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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Stuart O\'Nan
The Speed Queen
Penguin

Rating: 9.2/10 ?


January 22, 1998
The most thoroughly entertaining work of fiction I have read in a long time, The Speed Queen easily makes my all time top 10 list for books to take to the beach, on the train, or anywhere else for that matter. Just reading the first line on the back cover was enough to crack a smile: "The Speed Queen: white-trash housewife and mother turned serial killer."

Stephen King, Marjorie's favorite author, has bought the rights to her story. As she answers a list of questions into a tape recorder, the hypnotic trail of terror which landed her on death row unfolds into a cutting accusation of modern American culture. Although told through the vocabulary of a dim-witted, drug-addled American housewife, there is an unflagging intelligence to O'nan's delivery of Marjorie's story. A true modern classic for the angsty materialists that smacks of all the wit and whimsey of a Chuck Palahniuk chuckler, The Speed Queen rolls right through the pre-packaged culture that Americans invented and now thrives upon; everything from fast cars to fast food, from cheap drugs to young parents. There's even a bit of the lesbian romance that has become so trendy in the age of Jerry Springer.

O'nan has created a wonderful page turner that has everything a great book should; it is easily read but implies so much more than the type spells out. Every character, while always pushing the extremes, could pass for any one of the thousands of people flipping burgers or changing oil between New York and Los Angeles. Marjorie and Lamont are eerily similar to the neighbors down the street.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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