Nersesian's writing, reminding me at times of John Patrick Shanley and Gogol, is beautiful, especially when it is about women and love. Grid Magazine Not since The Catcher in the Rye, or John Knowles' A Separate Peace, have I read such a beautifully written book.... He tells lie after lie, just to keep a roof over his head and a couple bucks in his pocket; what happens when it all comes crashing down.Nersesian's powerful, sure-footed narrative alone is so believably human in its poignancy... If you're browsing for you're next book, I'd say it's definitely worth the price tag. When you finish this book it becomes all too clear as to why it's considered a classic. I didn't find other blurbs and reviews, although praising the book, honest about what it is.Just enjoy the collection and post anything we've missed.--RULES: This group defines incest as: vaginal intercourse between amateur blood relatives.Incest is not: role play, kissing, step-anything (but, eh, its allowed), wrestling, talking about incest, masturbating.A cult favorite, I'd say it's ready to become a legitimate religion.Jennifer Belle author of Going Down Having "grown to tolerate all of New York's degradations," Arthur Nersesian's main character is irresistibly charming, funny, and real. The narrator goes through a lot of downs, and a few ups in the seedy backdrop of unrelenting New York.A very believable and shocking story about how a life slips away from nothingness to less. It's been a long time since I read this book, but what I can remember, it's basically an attempt at a modernized version of Catcher in the Rye. The main character has the unfortunate traits of being both a screw up and of having bad luck.You might be able to relate if you've ever had a really hard or weird time in your life.
nersesian tells the story in a whimsical well thought out way, which is very enjoyable.
if you havent read any of his books, this is probably a good place to start...supposedly they are making a movie out of this one, too, and it well deserves one. I'm already six chapters into Mesopotamia and he's just as good writing a female lead character.
Reading Nersesian is more than reading about some poor b#$tard down on their luck, it's about giving the reader an opportunity to safely interact with life's ebb and flow from an entertaining vantage point.
Time Out For those who remember that the eighties were as much about destitute grit as they were about the decadent glitz described in the novels of Bret Easton Ellis and Jay Mc Inerney, this book will come as a fast-paced reminder.
Smug Magazine Touted as the bottled essence of early eighties East Village living, The Fuck-Up is, refreshingly, nothing nearly so limited....