Double Duce

Double Duce What Kerouac was to the Beat generation Aaron Cometbus is to the punk scene in Berkeley California In this first novel his slacker kids ponder life s mundane questions with the seriousness of ancie

  • Title: Double Duce
  • Author: Aaron Cometbus
  • ISBN: 9780867195866
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Kerouac was to the Beat generation, Aaron Cometbus is to the punk scene in Berkeley, California In this first novel, his slacker kids ponder life s mundane questions with the seriousness of ancient philosophers how to get by on no money, where to scam free photocopies, and the finer points of food filching Through a haze of beer and Top Ramen, they engage in endlesWhat Kerouac was to the Beat generation, Aaron Cometbus is to the punk scene in Berkeley, California In this first novel, his slacker kids ponder life s mundane questions with the seriousness of ancient philosophers how to get by on no money, where to scam free photocopies, and the finer points of food filching Through a haze of beer and Top Ramen, they engage in endless debates about the nature of punk rock rage the tribe of punks and dropouts has never before been so perfectly chronicled as in this oral history made into a written saga In his autobiographical work, Cometbus offers an eclectic series of connected stories about living on the fringe in Berkeley.

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    1. Count me as another reader who really savors both Aaron Cometbus' writing and his deft ability to say something more about figuring out life through his stories -- real, fictional or reimagined. This is his recounting of a house he lived in but also another of his love letters to punk, Berkeley and life. (FWIW, I'm late to the party with Cometbus -- having largely ignored it in real time, despite many friends' reverence -- and am now going back and reading them backwards. It probably puts me in [...]

    2. This is probably Cometbus at the height of his talent, before getting more mainstream seemed to change something in him. Self-published (or at least it was originally self-published) tales of punk rock life and the strange and darkly funny adventures he gets in. Characters so real you can almost feel them in your life (they probably are real people, in fact). Cometbus tackles philosophical themes and just-as-important minutiae with equal ability and clarity. A joy to read, something I look forwa [...]

    3. Maybe I'm biased because I think over the course of my late teens an early twenties I have been to quite a few houses that reminded me of the Double Duece. I have probably slept on the floor in them and felt gross. But reading the book makes me nostalgic for it in a weird way. I just think if you have any punk rock tendencies or experience in the "punk lifestyle" that this is the best book ever. It's just so hilariously true, kinda gross and facinating all at the same time. I love me some Cometb [...]

    4. I have a hard time looking at this critically, as I'm such a sucker for Aaron's stuff. In fact it never even occurred to me to think of this as something to post on GR, as I got the $2 zine of Double Deuce and not the LG reprint, until I saw it on some one else's list. So I can only offer another gushy gushy positive review, though I cringe at the overt "berkeley punk" and Kerouac name dropping. I think of it as zine culture, and one of the best examples thereof, so on that level, owes as much t [...]

    5. 'Double Deuce' my possibly be my favorite book. And for sure, Aaron is my favorite writer of all time.Cometbus really has a talent for portraying uncomfortable situations in a sweet & sentimental light. I laughed my way through! Every character seemed like an old friend in a way. They are all just a bunch of irresponsible punks living in Berkeley, CA. Lots of fun adventures & stories of pissing off the cops, selling fanzines, destroying everything in sight & having great times with t [...]

    6. Okay- Despite what the Rev. J. LeSchwes says- this book is the shit. A punk rock retelling of Steinbeck's Tortilla Flats- and on par with the original. This is the perfect novel of the East Bay punks (at least to an outsider)- good theory, great rationalizations, deep cynicism, and attempts at absurdist beauty- with the extra bonus of perhaps the best front and back cover of all of the Cometbuses.

    7. DELICIOUS!i enjoyed almost every second and got very intimate with cometbus' workI know I'm enjoying a book when I start to believe that I know the people I'm reading about and want to call them to hang out by the waterfront or grab some coffee.I found a copy of the Despite Everything collection at Pegasus' on Shattuck for 8$, I probably won't read that all the way through like this (short) one, but I'm proud and excited to have it as part of my library.

    8. Really enjoyed the prose. I think that not having a plot allows you to slow down and really focus on the little nuances of the writing. He throws all these little funny observations and quirky scenarios in that make you stop and ponder. Ponder what, I'm not sure, but in any instance, it was enjoyable. The only drawback is that the book is printed in all caps and "handwriting" font which made it slightly annoying to read.

    9. This is set in the 80s and follows the misadventures of a group of lovable fuck-ups in Berkeley who listen to punk rock, "squat" in abandoned buildings, play in punk bands, have runs ins with the police, never have jobs, drug abuse, etc. A very entertaining readkes a good break when you need something light and not serious. The author, Aaron Cometbus, is in a "secret" band with Billie Joe from GREEN DAY (he plays drums) called Pinhead Gunpowder.

    10. I was surprised how much I liked this. Aaron's analogies of his friends and the group-togetherness and separateness really rang true, without any sort of forced labeling on his part. I would think anyone who has lived through their 20's would relate to a lot of this, even if you haven't lived through all the debauchery and destruction.

    11. yeah dude cometbus at his BEST! punk-pulp kingpin!tually i just reread this one and it's entertaining if you just plow through it and don't think, just picking out each individual detail/incident/whatever. the problem is that the characters just aren't fully realized, not a one of them

    12. I like his writing a lot, but it took 18 months of putting down and picking up to finish this 170 page book. Too long. Aaron and his bud dies at a squalid Berkeley squat and their trials was a little much for me but his writing was good enough. At the end of the long narrative, there were other stories included and I found them stronger and more entertaining.

    13. I was pleasantly surprised to find a minimum of navel-gazing and self-aggrandizement in the first Cometbus novel. Aaron Cometbus is slyly self-deprecating in role as a (self-described) "punk anthropologist".

    14. At one time, as in when I was 17, this was my favorite. I tried to read it when it came out in paperback form and I just couldn't get through it. I guess I don't think Cometbus is all that romantic anymore.

    15. Cometbus's first novel, a look at life in a punk house in Berkeley and all the shenanigans therein. His short stories are probably better, but if you like those, then you'll probably like this as well.

    16. This is a great book about a bunch of punks living in a punkhouse on one level, but deeper it is about what happens to those who chose to drop out of society. It is sad in parts and beautiful in others.

    17. well written. hilarious. not too much of the 90s ideological emo dribble that is so unpalletable to look back on. i agree with trevor: if you were ever into that whole 90s punk scene, i totally recommend this quick read.

    18. This might be my favorite of Aaron Cometbus's amazing writings. Great tales of 90's punks on the streets of Berkeley.

    19. an awesome novelette about a crazy house in oakland that aaron lived in. one of the best issues, and that's saying a lot.

    20. i don't remember all that much about double duce aside from the fact that at a young age, it reinforced my idea that the east bay is the place i should live. these funny stories can be your life.

    21. The zine that interested me in zines. No better representation written about living in a punk house. Cometbus is the most known and possibly most respected zine writer for a reason.

    22. This is my all-time favorite Cometbus zine. I would recommend it as a first, unless you can get your hands on "Chicago Stories".

    23. Double Duce makes me nostalgic for high school, when I lived for Cometbus, Operation Ivy, Naddy Ice, The Weatherstone and midnight romps through McKinley Park.

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