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The latest pic if my super sexy knee sca...

Photo: The latest pic if my super sexy knee scar. I wish it loomed more like the work of Dr. Frankenstein.

I've got some words up over at Denver Off The Wagon today. About having a bum knee while enjoying this town's prolific drinking culture. It's a gas.

I've got some words up over at Denver Off The Wagon today. About having a bum knee while enjoying this town's prolific drinking culture. It's a gas.

Photo: I've got some words up over at Denver Off The Wagon today. About having a bum knee while enjoying...

Book Club for Broken Knees - The Financial Lives of The Poets by Jess Walter. I liked Beautiful Ruins so much I decided to hack away at Walter's bibliography. About halfway through this one - a complete 180 from Ruins in terms of structure, tone, characters, themes. Either this is a lesser work, or he is really showing off his versatility as a writer.

Book Club for Broken Knees - The Financial Lives of The Poets by Jess Walter. I liked Beautiful Ruins so much I decided to hack away at Walter's bibliography. About halfway through this one - a complete 180 from Ruins in terms of structure, tone, characters, themes. Either this is a lesser work, or he is really showing off his versatility as a writer.

Book Club for Broken Knees - The Financial Lives of The Poets

Book Club for Broken Knees - Telegraph Avenue

Book Club for Broken Knees - Telegraph Avenue

Book Club for Broken Knees - Telegraph Avenue

Set between a quiet, pastoral seaside town in Italy, the hustle of Los Angeles, and the pre-grunge era of Seattle, Beautiful Ruins stages around the cinematic bomb of the 1967 production of Cleopatra. While the film is famous for costing an arm and a leg and resulting in marital drama between Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Beautiful Ruins creeps out into the lives affected by their relationship, sometimes impacting individuals 50 years down the line. Clair is a production assistant who finds herself chained to aging, floundering, yet legendary Hollywood producer Michael Deane, who in turn is chained to a studio that promises to gouge every credit and dollar for any project he works on. Pat is an aging rock and roller, recovering from decades of addiction and trying to make some career out of his notoriety later in life. Dee Moray, victim of the fallout of the Taylor/Burton affair finds herself in a sleepy sea-side hotel awaiting the fate of her future where she meets Pasquale - the inn's owner - and Alvis - the inn's resident novelist/dreamer. Beautiful Ruins follows the weave of these souls from the day Dee Moray finds herself a resident of the Hotel of Adequate Views in 1962 to when she is finally reunited with her entire history nearly 50 years later. The whole while we see the all-too-familiar anguish of what happens when someone tries to pursue their dream of being an artist, and how money and politics always seem to get in the way. I loved this book, definitely one of the best I've read in years. While it is the first Jess Walter book I've encountered, it certainly won't be the last as the literary lyricism and total, raw engagement with the characters leaves you up all night wondering what happens next.

Set between a quiet, pastoral seaside town in Italy, the hustle of Los Angeles, and the pre-grunge era of Seattle, Beautiful Ruins stages around the cinematic bomb of the 1967 production of Cleopatra. While the film is famous for costing an arm and a leg and resulting in marital drama between Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Beautiful Ruins creeps out into the lives affected by their relationship, sometimes impacting individuals 50 years down the line. Clair is a production assistant who finds herself chained to aging, floundering, yet legendary Hollywood producer Michael Deane, who in turn is chained to a studio that promises to gouge every credit and dollar for any project he works on. Pat is an aging rock and roller, recovering from decades of addiction and trying to make some career out of his notoriety later in life. Dee Moray, victim of the fallout of the Taylor/Burton affair finds herself in a sleepy sea-side hotel awaiting the fate of her future where she meets Pasquale - the inn's owner - and Alvis - the inn's resident novelist/dreamer. Beautiful Ruins follows the weave of these souls from the day Dee Moray finds herself a resident of the Hotel of Adequate Views in 1962 to when she is finally reunited with her entire history nearly 50 years later. The whole while we see the all-too-familiar anguish of what happens when someone tries to pursue their dream of being an artist, and how money and politics always seem to get in the way. I loved this book, definitely one of the best I've read in years. While it is the first Jess Walter book I've encountered, it certainly won't be the last as the literary lyricism and total, raw engagement with the characters leaves you up all night wondering what happens next.

Book Club for Broken Knees: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Book Club for Broken Knees - been devouring fiction lately, not sure which one I'm going for next. Jonathan Dee's The Privileges or Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins? Answer me!

Book Club for Broken Knees - been devouring fiction lately, not sure which one I'm going for next. Jonathan Dee's The Privileges or Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins? Answer me!

Book Club for Broken Knees - the next three hundred pages.

I've sat through some long dinners before. They... | Bend and Brew

I've sat through some long dinners before. They... | Bend and Brew

Book Club for Broken Knees - The Dinner by Herman Koch

Book Club for Broken Knees - When you're holed up with a Kindle, I guess you wind up reading a ton of new releases because that's what the digi-bookstore recommends to you. Right now it's The Dinner...

Book Club for Broken Knees - When you're holed up with a Kindle, I guess you wind up reading a ton of new releases because that's what the digi-bookstore recommends to you. Right now it's The Dinner...

Book Club for Broken Knees - The Dinner by Herman Koch

Book Club for Broken Knees - Currently re-reading Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. I've been addicted to the idea of the poly-phonic story lately. It's a helluva book - this read is all about the...

Book Club for Broken Knees - Currently re-reading Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. I've been addicted to the idea of the poly-phonic story lately. It's a helluva book - this read is all about the...

Photo: Book Club for Broken Knees - Currently re-reading Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey.  I've been...

It's been a while since I've gone out of my way to read everything an author has written. I'm legitimately excited to get started on this one. Fight Song by Joshua Mohr What are you reading? What...

It's been a while since I've gone out of my way to read everything an author has written. I'm legitimately excited to get started on this one. Fight Song by Joshua Mohr What are you reading? What...

Book club for broken knees: Fight Song by Joshua Mohr

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