American Paranoid Restaurant

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A meditation on identity, consumption, and pareidolia. Ninety-five percent true by semi-exact count, contains the word “boudoir” twice, “polaroid” and “french fries” six times apiece, and “ejecta” only once. There are three scenes featuring jazz quintets, two featuring market-research brainstorming, and one each featuring thrift stores, dumpster diving, and internet pornography.
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Review by: blobmonster on Jan. 1, 2014 :
Can someone please fix the formatting for this book?! The kindle version is terrible. Mostly no paragraph indents and large bold font, interspersed with accidental paragraphs of regular font and sections running together where there should apparently be breaks. I flick-read a couple of pages and thought my eyes would start bleeding. I was just about ready to throw this into the digital trash can but the well-written story underneath finally caught my attention and I pushed on.

What you get is a short, dense, dark and surreal novel (think David Lynch in book form). The titular Paranoid Restaurant is the rough epicentre of the action. Strange characters such as preachers and documentary makers eat and meet here. There's also some kind of strip club or maybe a brothel that seems to travel through time and a bunch of hipsters taking polaroids. It's confusing and excellent.

There's a couple of strange vignettes about paintings featuring venus which I didn't think really belonged, and at one point it seems like the author confuses the Tasmanian devil with the Tasmanian tiger. This remains however an amazing novel. five stars!
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