12.5 review of Jeff Jackson’s Destroy All Monsters

Track 1. I grew up in Beaumont, TX. There wasn’t a whole hell of a lot going on at night, so we used to congregate in the seedy downtown area, at a club called Fuzzgun. This is a book about that. Not that place or area of the country, but that phenomenon, the hope and mystery that a club and bands bring to lonely, bored teenagers.

Track 2. A possible structure for this novel might be.

Track 3. Rise above

Track 4. Nobody was surprised when Arcadia’s only record store closed its doors. Outside the Broken Ear, the owner left piles of records, cassettes, and compact discs free for the taking. Weeks after the locks were changed and the windows covered with construction permits, the stacks remained untouched, blackening in the weather. p. 30

Track 5. The writing in this book gleams like a knife.

Track 6. It felt like a spell had been cast, giving shape to something formless floating in the air. Part of me worried that somehow I had unleashed it, as if I had accidentally uttered an incantation in my sleep. P.38

Track 7. The band I’ve seen the most times live is by far Fugazi. They were also one of the first bands I saw live and to this day I can’t think of another band that brings it the same way they do. This video can attest to that.

Track 8. Jeff does an amazing job of pervading the atmosphere with a sinister feel. It lurks just there behind the door, around the corner; it hovers above you and watches you while you sleep.

Track 9. Check out this rad interview with Jeff. (In fact, Otherppl has a bunch of awesome interviews.)

Track 10. Le tigre saved my life once.

Track 11. In photographs, the killers’ uninhabited stares generate a sort of negative gravity, an implosive pull that destabilizes their surroundings. But close-up, none of these kids are intimidating […] Or maybe he’s mistaking photographs for reality. Maybe gravity isn’t achieved until the trigger is pulled. P.190

Track 12. As a writer one of the things that made me shake my head in awe/envy was the way the B-side complemented the A-side and tied the story together while still very much remaining like a B-side. (Trust me – you’ll see what I mean).

Hidden track: buy

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