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Dennis Cooper

Possibly my favorite author. Any other fans on DL? What are your favorite books? Mine would be Try and Frisk.

by Anonymousreply 3103/18/2015

No. We're friends and I don't even like his work.

by Anonymousreply 102/08/2011

is it a bad sign that i can't get through his "novels" without laughing hysterically? they're _that_ bad

by Anonymousreply 202/08/2011

Try reading his "poetry" - it's even worse than his novels.

by Anonymousreply 302/08/2011

His website....what has he against punctuation? It's like one of those unreadable experimental novels of the 70s. But the volume of it is extraordinary. How he finds time for a life I don't know. The posts he does of S&M gay teenagers are extraordinary and depressing in equal measure. People who find human squalor attractive aren't really my thing. To his credit he champions writers like Duvert that the gay lit community have rejected.

by Anonymousreply 402/08/2011


by Anonymousreply 502/09/2011

Lest we forget, he fell hook, line and sinker for Laura Crazebot "JT Leroy."

by Anonymousreply 602/09/2011

I read "My Loose Thread" after reading an essay by Zadie Smith, in which she mentioned the book admiringly. (Apparently, she also put it on her syllabus for a class she taught at Columbia.) But I don't think I understood it. He's obviously a very extreme writer, and I do think he has an interesting, almost hallucinatory prose style, but I found the novel pretty ugly and nihilistic.

He sounds like a character, though. Apparently, he made a cameo appearance in a recent French arthouse flick that starred some porn actor. (Sorry, the name escapes me.)

by Anonymousreply 702/09/2011

God jr was kind of weird. Same with the Sluts.

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by Anonymousreply 902/10/2011

Hack, Hack, Hack. He took one very obvious, "shocking" idea and wrote a slew of mediocre books about it. They were only "shocking" to mid-western breeders and bourgeois literary critics.

by Anonymousreply 1002/11/2011

I thought he was the deepest thing ever when I read Frisk during high school. I tried reading a couple other things with names I don't remember (maybe Closer?) and wasn't nearly as impressed.

by Anonymousreply 1102/11/2011

[quote] He took one very obvious, "shocking" idea

What idea was that?

by Anonymousreply 1202/12/2011

He was obsessed with Vincent Kartheiser of Mad Men for a long time. Very open about it, posting pictures of porn star that looked like him in his blog.

by Anonymousreply 1302/12/2011

Is he a trustafarian? I can't imagine him surviving only royalties.

by Anonymousreply 1403/28/2011

I agree with R10 his novels and fictional stories are pretty much ALL the same some twinks get snuffed by very rich men, or men in power. *YAWN*

Yes he is a Trustafarian R14 as he's admitted this.

I have read his poetry and yeah it's pretty bad too.

by Anonymousreply 1506/27/2013

One of the worst writers working in English today. Globally, he's in the top 10% worst writers working in ANY language. Sweden recently fired a school superintendent who supported having his work added to the required reading of their equivalent of an eighth grade class. It was judged that the superintendent obviously didn't respect the students, teachers or parents.

Further, after his publisher donated a glut of his unsold books to developing nations, the UN has suggested that residents of these nations use his books as tinder rather than reading them--even if they were the only reading material available for English-language education.

Finally, he's virulently homophobic and sexist, and a staunch opponent of immigrant rights, reproductive rights, gay marriage and traditional medicine (he believes fruit juice can cure cancer).

by Anonymousreply 1606/27/2013

How is he homophobic R16? I know he's a chickenhawk/ped0 and a scat queen but none of that's a secret.

by Anonymousreply 1707/11/2013

He owes his entire career to the photographer who let him use his images as book covers, Robert Flynt.

by Anonymousreply 1807/11/2013

Details R16?

by Anonymousreply 1903/17/2015

When he wrote about Henry in Frisk, he said he was thinking of Keanu Reeves.

by Anonymousreply 2003/17/2015

I liked Horror Hospital Unplugged.

by Anonymousreply 2103/17/2015

William S. Burroughs, admired his writing.

by Anonymousreply 2203/17/2015

Did his Russian boyfriend do him dirty? I think he was Russian...

by Anonymousreply 2303/17/2015

Richard Price recommended, Try.

by Anonymousreply 2403/17/2015

I'd imagine so R23 considering how Cooper is into scat. Is he still with the twink?

by Anonymousreply 2503/17/2015

R16, is a total bullshitter.

by Anonymousreply 2603/17/2015

How do you know he's into scat?

by Anonymousreply 2703/17/2015

Ever read his books R27?

by Anonymousreply 2803/18/2015

[quote] Yes he is a Trustafarian [R14] as he's admitted this.

Thought so. Where's the family money from?

What would we do without trustafarians? (Remember, it was Scott O'Hara who funded Steam magazine which covered gay saunas – essential reading!)

But there are so many crap ones out there who think they're artists.

by Anonymousreply 2903/18/2015

What, he's not gay?

by Anonymousreply 3003/18/2015

Yes, I've read a few of his books.

by Anonymousreply 3103/18/2015
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