He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try to love Howard Dean or try, simply, to get excited about Politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed and broken-hearted as he is. Looking Forward To It is the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical -- and hilarious -- journey through the election process. It is on the campaign trail that he will meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupt journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians.
Rock the vote. Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Stephen Elliott
His report documents a journey into the center of "the thing", our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound gesture of democracy: the election. Get A Copy.
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Feb 11, Molly Dearth rated it it was amazing. I read this and was smiling through my tears in the months after the election. Aug 04, Lindsey added it. Mar 02, Amy rated it liked it.
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This book was written during the Democratic primaries for the election about the time that I read it and probably seems dated now. However, knowing the outcome doesn't take too much fun out of reading it. The title is pretty ironic since Elliott seems so hopeless at times. My favorite part was the description of the unwashed hordes of volunteers mobilized by Howard Dean.
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Not because a former stripper has been nominated for a screenwriting Oscar for her movie about a pregnant year-old. Now is a special time.
It is a time for change. And rub against each other. And get each other all worked up, and get each other off. It is a time for Stephen Elliott to work his literary sex magic, maybe saving our nation and the world in the process. He has convened the randiest, most writerly sons and daughters of our great republic and called them to arms for a bold and ardent literary anthology. It involves two-dozen tales of pleasure and desire and people coming together—or trying to—and humor and kink and carnal vitality.
It understands that the quest for consummation is the basic dramatic narrative of politics and yearns for a new mode of political storytelling—less hectoring, less isolating, less expected, more hot to trot. Its timing is perfect. Every two years, marriages across the country are destroyed by the campaign season.
She loved that suggestion. With the acknowledgement that only in Northern California, perhaps, could this particular project come to pass, Elliott recounts the details of his endeavor with palpable glee, a disarming lack of self-seriousness. Fuck him. So it goes with the pursuit of happiness: We seem to spend most of our days fucking up and fixing mistakes.
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Nobody knew. Like many of his personal stories, it sounds like fertile soil for literature. Sex is minor.
And I say that as a sex activist. You gotta read that way and write that way. Elliott puts on a popular reading series to raise money for progressive politicians—most recently in January for Fourth District congressional candidate Charlie Brown—and he keeps busy socially, but where his literary identity is concerned, he seems to remain a sort of loner. From Chicago originally, Elliott ran away from home at 13 and became a ward of the state of Illinois as an adolescent. His first few novels are grim and yearning and often delicately lovely.
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He has written about liking to be hurt and held afterward. And Sex for America , too, manages a kind of sweetly fringy appeal, not to mention the legitimacy of letting individual voices speak for themselves. It just sounds like bad writing. It may change their reading boundaries.
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