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Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music

Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music By MichaelRobbins Equipment for Living On Poetry and Pop Music Brilliant illuminating criticism from a superstar poet a refreshing insightful look at how works of art specifically poetry and popular music can serve as essential tools for living How can art he

  • Title: Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music
  • Author: MichaelRobbins
  • ISBN: 9781476747095
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music By MichaelRobbins Brilliant, illuminating criticism from a superstar poet a refreshing, insightful look at how works of art, specifically poetry and popular music, can serve as essential tools for living.How can art help us make sense or nonsense of the world If wrong life cannot be lived rightly, as Theodor Adorno had it, what weapons and strategies for living wrongly can art provide WitBrilliant, illuminating criticism from a superstar poet a refreshing, insightful look at how works of art, specifically poetry and popular music, can serve as essential tools for living.How can art help us make sense or nonsense of the world If wrong life cannot be lived rightly, as Theodor Adorno had it, what weapons and strategies for living wrongly can art provide With the same intelligence that animates his poetry, Michael Robbins addresses this weighty question while contemplating the idea of how strange it is that we need art at all.Ranging from Prince to Def Leppard, Lucille Clifton to Frederick Seidel, Robbins s mastery of poetry and popular music shines in Equipment for Living He has a singular ability to illustrate points with seemingly disparate examples Friedrich Kittler and Taylor Swift, to W.B Yeats and Anna Kendrick s Cups Robbins weaves a discussion on poet Juliana Spahr with the different subsets of Scandinavian black metal, illuminating subjects in ways that few scholars can achieve Equipment for Living is also a wonderful guide to essential poetry and popular music.
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    1. Joseph on said:

      Equipment for Living On Poetry and Pop Music by Michael Robbins is a look and comparison of pop music and poetry Robbins is the author of Alien vs Predator Penguin, 2012 and The Second Sex Penguin, 2014 His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Harper s, Boston Review, and elsewhere his critical work in Harper s, London Review of Books, The New York Observer, the Chicago Tribune, Spin, and several other publications He earned his Ph.D in English from the University of Chicago and teache [...]

    2. John Cooper on said:

      I agree with a lot of what Michael Robbins says, I disagree with a lot else, but most of all I deeply disagree with the way he says it Louis Menand wrote a review of this book in The New Yorker that contains what I thought was a spot on parody of a certain strain of pop criticism It yields sentences like I assume that what Burke the literary theorist Kenneth Burke says about poetry applies, mutatis mutandis, to the songs of Def Leppard Ha Little did I suspect that this gaseous pronouncement is t [...]

    3. Lia on said:

      I fully admit my disappointment in this book is my own fault I think when I checked it out, I was expecting hoping for an exploration of form and function, and while there is a bit of that, I find it gets frequently derailed by analysis and criticism of specific artists and works My minimal knowledge of both poetry and pop music means, rather than be invited to think on the subjects, I pretty much have to take the author s word for it.

    4. Anthony Crupi on said:

      Michael Robbins and Christopher Ricks cover a lot of the same ground, although the poet isn t nearly as fixated on age and the only end of age No matter Robbins analysis is brilliant, and what s , he s convulsively hilarious when he s taking a poetaster Neil Young down a peg There s a joke about owl noises that made me aspirate coffee all over a grim little patch of the R train Once you tear through this book, pester your local bookseller for Robbins poetry collections Alien vs Predator, The Sec [...]

    5. Chris Roberts on said:

      Making believe I am a human being is not a priority.This is a lynching review, save whales, not Michael Robbins The brief wondrous life of my attention span was not engaged by M R rather it was made hazy by a bombardment of counter intuitive, nonsensical descriptors, wave after wave of gibberish speak, a cut and run narrative that lends itself well to the destruction of comprehension and, best left to the last, an author hell bent, due to idealization, on name dropping the literate pop ones in h [...]

    6. Reed on said:

      I was initially thrilled to come across this book while visiting Powell s bookstore in Portland I enjoy both poetry and music, and had never read anything that addressed the intersection of the two.However, the book spends only a minority of it s time in this sweet spot and not infrequently rambles It is strongest where it discusses this intersection are song lyrics poetry , tries to find similarities b t disparate seemingly disparate genres punk and metal as siblings sub genres of metal , or ap [...]

    7. Daniel Casey on said:

      I had hoped this was going to be a selection of criticism serving to build and deepen the aesthetics of the current poetic moment Instead, it reads as a pasting together of one off columns offering up little than Sunday morning newspaper insight into pop music that has been well if not overly addressed and statements on poetry at best so broad as to be useless for anyone who pays attention to literature.

    8. Peter Gelfan on said:

      His jaded mania for music, poetry, and snobby anti snobbery is itchy and infectious He throws so much at you so fast I didn t know whether he was putting us on or showing us up sure, it s both, but which is when Once I learned not to try too hard to parse his lyrics but just get caught up in his beat, the book started to grow on me, and so did he He is viciously, enviably clever, especially about those who once gulled him into admiring them if fetal alcohol syndrome could write poetry, it would [...]

    9. Douglas Cunningham on said:

      im so happy this book quoted Saphr talking about art on page 165 166 During these weeks, these months, Non Revolution was a particularly cloudy and confused meme Like wind and rain and rivers running backwards I had no control When I wondered it, wondered how it could be like this for me at this moment, I blamed it on the art For all the art I have ever loved has been for whatever it is that Non Revolution was suggesting it could possibly be For the river running backwards For the wind and the r [...]

    10. Richard on said:

      I m thinking there are two ways to read this book One, to do so quickly but with a discerning eye for what really interests you within this maze Or, take your time and pore over each reference, quote, footnote, poem, song title, and omniscient authorship generalizations and opinions I chose the former, life s too short Yet, I ll go back to it again, truth be told In under 200 pages poetry and art and song and philosophy and Life and form and taste and poets and artists and major figures and mino [...]

    11. Jonathan Hiskes on said:

      Smart, clever, passionate short essays about poetry and pop music that s nourished Robbins, a gifted unconventional poet in his own right Robbins is equally brilliant on the poets and musicians he hates, or that disappoint him with spotty performance Being frustrated with shoddy work is part of loving art forms dearly You want all the stuff to be good stuff, and the mediocre stuff drives you batty This book helped me see that.

    12. Jay Gabler on said:

      As a music fan than a poetry fan, I enjoyed Robbins s discussions of the intersections between the two forms The chapters exclusively about one form or the other were of less interest I reviewed Equipment for Living for The Current.

    13. Bob Paley on said:

      Robbins is a mind that TS Eliot might have recognized as rich in generations of experience He can wear you out with the references and allusions, and goes on too long about the shock poet my description, not his Frederick Seidel, but he sure made me re evaluate Neil Young as a lyricist.

    14. Sheldon Compton on said:

      Going to continue reading anything Michael Robbins writes Brilliant.

    15. John on said:

      I had a tug of war wanting to like this book and appreciate the author s insights about poetry but was pulled in the other direction being annoyed by author packing so many references into a single sentence it made your head hurt some sentences seemed like lists of artists and art On a per word basis he must quote artists and works of art than any book currently on the market In other parts of the book, Robbins seemed to play games with the reader Poetry makes nothing happen Next page, Poetry m [...]

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