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Cool For You epub ebook

by Eileen Myles

Cool For You epub ebook

Author: Eileen Myles
Category: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Soft Skull Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2000)
Pages: 196 pages
ISBN: 188712859X
ISBN13: 978-1887128599
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 613
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Eileen Myles's Cool For You rocks so hard it hurts. Like most memoirs, it's moving, and often sad, but where other books devolve into wee wistful prettiness, Cool For You stays rigorous- like a breaststroke, performed again, and again, and again.

Eileen Myles's Cool For You rocks so hard it hurts. which she refuses to codify into "identities", though illumines beautifully nonetheless.

I read an article about Eileen Myles recently, and the writer described Myles as someone who has "an intense yet introspective interest in humanity". An interest in her own humanity, and in the lives of the humans around her. I have that too.

The first published novel of legendary poet and performer Eileen Myles follows a queer female growing up in working-class Boston, straining against the institutions that hold her: family, Catholic school, jobs at a camp, at a nursing home, at a school for developmentally disabled adult males. Free-ranging and deadpan, tragic and joyful, this is a book about women, gender, class, bodies, escape, and what it means to be inside. Never more relevant, and now with an introduction by Chris Kraus. Fiction Coming of Age. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate

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Eileen Myles (born December 9, 1949) is an American poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three decades. Novelist Dennis Cooper has described Myles as "one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature.

Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was educated at the University of. . They moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet, and subsequently a novelist and art journalist. They gravitated to the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, where they studied with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Paul Violi, and Bill Zavatsky. In 2011, Myles was a featured writer on Harriet.

This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie. In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer's life and work.

1949, Cambridge, MA, United States lives in: New York City, United States. Eileen Myles (b. 1949 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) began their career as a poet in the New York City of the 1970s, where they were influenced by the second generation of writers of the New York School including James Schuyler, Alice Notley and Bernadette Mayer. They did their first readings in CBGB‘s, the famed club in the East Village of Manhattan, where such bands as the Ramones, Patti Smith, Johnny Thunders and Blondie played

Grainy and stripped, this gritty novel traces the downbeat progress of a girl growing up in working-class Boston. “Eileen Myles is a genius!” — Dorothy Allison
Reviews (7)
Dibei
Another review here has the audacity to compare CFY to Joyce's Portait of the Artist. It's not audacious, however; Myles' book fully justifies such a comparison. Her writing would make one impatient with the great mass of contemporary writing that seems so slack beside her's.
Is there something in the Massachsetts weather that begets the likes of Thoreau, Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Charles Olson, Jack Kerouac, John Weiners, et al-- of whom Myles is the latest.
She is a blazzing talent, and Cool for You is a great American literary work.

Leyl
It's apparently the Myles moment. She's a great author and deserves this attention. This book is a really fun read. It's a memoir in case that isn't clear.

Dordred
Good god this was an awful book. I had to get it for book club and it was such a huge waste of time. No plot, no point.

catterpillar
I read this book for a book club and was very disappointed. It is not a novel, more of a memoir. The writing style is disjointed and without a coherent plot. If the author had simply called it a memoir and not a novel, I would have rated it better.

Thorgahuginn
Too many novels/memoirs get lost in pretty words and pat observations which lead to little or no insight into the "real" author. Eileen Myles doesn't play this game. Memories of sexual experiences, horrible jobs, too much booze, and a family life that doesn't resemble reruns of Ozzie and Harriet spill onto the page without artifice and without regard for chronology. The result is a dizzying, beautiful, tough and honest view into one woman's life. I couldn't stop turning the pages as I wandered deeper into Ms. Myles's memories and connected, at times, with her sense of displacement. There's also much humor in this book: Ms. Myles has an ability to paint scenes of her Catholic school experiences that can make you laugh out loud. More authors should write this honestly.

Feri
Eileen Myles's Cool For You rocks so hard it hurts. Like most memoirs, it's moving, and often sad, but where other books devolve into wee wistful prettiness, Cool For You stays rigorous- like a breaststroke, performed again, and again, and again.
Ms Myles inhabits several different descriptors- Irish Catholic, working class, lesbian, alcoholic...- which she refuses to codify into "identities", though illumines beautifully nonetheless. It's embarrassing to admit, but here I am at age 30 reading the book, and for the first time in my life really getting the horror of the snares set out for people just based on class alone. But, anyway, Ms. Myles brings all this to vivid reality before her reader- like her tale of working in a rancid home for mentally retarded adults, hungover, and bingeing on fistfuls of M&Ms- the candy used on the patients for behavior modification. Occasionally she'll switch gears entirely, putting aside the story-telling mantle and delving into off-the-cuff but nevertheless brillaint philosophizing, like the mini-rant about why the image of a female Christ could never power a whole vast culture like the male version has, because the figure of a suffering woman is a given, if not a redundancy.
Myles is a philosopher from an alien logical system- one where no one ever, ever tries to make a totalizing statement.
As a big fan of Ms. Myles' poetry, I believe that the book's flat-footed, precarious, lyrical, and epigrammatic voice stems from decades of verse-making, esp. of the hip and savvy New York School style that she is the sole remaining inheritor of. Her metaphors and descriptions are just this side (-the genius side) of disaster- in the hands of anyone else- anyone who had the slightest lapse of faith they'd collapse, leaving a big old mess. In her hands though, they punch you through conditioned ways of seeing into something rougher, and more beautiful.
An eastern European writer (Vaclav Havel? Milan Kundera?) once said something to the effect that no one actually cares about the future- that for both nation-states and the individual control of the future is only appealing in so far as it means control of the past- rewriting the official history to come out always looking good. But neither Myles' voice nor story(s) are self-seeking. Coincident with this she never tries to crystallize the past, to present it as one whit more fixed or comprehensible than right here right now, you the person reading these words. (The running story of her instutionalized grandmother, to whom the book is dedicated, is a toccata of gaps, mysteries, and paraphrase.) A conscious, chosen, and endlessly repeated act of moment-by-moment non-resolution.
That's rare discretion, and so very precious. If it were up to me, Eileen Myles would be a National Treasure.
-Piki M

Opithris
Eileen Myles' "autobiographical" novel, Cool for You is unusual. It's brave. It's outspoken, and it is VERY pretentious. The style can be confusing as it merges dialogues with narrative, leaves out punctuations and in fact, seems to leave out whole pieces of plot line. There are definitely two distinct sections in this book. The first takes place in the mental institutions referred to on the book jacket, and the second takes place in the life of Eileen Myles as she grows from child to woman. It reminded me of a "formula" I once heard someone recommend to another who didn't know how to write poetry... just write down what you want to say, and then take out ever 5th word or so... well, I don't think Eileen Myles went to quite that extent, but it does seem that what she wants to say has been restated in 5 different ways with 5 different visions of the same character. Unfortunately, none of these 5 approaches are ever resolved and they don't merge at the end with a bow to tie up all the loose ends. This book is very clearly focussed on issues she is trying to settle in her own life. What or who IS her mother? A strong, square shouldered beauty? June Cleaver with a smile and a kind word? A mealy mouthed pushover who allows her daughter free reign of the house and keeps her mouth shut when the house rules are broken? I read this one for a bookgroup discussion and one of our members actually KNOWS the family referred to in this book. That made for a very lively discussion indeed, and that is one thing I can say in favor of this book. It is like abstract art... if you keep an open mind and look really hard, but maybe not with a lot of focus, you will see things here that you didn't see at first. There is a lot of room for interpretation, or you can just take it as it comes... paint spattered on a cement wall by someone who didn't care a whole lot. I have read Eileen Myles' poetry and LOVE it, so I was disappointed with this novel. If you're looking for a fun read, you might want to look elsewhere.

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