocalyptic Cartography into this play Kyle Well uh s kind of right there James Jimmy etc James Just because we share a name and are both writersnvolved n the theater scene and might tend to be a little overdramatic and okay I think I see what you re sayingKyle Nothing wrong with that just something I thought aboutJames And here I thought you might not have been Ur Cat s Dead was an nstant classic upon ts Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven initial publicationn 1972 when t received widespread critical acclaim reader devotion and subseuently went through dozens of print ngs over the course of the next decade The stage version was eually.