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“Only god can make you cum… just to clarify, I’m god.”
Maybe the best Valentine’s Day promotion ever.
“Sometimes I’d be walking down the street and get a sense that it was about to happen.
Rontel, Sam Pink (via cosmiclagoon)
That it was my day.
That the universe had arranged itself perfectly around this very day, for me to get shot.
That the universe’s creation supported one final moment in a long series of other seemingly important moments, and it involved bullets in my head and chest.”
We Need To Have A Talk About “Rontel”
BY: ALEX MILLER
Alex Miller lives in Hawaii. His novella, “Osama bin Laden is Dead,” is slated for publication in November 2013 by Battered Suitcase Press. He tweets @mannerism77.
I like Sam Pink’s new novel, “Rontel” (Lazy Fascist Press, 2013). It is funny and insightful, and it makes me think that the author understands more about real life than most people who are writing today, or who have ever written.
The short novel follows an out-of-work Chicagoan as he wanders the city. Maybe this is a weird comparison, but it reminds me of “Less Than Zero” by Bret Easton Ellis, because both novels are about youngish, depressed white males and their relationships with their respective cities—although “Rontel” is grittier and more honest than “Less Than Zero,” in the same way that Chicago is more gritty and honest than Los Angeles.
The story is written in one-sentence paragraphs. The author unleashes observation after observation, describing the crumminess of the city and the hopelessness of his life.
My brother said something, but I’d been distracted by a nice flower in someone’s back yard.
Wanted to pick it for my girlfriend.
Then I realized she might be sad I killed it.
Seemed like something she’d get sad about.
I could just say, “Here, I killed this for you.”
As in, “Of course I would kill something for you.”
As in, “Everything is potentially your gift.”
I earnestly thought “this is the funniest book I have ever read” or “Rontel is the funniest book I have ever read” probably ~200x while and after reading Rontel. I said “~300x” somewhere else but ~200x seems more accurate. (I should say that I don’t feel, or haven’t felt, amused by, for example, Saturday Night Live, which to me has never seemed funny.) I didn’t feel that Rontel (which seemed, to me, hilarious and “delightful” and moving) was distracting me with humor, or anything, from things like death and confusion. I felt like it was successfully teaching me a sustainable, non-faith-based, stimulating, considerate way to live with those things.
Tao Lin re Rontel by Sam Pink
Rontel affected my actions IRL to a degree that, for me, books rarely do, I think. I viewed things differently for considerable amounts of time after reading Rontel and was, I think, more patient and considerate and less frustrated and paranoid. I was better able to view “problems”/[anything] as humorous and other people, like Schopenhauer recommended, as “fellow sufferers” and myself, in a calming manner, as insignificant. I honestly think that, in a clinical study, “reading Rontel 30-minutes/day” could be shown to be as effective, or much more effective (and cheaper, with less negative side-effects), for certain people, as [whatever methods are currently being used] for the treatment of depression or anger.