Guide by Dennis Cooper

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Chris is a young porn star who wants to experience death at someone else's hand; Mason has lurid fantasies about members of British pop bands; Sniffles is a teenage runaway whose need for love outweighs his attachment to life. Courtesy of a frankly manipulative author/narrator named Dennis, these characters and more move through a subterranean Los Angeles where hallucination and reality, sex and suicide, love and indifference run together in terrifying ways. Guide, the fourth novel in a projected five-book cycle, continues to explore the boundaries of experience in the manner that has earned Dennis Cooper comparisons to Poe, Genet, and Baudelaire.
 

About Dennis Cooper

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Dennis Cooper is the author of the George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels: Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and Period. His other works include My Loose Thread; The Sluts, winner of France's Prix Sade and the Lambda Literary Award; God, Jr.; Wrong; The Dream Police; and Ugly Man. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Paris.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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At their best, Cooper's works (Try; Closer) explore sex as a simultaneous embrace of and flight from death. Populated by drugged-out adolescent boys living in anomic L.A., Cooper's books balance their

Apr 28 1997 | Read Full Review of Guide

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In this irreverent guide to intimacy, astrologer Dixon-Cooper offers a sign-by-sign breakdown of sexual mores, habits and fantasies—as determined by the astrological placement of the sun, moon, Mars and Venus at birth.

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Populated by drugged-out adolescent boys living in anomic L.A., Cooper's books balance their lurid subject matter with affectless, economic prose.

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Deseret News

Each of the locations discussed in the book is its own chapter, which allows the authors to elaborate on the history of each site and its ties to a possible Book of Mormon past.

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Guide

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