Monday, May 12, 2008

Currently reading: Requiem for a Dream

I'd seen the movie before. What's not to like? Sex, Drugs, and Jared Leto. But even though the movie was an artistic masterpiece, that's all it was to me- a work of art. The book on the other hand... jesus. Hubert Selby completely sucks you into their world. When they are laughing at life, I found myself outwardly smiling. Even though you never honestly believe things will end happily (because we all know how it ends... if you don't then spoiler alert: Jesus dies on the cross. I know, who would have seen that coming?) you still get caught up in their excitement. You can feel their denial of harsh reality as vividly as if it were your own. And believe me, when they are on drugs, you are on drugs. The whole story becomes so disturbingly real... it's surreal. And then there is the last chapter, which is more than mildly traumatic. I don't know if I've ever read a more emotionally moving piece of literature. I couldn't move. Just ask my roommate, I was physically unable to smile for a good half hour.

I wonder if people like depressing stories because we are so utterly convinced that we can't possibly end up like that. Well I'll be the first to admit I have addictions I'm not proud of, but I know that I will never let it get that much out of hand. And that's the whole point, isn't it?
So. fucking. good.

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