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FAKE ADS FOR REAL #SAVAGE19862011
Some retrospective ads for Savage 1986-2011.
“Like one of those albums you can’t stop playing, Savage 1986-2011 is immediately catchy, thrilling and electric with an honest beauty and wild energy. Nathaniel G. Moore brings us on a journey into a hidden world of secret lovers, cool sisters, morgues, wrestlers and exorcisms, a world that shimmers and ignites behind the facades of ordinary suburbia. This book is a great read, but...
SMELLS LIKE TEEN L'ETRANGER
Unexpected confluences of characteristics (honesty, denial, obsession, paranoia and love) infuse Savage’s post-antihero Nate. Vanilla and anxious, he nevertheless has an almost cunning and evolved inner life. Somehow this makes his insights and scrutiny over others profound and involved. While the treatment of Nate as a case study on one type of masculinity (no matter how unique) is typical, he...
“LEASIDE’S ANSWER TO THE GULF WAR”
“Moore does something quite large here. He builds that cardboard box in your basement. The one filled with things you’ve forgotten, or tried to. You don’t want to open it but once you do you find it quite impossible to close or to forget. Much like the too tight, just right words you’ll find in Savage 1986-2011, reflecting a world which now cannot be unbuilt. This is...
Savage 1986-2011 is a family novel about the blurred lines between child and adult roles, economic turbulence, the ever-changing landscape of interior heroism, the scarring effects of teenage love and creating the new family order by overcoming the complexities of the past.
Savage 1986-2011 is a family novel about the blurred lines between child and adult roles, economic turbulence, the ever-changing landscape of interior heroism, the scarring effects of teenage love and creating the new family order by overcoming the complexities of the past. The book’s design and spiritual aesthetic is a New Order box set. The book will be published by Anvil Press in October...
The family/antifamily opus When Nate was a teenager, Randy Savage was his hero. A creative, messy and often-edited teen, Nate is obsessed with fantasy and the search for an agent of change to save him from reality. As Nate finished high school, and the world to which Savage belonged lost popularity, Nate saw the wrestler’s downfall mirrored in his own life. When Savage dies, Nate sees his life...
Moore currently has a novel/memoir called Savage in the works, which he says chronicles the “middle class implosion” of his own family, set between February 1986 – when Moore first saw Savage on television – and the wrestler’s death in May 2011. The book, Moore’s fifth, sounds about as complex and quirky as his idolization of Savage. Moore sums up the highlights: “Lots of secrets from the 1960s,...