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Torture the Artist [Hardcover]

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The quintessential tortured artist, Vincent Spinetti falls prey to poverty, illness, alienation, parental neglect, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns, and unrequited love, unaware that these torments are caused by the secret manipulations of New Renaissance, an organization testing the idea that art results from suffering. By the author of Anomalies.

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Vincent Spinetti is the archetypal tortured artist - a sensitive young writer who suffers from alienation, parental neglect, poverty, depression, alcoholism, illness, nervous breakdowns, and unrequited love. However, he is unaware that these torments are due to the secret manipulations of New Renaissance, an experimental organization that hopes to improve mindless mainstream culture by raising writers who emphasize artistic quality over commerce.
New Renaissance hires ex-musician Harlan Eiffler to manipulate its most promising prodigy, Vincent. Wickedly antisocial and disgusted by what passes for entertainment in the twenty-first century, Harlan ensures that Vincent remains a true artist. He poses as Vincent's manager and nurtures his career, all the while continuing to torture him.

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Pages   265
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 27, 2004
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  193156177X  
ISBN13  9781931561778  

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More About Joey Goebel

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joey Goebel was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky. He has a B.A. in English from Brescia University, and his debut novel, The Anomalies, was published in 2003. He is the former lead singer of the "Mullets and Novembrists,"

Joey Goebel currently resides in Henderson. Joey Goebel was born in 1960.

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A brilliant concept novel  Oct 31, 2007
A truly great concept novel in that it explores the implication of a societal trend by pushing it to the extreme. In this case, a boy is tortured for the sake of producing art. No real drawbacks other than the language use is fairly straightforward; the book could have used more beauty to reflect what beauty the tortured boy is meant to create.
You'll love this book, unless you like all the reality TV out there today  Sep 21, 2006
I loved this book. The writing is funny, and it's a good-sized read - not too long, not too short. I especially enjoyed the author's main expose: our popular culture is getting less intelligent every year. Not that this is a sudden revelation; we all know it. But, the author presents the argument in a way we can all relate to (unless you like all the reality TV out there today).

Not torture to read... ha ha--- kill me  Mar 23, 2006
I don't know anything about this author, It wass suggested to me by this site. Way to go this site! I realy enjoyed this book. The first page realy set the intrigue and that is the way a good dramatic fiction should read. This book may seem to slow up a bit in the first third- but then it realy takes off on it's own. The mother in this story reminded me of Gary Gilmore's Girlfreind in Executionors Song by Norman Mailor. I was sorry that this book came to an end- I thought the charectors were easily identified. It's not my style to tell people what books are about- just why they should read the book. Basicly the book is about a an artist who is almost engineered by a corporation. This is the kind of book that will leave memories with you that you will eventually mix up with your own experiances.
Unfortunately Lame  Sep 28, 2005
Sorry to have to pan it, but as far as I got in the book, it was self-important and self-indulgent.

I know there are likely just under half a million Donna's in the greater New York area. However, probably none of them loved The Anomalies and not Torture the Artist. It is, I believe, an impossibility. In fact, I appreciate TTA so very much, it is with painstaking depth of content and sincere admiration of the author that I am attempting to write a review worthy of the manuscript. The story is one we all know, but have never heard told. The voice doing the telling is clear and poignant and possibly (probably) feared. The fact that someone would assume my identity (albeit in such a trite and small-time manner) to lay falsehood to works of genius is simply a testament to the reality of the plot. An earnest review is forthcoming.

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