Monday, April 02, 2007

Rose of No Man's Land

Michelle Tea

I hated Rent Girl a lot, though I did admire Michelle Tea for going there, for the most part. And she does it again, just going there and going for it – the most fucked-up, beautiful, outrageous and awful thing that can happen, that is what happens. This is a gonzo kind of fictional memoir of a teenage kid's messed up home life and fucked-up first love, told in an amazing poetry-tough voice that is always spot-on. It is prickly and sad and there's a scene in a tattoo shop that just totally kills me, but the ending is perfect. I almost forgive Tea for Rent Girl.


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