Pink Kindle µ Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Pink
  • Gus Van Sant
  • English
  • 28 March 2019
  • 0385493533

10 thoughts on “Pink

  1. says:

    Nostalgic and shamelessly sentimental in its own unirritating way, Pink takes feeling over fact, vibe over memory A tricky approach, which is almost guaranteed to set a novel apart from any chances of mass market success, actually works wonders for this one Be it because of Van Sant already being an accomplished artist by the time of publishing, or him not caring about the reception of it to begin with, this book is perfect in its childish indifference to reader s convinience, and that is ex Nostalgic and shamelessly sentimental in its own unirritating way, Pink takes feeling over fact, vibe over memory A tricky approach, which is almost guaranteed to set a novel apart from any chances of mass market success, actually works wonders for this one Be it because of Van Sant already being an accomplished artist by the time of publishing, or him not caring about the reception of it to begin with, this book is perfect in its childish indifference to reader s convinience, and that is exactly what makes it work.It has a bunch of familiar faces Damon Affleck powerduo before the big break, Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix , but they are left with different names and put in some ridiculous situations, which liberates the novel from being a memoir and having to follow rules Free of the pressing fame that names drag behind them, all characters are stripped to their essence, to what made this particular filmmaker want to write a book about how they were, put his appreciation in words rather than images, because that is how we remember our friends not by name, but by heart.Neither ficional nor documental, this novel serves no purpose other than to commemorate some deeply personal yet strangely transcendent feelings one talanted man had for a few others he met on his way It may seem like an empty effort, but that s the thing with celebrities those memories about them don t only belong to people who were there, but also to anyone who wanted or still wants to be Ironically, it s not about who they were, it s all about how they made us feel, and that is exactly the focus of this book how it felt for one person Van Sant, in this case to be around those people at that time.In fact, if River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain not that the book concentrates too much on them, but still are not your own personal Dead Celebrities maybe put it down and don t come back to this book for a while, do your reading, watching, listening introduce yourself to them Or maybe don t come back at all It s not a mandatory gathering or en enlightment excersize, it s a relatively private party for those who want to be there and are ready to open themselves to someone else s emotional experience, that is hardly meant to teach anyone anything or tell a cohesive story Pink invites you to come along, but if you re not interested in those already walking the way and they are not going anywhere, dead or not , maybe choose yourself another journey They won t mind


  2. says:

    What can I say There are times, when even in his films, I continue this love hate relationship with Gus Mostly it s love, but recently I wrote a review on the film Paranoid Park which wasn t favorable.This is a first, and possibly last, novel by Van Zant and understandably It felt as if I was reading a complete list of mindless thoughts and babbling about life from his past, the many boys he longs to bang, and finally a peak into life as a burgeoning film maker I was completely bored and on What can I say There are times, when even in his films, I continue this love hate relationship with Gus Mostly it s love, but recently I wrote a review on the film Paranoid Park which wasn t favorable.This is a first, and possibly last, novel by Van Zant and understandably It felt as if I was reading a complete list of mindless thoughts and babbling about life from his past, the many boys he longs to bang, and finally a peak into life as a burgeoning film maker I was completely bored and only found the few illustrations speckled throughout the book interesting As a filmmaker, I repeat, it s mostly love


  3. says:

    Weird and bizarre are words that don t quite cover this book It was hard to read at times because of its use of footnotes would be distracting After a while I did get used to it There are definitely characters that are based on River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain and Ben Affleck Matt Damon There is a lack of cohesion, as the story jumps around a lot However, I did get used to it and enjoyed the oddness This book is not for just any kind of reader It takes the reader through a variety of emotions s Weird and bizarre are words that don t quite cover this book It was hard to read at times because of its use of footnotes would be distracting After a while I did get used to it There are definitely characters that are based on River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain and Ben Affleck Matt Damon There is a lack of cohesion, as the story jumps around a lot However, I did get used to it and enjoyed the oddness This book is not for just any kind of reader It takes the reader through a variety of emotions such as fear, loss, and grief Reading this was a bizarre ride that at the end of it you just think, WTF


  4. says:

    I recall enjoying this book and identifying perhaps a little too much with the protagonist s addiction to heavy equipment.


  5. says:

    Very crazy but it is Gus Van Sant and a character inspired in River soI enjoyed.


  6. says:

    2.5 I found this book to be quite nostalgic and gave me Tom Robbins collage style writing vibes, and I understand what he was trying to achieve concerning dueling realities, and I even found his use of doubling effects and satire on celeb culture and movie making interesting However, there was this feeling I got reading it that made me feel like this was a bit self indulgent and could have really benefitted from some editing that amplified the satirical aspects, and put the characters to greate 2.5 I found this book to be quite nostalgic and gave me Tom Robbins collage style writing vibes, and I understand what he was trying to achieve concerning dueling realities, and I even found his use of doubling effects and satire on celeb culture and movie making interesting However, there was this feeling I got reading it that made me feel like this was a bit self indulgent and could have really benefitted from some editing that amplified the satirical aspects, and put the characters to greater use There was a whole lot of characters that get introduced and it s hard to feel anything about them the only emotions they generate are because as readers we know who they are supposed to represent in real life, and with better characterization and development that went beyond just the physical descriptions we would be better off There were some of those moments like the story of Blake s dad playing guitar, but I simply wish there wereof those strangely beautiful and visual parts I like the Roald Dahl type of illustrations though those were clever


  7. says:

    Mind numbing.A dentist visit may beenjoyable


  8. says:

    Well that s bizarre Filmmakers, this book is for you.


  9. says:

    I read this book very quickly which is a testament to the easy going writing style despite the plot not being easily defined The novel itself is a trifle bizzare a cross between Tom Robbins, Douglas Coupland and the movies of Gus Van Sant but it maintains a momentum that pulls you through despite the ending feeling a little slapdash and the concept of Pink an alternate dimension being shoehorned in at the end and only partially developed.The main character is a infofilm director named I read this book very quickly which is a testament to the easy going writing style despite the plot not being easily defined The novel itself is a trifle bizzare a cross between Tom Robbins, Douglas Coupland and the movies of Gus Van Sant but it maintains a momentum that pulls you through despite the ending feeling a little slapdash and the concept of Pink an alternate dimension being shoehorned in at the end and only partially developed.The main character is a infofilm director named Spunky who is grieving the loss of his good friend, Felix, who died way too young Spunky also courts the attentions of Matt and Jack, aspiring film makers who often seem to be taking him for a ride, mentioning work they are doing without any evidence of it Spunky is a character where reality is slipping away from him He has had some success, but not enough Life is passing him by and the story of Pink is him trying to get back into the stream of it There are also numerous observations on the nature of reality and filmmaking which were interesting to read.Overall I found Pink an enjoyable ride


  10. says:

    Pink was cute and subversive and different but all the things that made it good were also huge distractions Parts of it were non sense and parts were beautiful and often they were the same parts The self reverential theme was needed, perhaps, in a story about time travel, and it gave it a depth it would have other wised lacked, but it also seemed to be a too easy method of explaining away some of the novel speculiar idiosyncrasies for example the characters all having multiple nam Pink was cute and subversive and different but all the things that made it good were also huge distractions Parts of it were non sense and parts were beautiful and often they were the same parts The self reverential theme was needed, perhaps, in a story about time travel, and it gave it a depth it would have other wised lacked, but it also seemed to be a too easy method of explaining away some of the novel speculiar idiosyncrasies for example the characters all having multiple names interesting different and incredibly hard to follow.I don t think I d recommend it, but I definitely want to know what you think


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Pink Gus Van Sant goes from auteur to author in an brilliant, inventive, and endlessly entertaining first novel that reads like a Warholian mix of Kurt Vonnegut and Tom RobbinsIn the town of Sasquatch, Oregon, Spunky Davis, middle aged maker of infomercials, is trying to find his next assignment, finish the screenplay that he hopes will bring him Hollywood glory, and deal with the death of his friend and favorite infomercial presenter, teen idol Felix Arroyo Enter two young aspiring filmmakers, Jack and Matt, whom Spunky finds strangely familiar especially as Jack bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Felix But Jack and Matt are not what they appear to be they are messengers from a dimension beyond time known as Pink, and they invite Spunky to join them on their voyage of transcendence and recoveryUsing a delirious array of voices signified by different typefaces, a flip cartoon that animates the novel s action, footnotes and line drawings, Gus Van Sant turns the novel into an explosively visual experience, a captivating combination of texture and text As original and involving as any of Van Sant s films, Pink is both a hip, comic deconstruction of our image obsessed culture and a genuinely tender story on the classic themes of love, time, and loss


About the Author: Gus Van Sant

Gus Green Van Sant, Jr is an American film director, photographer, musician, and author He was nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for his 1997 film Good Will Hunting He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest Openly gay, he has dealt unflinchingly with homosexual and other marginalized subcultures without being particularly concerned about providing positive role models.His filmography as writer and director includes an adaptation of Tom Robbins novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, which features a diverse cast Keanu Reeves, Roseanne Barr, Uma Thurman, and k.d lang, with cameos by William S Burroughs and Heather Graham, among others and My Own Private Idaho, also starring Reeves as well as the late River Phoenix Van Sant also planned to direct a biographical film about Andy Warhol with Phoenix in the lead role, but canceled the project after Phoenix s death He is perhaps best known for directing Good Will Hunting.He wrote the screenplays for most of his early movies, and wrote one novel, Pink A book of his photography has also been published, called 108 Portraits.