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When poetry meets theatre in the mind of Jason Christie, a smashing performance results! Then as the curtains close, Christie sneaks off the stage, through the scenery, and out into the wilds of the Internet-and straight into the footlights and teleprompters of human experience. Like a method actor in character long after the credits have rolled, off set, off his rocker, When poetry meets theatre in the mind of Jason Christie, a smashing performance results! Then as the curtains close, Christie sneaks off the stage, through the scenery, and out into the wilds of the Internet-and straight into the footlights and teleprompters of human experience. Like a method actor in character long after the credits have rolled, off set, off his rocker, Christie runs wild from Goethe's Faust to Burton's, through 1984 and B movies from the '80s and back again. Beneath his offerings to the actor-questionable acting lessons, dubious plot treatments-lurks a deep unease at our accepted practices of looking at each other, kid. Get out the popcorn and turn on your mobile device. This is going to get dramatic.


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When poetry meets theatre in the mind of Jason Christie, a smashing performance results! Then as the curtains close, Christie sneaks off the stage, through the scenery, and out into the wilds of the Internet-and straight into the footlights and teleprompters of human experience. Like a method actor in character long after the credits have rolled, off set, off his rocker, When poetry meets theatre in the mind of Jason Christie, a smashing performance results! Then as the curtains close, Christie sneaks off the stage, through the scenery, and out into the wilds of the Internet-and straight into the footlights and teleprompters of human experience. Like a method actor in character long after the credits have rolled, off set, off his rocker, Christie runs wild from Goethe's Faust to Burton's, through 1984 and B movies from the '80s and back again. Beneath his offerings to the actor-questionable acting lessons, dubious plot treatments-lurks a deep unease at our accepted practices of looking at each other, kid. Get out the popcorn and turn on your mobile device. This is going to get dramatic.

39 review for Unknown Actor

  1. 4 out of 5

    mwpm

    I don't know about Jason Christie. I was unable to finish i-ROBOT (his collection of robot poems). Call me old fashioned, but I don't want to read poems about robots or zombies; I don't want to read poems that contain internet slangs or references to pop culture. Needless to say, I didn't find it to be a "revolutionary literary work". There's a distinction to be made between irony, satire, and gimmick. Compare gimmick to Edward Gorey's white sauce routine: The sauce is either too thin or too I don't know about Jason Christie. I was unable to finish i-ROBOT (his collection of robot poems). Call me old fashioned, but I don't want to read poems about robots or zombies; I don't want to read poems that contain internet slangs or references to pop culture. Needless to say, I didn't find it to be a "revolutionary literary work". There's a distinction to be made between irony, satire, and gimmick. Compare gimmick to Edward Gorey's white sauce routine: The sauce is either too thin or too thick. Water is added when it is too thick, but inevitably too much water is added and it becomes too thin. Flour is added when it is too thin, but inevitably too much flour is added and it becomes too thick. Etc... In the end, it is still either too thin or too thick, but there is too much and the parties involved must sit down to eat. Like White's quip about analyzing humour being like disecting a frog, someone dies. That is the danger of gimmick. And that, in part, is why I don't know about Jason Christie. Unknown Actor isn't much better than i-ROBOT . The only difference is, I finished it. But it is still encumbered by gimmicks that distract from the few good poems. In this case, the gimmicks come in the form of poems in which every line begins with "Notes toward..." ("Act X, Scene X"), poems that take up the internet method of approval ("Fidelio, or I like liking"), and poems named after films ("Weekend at Bernie's", "Sister Act 2"). Of course I'm only naming a few of the more noteworthy (or less cringeworthy) gimmicks. Notes toward the eventually busted limit Notes toward a catastrophobic recent past Notes toward convincing the world of matter Notes toward a shiny new plasticity Notes toward two or three more imaginary numbers Notes toward more notes for poetics [...] - Act X, Scene X, pg. * liked to like being liked i liken it to like liking like liked liking like liked like to liked, like liking, i like being liked and liking i like like like in liking i like find i like liking like i like liking like everything [...] - Fidelio, or I like liking, pg. 71 * Weep for me who cannot weep for me, I am image and words and you are the words: flesh and blood, wounds and scars. This many unresisted conscripts that wept, turning victory hands into "against them or us," wither way it's thumbs up for curtains. - Sister Act 2, pg. 83 * Some generous plants - apples, flowers, opulent roses, and collectible sounds we surmise as being articulable or welcomed to strive. Our inherited shrine entombed in the idea of anarchy, where we wait and pretend we just don't want. - Weekend at Bernie's, pg. 84

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    thank you for letting me have an firsst reads copy of this good reads and as well thank you author !! :) but i have to say in an honest opinion that it was an okay boook, but in the end i did not like it, it really was not for me , but if you are someone who like plays then you will like it

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Herston

    In compliance with FTC guidelines; I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. New age hipster poetry that would play well in a poetry coffee house. It is not really my thing as I am more into classical poetry. I found it helped to read it out loud.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul

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