James Franco’s Alt Lit Book Club: ORANGE JUICE
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WHAT THE FRICK IS UP. It’s the Wendy’s Franconator here, James Franco. Back for another alt lit reading club mashdown.
This week I read ORANGE JUICE by Timothy Willis Sanders. First things first: There’s a kitty on the front!
STRIKE ONE TWS- i fricking hate cats. did you know that I’m allergic to cats? i’m allergic to simply thinking about pet dander, so when I looked at that little tabby slut on the cover of yr novel I immediately began to puff up. Thankfully I had my personal physician, Dr. Draco Franco (no relation) on staff to administer some celebrity-strength antihistamines into my sweet-ass butt cheeks.
ORANGE JUICE is a 50 page book of stories. Orange Juice is a classic American beverage. 80% of North America’s Orange Juice comes from Florida. Oranges are not indigenous to Florida. All Orange Juice is pasteurized, heated to ensure there r no any bad things in there. Research y’all.
ORANGE JUICE the book is a different story. it isn’t a corporate industry hailing from Florida. it is a calm, wide-eyed stare into the uncatalogued minutia of the 2000s. It also represents a kind of confusion with the world, things have come into play faster than ever in the last decade: technologies appear and become nostalgic so quickly, humans are evolving communication at unnatural speeds, flat electric rectangles have established a dominate feed into our brains. Timothy Willis Sanders is exploring this strange new existence in his book- through references of wwe smackdown, ‘maybe attending’ buttons on facebook and and endless barrage of the products that must be communally waded through by us all.
Obvs this kind of book wouldn’t work without a sense of humor and TWS def has that. This book is funny. In one story a character named R Kelly goes on a date with a character named Aaliyah to see the movie Titanic. A hefty dose of 90s touchstones brings importance here. In his story Driver’s License, TWS cuts a long, humorous romance that ends in a serving of tragedy. you dont even have time to stop laughing before the bad shit happens. this creates a feeling found rarely reading experiences. How often irl does one have to move suddenly from laughter to sadness. Too often, me-effin thinks.
FUCK TWS, why’d u go and write a story about CATS crawling all over some dude?? Now I’m sick again. But… lucky for you I am CRUNKED THE EFF UP on both LIEF and my own personal drank, DRANCO. Did U know I am an expert mixologist? Right now I’m drinking some Bombay with some lime, mint sprigs, polaricecap tonic and some grated north korean ginger. FUCK YES.
Anyways, ORANGE JUICE is a solid fucking book man, and Timothy Willis Sanders is legit. I had fun reading this, I had fun for 50 damn pgs. I give ORANGE JUICE 4/4 FRANCOS.
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