Adam Levin s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of death defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth Rolling Stone.Now, in the stories of Hot Pink, Levin delivers ten smaller worlds, shaken snow globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, ChicagolaAdam Levin s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of death defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth Rolling Stone.Now, in the stories of Hot Pink, Levin delivers ten smaller worlds, shaken snow globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon laden dumptrucks, and walls that ooze gels Told with lust and affection, karate and tenderness, slapstickery, ferocity, and heart, Hot Pink is the work of a major talent in his sharpest form Hot Pink comes in three resplendent colors pink, gray and blue.
Hot Pink Adam Levin s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed about books of a sprawling universe of death defying sentences manic wit exciting provocations and simple human warmth Roll
rating i didn t hem and haw over my star rating the way mfso did this is an easy four stars i loved reading it, but nature of the beast not every story was perfection i lost no sleep over my ratingview do you want the good news or the bad news the good news is, adam levin does not need 2000 pages to make his pointse bad news is, in some of these stories, i feel like he was unconsciously punishing himself, foot binding himself into smaller containers so that he didn t spill over into instructions [...]
No one probably noticed, but I ve been on a bit of a review vacation lately This is probably good news for the couple of people who have let me know in the last week that no one cares to read about x where x is whatever it is that I m writing about that person y feels is not relevant or not sharing in their own opinion on a matter Y s opinion of x hasn t been the reason G that would be for Greg hasn t been writing reviews, or sharing x with the world I ve just been feeling overwhelmed, or busy [...]
I hate using stars I wish I d never started I didn t realize you could add books without adding stars until long after having joined It s too late to stop and revise hundreds of ratings In too deep to turn back now I think everyone is aware of how problematic and nerve wracking and inaccurate the stars can be, so I m going to avoid a boring and prolonged explanation, which has already been given by others many times over on this site I ll just say that there was a near constant battle between 4 [...]
Even though this is coming out in 2012, it still made my CCLaP best of 2011 list, because I am awesome and a proofreader and I got to read it early I m not really going to tell you much about it because I don t want to blow up McSweeney s spot, but look Did you like The Instructions Did you think it was probably the greatest sprawling modern epic novel of 2010, if not the greatest sprawling modern epic novel ever Then you will love the short stories in Hot Pink Maybe not quite as much, but plent [...]
A sharp collection of spicy experimental stories Certainly, the star of this collection is the candy colored language Hot Pink is filled with unexpected angles, jarring juxtapositions, and electrically charged word snaps In other words Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition I don t even know what that has to do with this Nothing, damnit.I will admit that it took me a while to get into this The non realistic narratives threw me off at first, but once I got into the flow of it, the stories really [...]
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This is yet another contemporary author who schtick I simply don t get It s completely possible that my disengagement from popular culture and or pastimes has made me somewhat of an idiot savant, only conversant in the one or two topics that I m well informed on and interested in, so if this book is saying something about the youth of today, I may have missed the boat or am simply not cool enough to be in the know I guess I was hoping, quite naively, for a jokey, humorous, ironic tone, kind of l [...]
Adam Levin continues to be amazing I loved his first novel, The Instructions, and this collection of stories is a worthy successor Levin s writing has a certain very enjoyable atmosphere that is like nothing I ve ever seen anywhere else, and that is very difficult for me to describe meaning that it s impossible for me to write anything resembling a satisfying review of a Levin book Something to do with the particularity and peculiarity of moment to moment thoughts.If you re curious about Levin, [...]
The literary world is staring at Adam Levin How could they not His first novel, massive and reportedly brilliant in both concept and language The Instructions, 2010 was met with immediate acclaim and comparisons to the late David Foster Wallace Mercifully, Levin s follow up, Hot Pink, is a wonderfully manageable, wildly creative and deeply insightful collection of short stories Love is a theme though an extremely unreliable ally for Levin s characters as they march through personal changes, fate [...]
Levin s fiction pulsates like flexing muscles There is a brutal edge to a lot of his writing, though there can also be delicate emotion, that seems to perfectly voice the time in which we are currently living Sometimes bizarre, these stories are always interesting and prove for me beyond any doubt that Levin s unique voice in The Instructions was in no way a fluke but instead heralded the arrival of an important modern writer.
I haven t read Levin s The Instructions yet but it s on my bookshelf and after reading through a galley of his first story collection, Hot Pink, I m eager to dive into His Big Book Though the influence of George Saunders comes through from time to time, Levin s stories are something else entirely Violence is commonplace Love is sincere but confusing and misguided And of course they re all funny.
Adam Levin is offbeat, smart, and genuinely funny He pays attention to people in the margins, and he s as adept in the short story form as in his mammoth novel The Instructions Two of the stories in the collection, Relations and How to Play The Guy felt a little too detached and conceptual for my taste, but it was all interesting, rewarding reading.
The first thing you have to understand is that Adam Levin s short story collection Hot Pink is nothing like his massive and impressive novel from 2010, The Instructions If that sort of sustained impact is what you re looking for, you won t find it here the stories in Hot Pink are for the most part relatively straightforward slices of admittedly rather bizarre life There s just not as much room to stretch out here as there was in Levin s blockbuster novel.I didn t always like these pieces, either [...]
There s something about the way Adam Levin plays with your expectations of innocence For all the shocking, fucked up shit they engage in, his characters are psychologically vulnerable and sheltered In a way, each of the stories in Hot Pink is a study of human interaction as performance this is how we act when we think others are looking Hell, this is how we act when no one is looking, when the only person we re trying to fool is the self The climax of each story tends to be the moment when this [...]
It s a wonderful thing to discover a new favorite writer, especially a relatively young one from whom I expect many great books over the coming years I already knew I loved Levin s writing a few pages into The Instructions and then 100 pages in, and then 400 pages in, and then 1000 pages in The stories in Hot Pink merely solidify that status My only complaint is that, being exactly Mr Levin s target demo, I am a subscriber to McSweeney s, and have thus read a number of these stories previously a [...]
it s crazy how distinct adam levin s style is after having published only one book before this if you read the instructions and then just happened to stumble across one of these stories, it would take you about five pages to figure out who wrote it his writing is almost like the literary version of a 3d movie the words feel like they re jumping off of the page i guess the book could best be described as a collection of really fu ed up love stories i d been waiting on this to come out for a long [...]
I just really love Adam Levin Even though I didn t necessarily adore the story of every story in this collection, I still loved the delivery so much that I d rank Hot Pink in my top few short story collections Mr Levin s style seems so new and original to me, with just the right amount of experiment and pretension to make me feel smart And dare I say it something about this book reminded me a bit of DFW And it made me want to read The Instructions again Major thanks to my cousin Rachel for passi [...]
This was good and I definitely still like Adam Levin and will slavishly follow him through the McSweeney s aisle of the store in my brain, but I felt like I read all the best bits already throughout the different internet establishments or issues of MSs lucky enough to get an excerpt of Hot Pink What was left was not bad but not great and eh but I read the whole thing.Recommended for specific fans of Levin or people who do not know internet.
Levin s rhetorical, rabbinical style carries this darker and less polished collection Had I read this first, I would not have predicted The Instructions I am looking forward to what is next.
Written by my former professor who displayed a passion for contemporary short fiction Experimental writing style, some streams of consciousness and tableau Animalistic themes pertaining to human nature Reflective of Chicago culture Reminiscent of Miranda July meets Kurt Vonnegut with a hint of George Saunders.
His stories are disturbing brilliantly written, but often emotionally violent, with an undertone, even in adults, of adolescent thinking Can t put them down, not sure if I like them And can t wait for his next book The Instructions was one of a few, all time favorite books of mine.
A lot of these are neat experiments, but it didn t have the room that Levin prospers in Funny, exciting, and a little strange Displays the same ferocity and kindness from The Instructions.
This book is the right kind of clever Fun, heartfelt language gaming throughout Highlights Frankenwittgenstein, Jane Tell, Hot Pink.
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Levin s stories are filled with playful language There are a lot of games in the short volume, which can quickly shift from fun to playing for keeps.
I was one of many people who read and was gobsmacked by Adam Levin s very large and funny and totally anarchic debut THE INSTRUCTIONS shortly after it appeared at the beginning of the decade It was a neural imprinter, that one I know this because as I was reading HOT PINK I m guessing about seven or eight years after reading THE INSTRUCTIONS I very quickly felt a shiver of recognition I recognized that voice It is interesting that HOT PINK begins w the story Frankenwittgenstein because it is the [...]
I love short stories because they are the best of all worlds If something isn t working, it s over pretty quickly and I haven t burned a bunch of time and mental energy If something really is working, you get left with the feeling that you could have read so much of that story, which is endears the writer and story to you I almost always leave a short story collection feeling happy and excited about the author or authors whom I have just read.Great hit to miss ratio in this volume I especially [...]
Disorienting read Adam Levine s Hot Pink takes fragments of stories and places them somewhat haphazardly together, creating a disjointed whole The first two stories of the novel were entertaining Not unsurprisingly, these seemed to be the only stories with character development and at least a minor attempt to adhere to a logical narrative structure While Levine s creativity is unparalleled, his ability to complete thoughts and remain grounded, if only for explanatory purposes, remains largely in [...]
Le vite, soprattutto sessuali, di personaggi immerse nella contemporaneit dell Interregno.Racconti brillanti che sono una sorpresa da questo autore a me prima sconosciuto.