Junior by Macaulay Culkin

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Junior would like to get a few things off his chest.

He does not know how to write a book. (Except [maybe] for this one.) He does not like books with introductions. (So this book has six of them.) His therapist says he has issues with closure. (Granted, this book has seven endings.) This is not a novel. (Everything in it is entirely true -- except for the large portions that are completely fictional.) And finally, Junior has no issues with his father. (Nope, really, not a single one.)

In a dizzying kaleidoscope of words and images, actor and writer Macauley Culkin takes readers on a twisted tour to the darkest corners of his fertile imagination. Part memoir, part rant, part comedic tour de force, Junior is full of the hard-won wisdom of Culkin's quest to come to terms with the awesome pressures of childhood mega-stardom and family dysfunction. He understands that "having fun and being happy are two totally different things," yet at the same time he warns, "the end of the world is coming -- and I'm going to have unfinished business." Searingly honest and brain-teasingly inventive, Junior is breathtaking proof that Culkin has found his own utterly original voice.

 

About Macaulay Culkin

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Twenty-four-year-old Macaulay Culkin is one of the best known child actors of all time. He has appeared in twenty films, the latest--Saved--premiered at Sundance this year. He lives in New York City.
 
Published March 15, 2006 by Miramax. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here and there, Culkin manages to string together a few pages of what seem to be passable short stories—the tale of a bathroom tryst at a party, a father and son’s chat after a fight—and at these points the book briefly ascends to the level of mediocrity.

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Amid quizzes, comics, poetry, journal entries, lists (one to-do: "Pump my own gas") and bits of narrative, child star Culkin, through the persona of Junior, tackles the emotional fallout from his years struggling under the parenting—and, inseparably, the career management—of an abusive father.

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Entertainment Weekly

Junior is labeled a novel, but everything about it suggests that this is as close to a memoir as we're likely to get from Culkin — if by memoir you mean a piecemeal collection of letters, crudely drawn illustrations, short stories, poems, arbitrary lists (including ''People who are dead''), a...

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New York Magazine

“I think she just misheard me.” It’s the sort of moment—as crushing as it is common—that provides a window into why a child star might, say, grow up to write a schizophrenic pseudo-novel.

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New York Magazine

I’m a fairly sheltered person, but I could have just put up a fortress around myself, bought a big chunk of land somewhere, and said, ‘Fuck all y’all!’ But I made a decision when I was 14 that I was going to live life, where I think he made the opposite decision.

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New York Magazine

“Yes, it’s me,” says Culkin, “but no, it isn’t, you know?” (1.) November 16, 1990: Home Alone released.

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Campus Circle

Everyone knows Macaulay Culkin, the actor – the cute, little toe-headed kid that slapped some aftershave on his young face and thus created the trademark scream in Home Alone – but not many people are familiar with Macaulay Culkin, the writer.

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