June 25th, 2012 / 9:09 am
Web Hype

An Attempt at an Unedited Transcript of Thought Processes Preceding the Purchase of Grow Up by Ben Brooks

10:34:54 A.M.

what is that? that is eye-catching. what is this cover? i like this cover. oh. ben brooks. i know ben brooks. this is a great cover. the skull + clown makeup + clown nose + Xed out eyes + Clockwork Orangey hat. i think. “cross out the eyes.” someone had posters of tom morello and britney spears and he Xed out both their sets of eyes and it was funny, and ironic in the case of tom morello because he actually admired him. oh. dennis cooper. good vibes. this blurb is punchy. one single solid blurb. a novel. a novel. white on black. grow up. hmmmm. little penguin in the corner. is the font for “Ben Brooks” the same for “Dennis Cooper” and do they differ from the red of the clown nose. little penguin in the corner. black and white on orange. $14.00. damn. independent bookstore though. $14.00. damn. square author photo. “careens.” “teenage debauchery.” the design here, the package. “Ben Brooks is a magical imp…” that is a bad-ass cover. $14.00. “Ben Brooks is a magical imp who pumps out dark nuggets…” “get high with friends, finish his novel [this novel?], alleviate his best friend’s suicidal depression, seduce…” “…dark nuggets of poetry…” wait a second. i think i actually met ben brooks. pretty sure i met him at the pop serial party at AWP chicago and said “aren’t we facebook friends” and he was like “i wouldn’t know, i have over 1000!” what the fuck. gloucestershire? fuck this shit. maybe that was someone else. actually, pretty sure that was someone else. oh, a quote from Los Campesinos! is that like Against Me! or something? pretty sure i saw them at Warped Tour as a child. hmmmmm, checking phone:

Los Campesinos! are a seven piece indie pop band from Cardiff, Wales, formed in early 2006 at Cardiff University.

so this book came out here this year? 2012. seems like it came out in april. “Red Sex and Small Deaths” I like these sounds. la petite mort?

It is 2:46 a.m. and I am not asleep.

want to continue reading. specific, digital rendering. i think i like this. 2:46 is better than both 2:45 and 2:47. declarative.

It is 2:46 a.m. and I am not asleep. Insomnia can result from an overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, violent muscle twitching, eating a heavy meal or excessive caffeine consumption. It can also result from stress. I am stressed because I am thinking of Keith and how he murdered his ex-wife.

did this just successfully reference a website? i think so. “I go to www.girlsoncam.com…” is that a real site? check phone. redirects and doesn’t look that real, in fact, ew. “moth-eaten chaise longue” is nice. these chats are….

You: hey
Sexythai: hi babe, feelin horny

how much is this again? $14.00

You: how many baht to the pound?

$14.00. this is damn readable, though. no, this is good. how much is this on amazon? like $10. amazon? independent bookstore. amazon? independent bookstore. amazon? little penguin in the corner.

“A tremendous writer.” -Dennis Cooper

good vibes. what’s the website one? the Sluts? yeah. that simile there? yes. then: “massaging the soil.” was there then iambic shit? yes. i think i have to have this now.

I wonder if Ben (Ben) Brooks knows about Ben (Bernard) Brooks. vice versa? he had a novel out a while ago, googling:

Ben Brooks is the author of the novel, The Icebox, and has published over 75 short stories in literary journals, including Sewanee Review, Chicago Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, The Notre Dame Review, Epoch, The Chicago Tribune, The Mississippi Review, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation, Denver Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Seattle Review, Writers’ Forum, Crab Orchard Review, The Florida Review, among others.

some of these lines here. yes:

Salmon. Amber. Sepia. They fall and fade into each other. Salmoanmbesrepia.

I probably need to read this now. that would’ve been so easy just to wordsmush. the simple thing would’ve been wordsmush, but no. salmoan, moan.

Salmon. Amber. Sepia. They fall and fade into each other. Salmoanmbesrepia.

not “Salmonambersepia” but “Salmoanmbesrepia.” nice.

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  1. Stephen Tully Dierks

      Hi Brooks. the guy you met at my party was this Ben Brooks, who wrote Grow Up. Crispin Best and him were visiting

  2. Brooks Sterritt

      Hey Stephen. I knew I met Ben Brooks but wasn’t sure if he made the facebook friend comment. I sort of think it was someone else, but thanks for throwing that party at any rate!

  3. marshall mallicoat

      uk version has the noel fielding blurb and us has the dennis cooper?

      (also dennis cooper must loves twinks.)

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