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Monkey Girl : Swingin' Tales - Beth Lisick

Monkey Girl

Swingin' Tales

Paperback Published: 1st April 1997
ISBN: 9780916397494
Number Of Pages: 128

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In a new collection of stories, celebrated spoken-word artist Beth Lisick evokes the rollicking world of post-boom America

An impoverished but proud office drone ("I am the reigning queen of the Toshiba BD copy machine") gets a makeover. A teenager is drugged by her fraudulent, sadistic orthodontist. On a five-hour flight to Cabo San Lucas, the author psychically bonds with a flight attendant. In this collection of 25 hilarious, anecdotal short stories, spoken-word performer Beth Lisick creates a panoramic tapestry of strip malls, junk-food habits, and yuppie pickup joints, unveiling a world that most of us simply drive past.

Blending the everyday and its sometimes grotesque underside, hallucinatory detail, and stripped-down dialogue, Lisick's descriptions are almost hypnotic with their complex rhythms and cadences. These stories -- all of which Beth Lisick uses in performance -- imbue the ordinary with unique and unexpected hilarity. Striking, witty, and vividly contemporary, these stories evoke what it's like to live now, in the suburban wasteland of the '90s.

Monkey Girlp. 9
Flat Rate Rentalp. 12
The Bus Ride of Diminishing Returnsp. 14
Pantoumstone For A Dying Breedp. 17
Man Comes Up To Me In A Bar No. 6p. 19
Genkip. 21
Man Comes Up To Me In A Bar No. 3p. 23
Messed-Up Triptychp. 25
Man Comes Up to Me In A Bar No. 4p. 27
Valentine's Day, San Jose Stylep. 28
The Answer Is Plasticp. 33
Pearp. 38
People Pleaserp. 41
Christmas In TeeVee Landp. 44
Weekend Warriorp. 46
The Happiest Placep. 49
Reaching For Porkp. 55
Things You Put In A Jarp. 57
Blankathonp. 59
Empress of Sighsp. 61
Long Weekendp. 64
Crappy Brown Carpetingp. 66
So Little Sleep So Farp. 69
Babe and the Bathwaterp. 74
Elegy For A Greedy, Slothful Orthodontistp. 79
Stuff To Do In Saratoga When You're Boredp. 82
Devil's Vacationp. 85
Fixp. 88
Hairdop. 91
Santa Cruzp. 93
Skinnyp. 96
Sneaky Tikip. 98
Nice Pantsp. 101
Unsafep. 104
U.P.D.I.p. 106
Worldwide Animalp. 109
Worry Dollp. 112
Nice Is Easyp. 114
The Call of The Mallp. 116
Big Shopp. 120
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ISBN: 9780916397494
ISBN-10: 0916397491
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st April 1997
Publisher: Manic D Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.2