Black Wave #2020

Black Wave By Michelle Tea Black Wave Desperate to quell her addiction to drugs disastrous romance and nineties San Francisco Michelle heads south for LA But soon it s officially announced that the world will end in one year and life
  • Title: Black Wave
  • Author: Michelle Tea
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  • Black Wave By Michelle Tea Desperate to quell her addiction to drugs, disastrous romance, and nineties San Francisco, Michelle heads south for LA But soon it s officially announced that the world will end in one year, and life in the sprawling metropolis becomes increasingly weird.While living in an abandoned bookstore, dating Matt Dillon, and keeping an eye on the encroaching apocalypse, MichelleDesperate to quell her addiction to drugs, disastrous romance, and nineties San Francisco, Michelle heads south for LA But soon it s officially announced that the world will end in one year, and life in the sprawling metropolis becomes increasingly weird.While living in an abandoned bookstore, dating Matt Dillon, and keeping an eye on the encroaching apocalypse, Michelle begins a new novel, a sprawling and meta textual exploration to complement her promises of maturity and responsibility But as she tries to make queer love and art without succumbing to self destructive vice, the boundaries between storytelling and everyday living begin to blur, and Michelle wonders how much she ll have to compromise her artistic process if she s going to properly ride out doomsday.
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    About "Michelle Tea"

    1. Michelle Tea

      Michelle Tea born Michelle Tomasik is an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics She is originally from Chelsea, Massachusetts and currently lives in San Francisco Her books, mostly memoirs, are known for their views into the queercore community In 2012 Tea partnered with City Lights Publishers to form the Sister Spit imprint.

    702 thoughts on “Black Wave”

    1. Wow, this book It starts in San Francisco in the 1990s, focused on drug culture and queer culture Originally I wasn t going to read this book because I have no reference point for drug culture and it always feels so foreign to read about it But I started seeing some discussion of it and decided to give it a try One chapter in, I was impressed by the vivid language but still not convinced then I got to the first sentence of chapter 2 and I was hooked That afternoon Michelle woke up on her futon c [...]


    2. In this wanton riot of individuality, we hear the story of a struggling author who works in a book shop by day and experiments with hard drugs for artistic inspiration by night Michelle Tea writes in a fast edgy style that reflects the nature of her character it is chatty, modern and slightly eccentric The protagonist, also named Michelle, lives a life with no stop lights She works She parties She writes She works She parties She writes The cycle continues until Michelle gets a particularly stro [...]


    3. Reading this novel is like leaping from rock to rock across a rushing river when you re not sure there is any way to get all the way across or if instead you re just going to tumble in and get carried downstream Fearless, propulsive motion Liquid language that tumults forward A collapse between writer, narrator, and reader that feels physical and actual, not metafictional and theoretical It left me breathless and exhilarated.


    4. Wow I don t know what just happened this book contains so many things I normally hate extensive descriptions of drug use, long dream sequences, a hipper than thou setting, a self consciously post modern approach to narrative and yet I loved it, couldn t put it down and hovered on the brink of 5 stars before settling on 4.5 Kudos Ms Tea I thought Black Wave was going to be this year s How Should A Person Be or Ban en Banlieue, each of which took the memoir novel feminist pomo hipster slot in prio [...]



    5. This is one of those books that I would have never picked up if left to my own devices Silly Me Even when Black Wave came up as a Buddy Read for my Newest Literary Fiction group, I shunned it reviews got posted and still I dallied What propelled me to actually get off my rump and get this book was its inclusion on the Tournament of Books shortlist.Black Wave is an apocalyptic novel written in two parts The first part is set in San Francisco s Queer sub culture It highlights the main character Mi [...]


    6. I m blown away by this book, which is a new kind of autofiction anti memoir whatever yes Black Wave is simultaneously vintage Michelle Tea and something wholly new, even futurist It s a retelling of Michelle Tea s past as, or through, fiction fiction and as a painful history that has to die The sardonic flippancy of her earlier memoirs is here, but there s an edge to it, self loathing creeping through in the use of a detached, ironized third person point of view It s a sobriety narrative, it s a [...]


    7. One girl was doing an art project in which she documented herself urinating on every SUV she encountered.Hmmm.I took out a subscription to support the wonderful press And Other Stories, publishers of such great books as the BTBA winning Signs Preceding the End of the World, the Goldsmith s shortlisted Martin John, Swimming Home and The Folly One issue with this model is that one doesn t have any discretion over the books included, and the first book, with my name printed in the back with the man [...]


    8. Black Wave is possibly the most fearless and daring book of Michelle s career It s a novel with clear autobiographical roots but with a twist of apocalypse and reinvention As always, Tea s prose is visceral and close up, burrowing under your skin But it also drifts back, getting a wider view of the full story as the book s hero, also named Michelle, leaves behind the bittersweet good times of her San Francisco identity shout out to The Chameleon poetry bar and moves to Los Angeles shout out to M [...]


    9. 4,5What to say, what to say Imagine a Jackson Pollock painting You love or hate it That s one thing.Secondly, nobody can do a better job at painting a Jackson Pollock like painting than Jackson Pollock.I had the same thing with Black wave This book feral, messed up, extreme as it is could not have been written any better than it was by Michelle Tea Her ink is splattering, her voice so present and personal, her metaphors wild yet hitting your harder and softer spots From the first to the last wor [...]


    10. Funny, ultra imaginative and completely unique A crazy mash up of autobiography, meta fiction, sci fi, existentialism, memoir, 90 s nostalgia, and apocalyptic fiction This was my first Michelle Tea book, and I loved it


    11. For most of my reading life, I have consciously avoided feminist and LGBTQ literature, finding the former too strident for my taste and the latter too foreign to my life experience to relate to That I drew most of my TBR list from the New York Times Book Review did nothing to counter this tendency Since joining the community and, specifically, such groups as Newest Literary Fiction and The Tournament of Books, however, I have begun to expand my readerly horizons and have fallen in love with aut [...]


    12. Well this was interesting I love Michelle Tea I ve seen her perform or read like 4 times I ve got signed copies of Rent Girl and Chelsea Whistle and Rose of No Man s Land as well as a huge signed photograph of her running with a popsicle hanging in my living room But despite all the rave reviews her newest title is getting, I had a lot of trouble getting into Blackwave It honestly started out just like all her memoirs and most of her fiction, obviously about her life even when its thinly veiled [...]


    13. part memoir, part writing process tell all, part sci fi, part political social commentary, part gender study, part love song to life, messy life full fucking genius.



    14. Along with Tea s usual whip smart social analysis and sly humor, Black Wave delivers a goodly dose of something I can only call Wisdom As a bonus, readers are treated to lushly complex and sometimes baroquely hallucinatory prose and plot This will definitely join the canon of Great Queer Literature and be read for decades, perhaps centuries, to come.


    15. I ve loved reading Michelle Tea since the early 2000s I ve written in review here before about how I felt that she was a kindred spirit I love how she writes, what she writes about the books, the drinking, astrology and tarot she has a new tarot book coming out soon But then I haven t felt so connected to her young adult books and had mixed feelings about her memoir So I went into this with trepidation It starts kinda regular Michelle Tea it s San Francisco in 1999 drugs, drinking, girls, relati [...]


    16. Sex, drugs, Matt Dillon, and the end of the world I m going to be thinking about this one for a while, trying to understand how Michelle Tea made me care so tenderly for such an effed up character.


    17. this was the perfect book to read in dystopian 2016 where it feels like all the good people are dying to spare them the coming environmental apocalypse and you re kinda nostalgic about your misspent queer youth but also keenly aware of how horrible it was i kept grabbing markers from my bed and floor to underline quotes that were so great i needed to remember them this book made me feel very seen in a weird way i read a lot and most books require a certain amount of adjusting to relate to them n [...]


    18. A fictional memoir in which the author makes herself a character, similar to Paul Theroux s My Other Life, but with elements that cast every event in the story in doubt view spoiler ie characters talking to one another about the fact that they re characters or the narrator outright stating midway through they novel she was going to make the world end in order to give the novel a good place to close hide spoiler As a result, there are no factual truths, only emotional ones The author dropped the [...]


    19. This book is so, so clever It s sharp, it s darkly funny, and unapologetically queer as hell It s the ultimate cleanse after spending way too much time around straights So, so good.


    20. 4.5 stars I don t think I d ever have stumbled onto this book without the Tournament of Books 2017 Thanks ToB While there were bits and pieces that didn t totally add up for me like Michelle suddenly going quantum on a couple of relationships once she got to LA 95% of it hit me just right, including the memoir ish approach, author Michelle s gentle, affectionate irony toward the trainwreck that is character Michelle and most of her friends, the meta ness of the sections in LA, and her depiction [...]


    21. By far one of the best books I ve read this year and I hesitate to say this but, perhaps Michelle Tea s finest work Really stellar book, hard, brutal, heartbreaking, infatuating, brilliant I read this book in just a couple of days on subways, bathtubs, and when I was supposed to be writing Scary and queer, I really can t recommend it enough.


    22. I was not sure I was going to like Black Wave It was a contender in the 2017 Tournament of Books I had listened to an interview with Michelle Tea on the Otherppl podcast So I took the plunge She has written and or edited 14 books This one, like several earlier ones, is a mashup of memoir and fiction with a meta fiction section in the middle I guess you could call it experimental I was surprised by it and it worked for me.The first section is set in San Francisco Michelle writes about herself in [...]


    23. This started out like every other thinly fictionalised confessional novel of someone s drugged up twenties, before morphing into a meta fictional dystopic romp The writing is smart and lyrical, the tangents Tea wanders down are usually entertaining, and the whole thing is a fascinatingly hard to classify book.


    24. I got about halfway through, and I m just not enjoying this It seems very self indulgent There isn t much here but a lot of sex and drugs and some allusions to the world going bad Just not enough here to keep me listening.


    25. One of the best things Michelle Tea has written in years, maybe her best work since Valencia Like her first three prose books Passionate Mistakes, Valencia and The Chelsea Whistle , Black Wave is a unique hybrid of memoir and fiction, and this time Tea has pushed the boundary even further to a metaphysical level, challenging our notions of authorship, narrative and reality Like all her books it is hysterically funny and brutally honest and magically weird And I can t think of a better book to re [...]


    26. Long and weird, dreamy and different from anything else I ve read There are so many things that shouldn t have worked the mix of memoir and sci fi, the way that the main character s dialogue Capitalized Every Word while everyone else spoke in italics, the 4th wall breaking and layers of meta fiction, the everyone has a soulmate cheesiness , but somehow she balanced perfectly between self importance and self deprecation in a way that was extremely charming Probably a 4 or 4.5 stars for me, but bu [...]


    27. For those of us who adore Michelle Tea, this is a new step in her effort to grapple with her past and with the question of genre Sobriety and writing are depicted as processes of consciousness, and she continues to record the former life of The Mission, now so truly far away from the period depicted in this book I am a loyal fan and will continue to follow her aesthetic and personal journeys whether memoir or fiction or both.


    28. Michelle Tea had me when she wrote about lesbians doing drugs in end of the world San Francisco, but then she added the voice of the author choosing what variation of the story to tell and then facing the end of the world in a bookstore in Los Angeles I loved this book.


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