All Tomorrow's Parties: A Memoir

All Tomorrow s Parties A Memoir Rob Spillman the award winning charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity Born in Germany to two driven

  • Title: All Tomorrow's Parties: A Memoir
  • Author: Rob Spillman
  • ISBN: 9780802124838
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rob Spillman the award winning, charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder ofRob Spillman the award winning, charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder of the split between East and West, between suppressed dreams and freedom of expression.After an unsettled youth moving between divorced parents in disparate cities, Spillman would eventually find his way into the literary world of New York City, only to abandon it to return to Berlin just months after the Wall came down Twenty five and newly married, Spillman and his wife, the writer Elissa Schappell, moved to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols But Spillman soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him a place, or person, to call home In his intimate, entertaining, and heartfelt memoir, Spillman narrates a colorful, music filled coming of age portrait of an artist s life that is also a cultural exploration of a shifting Berlin.

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    1. Update: In case you don't trust my word --(that this book is terrific), ems its noticed by 'somebody' other than me. (its hitting the Professional BIG WIG LISTS).Its been called out to be one of the"Most Anticipated -Great 'Non-Fiction' books for 2016! (works, for meI'd loved it!)This was an engrossing memoirALLY ENJOYABLE!!!!!Rob Stillman is editor and founder of *TIN HOUSE*a literary magazine, based out of Portland, Oregon.which has been honored dozens plus awards for Best American stories, es [...]

    2. What an excellent memoir. Several story threads that all come together at the end in not such a neat way. No lil ribbon tie-off. For memoir writersudy this book. Love the structure. He creates suspense with chapter endings and with a foreshadowing early on having to do with absinthe. He's coming on the show on Sept. 21, 2016 (Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM) and I can't wait to talk to him about the book. He's so on the page, as he should be, and if anyone's flawed, it's him--just as it should be. B [...]

    3. Very entertaining and intelligent. Makes you think about your life as you read the book. I had no idea who Spillman was, but now I know all the details. A book about life and how you live it (or should live it). His music interest almost took the book to 5 stars.

    4. Fun and informative read about spillmans young life , his discovery of punk rock and new wave told simultaneously with his and his wife's long stay in east Berlin after the wall fell but before reunification Intelligent and fast paced and of course lots of book references. He didn't explain how tin house got started which disappointed , no pictures, no index no bibliography. But super fun epigrams.

    5. "Of course I'm going to jump into the abyss. That's what I do- throw myself into the unknown."Intimately revealing. The child of musicians who divorced when he was young, Rob grew up behind the Iron Curtain. Eventually he ended up in New York and longed to return to Germany when the wall came tumbling down. Here he chases a life that seemed to be promised from the time he was little and surrounded by the most worldly, creative people. That he became a writer, longs for a Bohemian existence, feel [...]

    6. "Spillman captures the rawness of youthful artistic ambition eloquently and self-consciously, the "amplified emotions you only feel in your twenties, when you are wildly changeable." His seeking of authenticity and creative fulfillment, from latching on to early influences like Hunter Thompson to his disappointment in the debauched literary culture of 1980s New York, make for a melancholy but ultimately redemptive journey." - Lisa Butts, BookBrowse. Full review at: bookbrowse/reviews/in

    7. I saw the author at a reading/signing and found him to be very interesting. I did like the book and appreciated how he went back and forth in time. I would recommend reading this book if you like memoirs.

    8. In reading Rob Spillman’s coming-of-age memoir, I was reminded of something one of Don DiLillo’s characters said to describe another person in the recent New Yorker short story, “Sine Cosine Tangent.” “The vivid boy, she whispered. The shapeless man.” Indeed, Spillman seems to have had a vivid boyhood, characterized by living part time with each of his separated musician parents. He seems to have wanted to believe that his closeted gay father was a far more compelling figure than his [...]

    9. Rob Spillman’s All Tomorrow’s Parties is a memoir about identity, sure, but it’s also a story about belonging. Andrew Hudgins has a poem about a boy in a church pageant and the poem begins “A boy – ok, it’s me.” That’s the sense from reading Spillman’s magnificent book, a man telling a story about a character who is, who was, himself.Spillman’s story moves between belongings: from Berlin to the states, from one divorced parent to the other, from artist to young man who doesn [...]

    10. Rob Spillman has -so far had a fascinating life. Born to American expats on Fullbright scholarships, he was raised in Berlin at the time of the iron curtain. He came back to the U.S. with his divorced parents and lived in many different places, looking for "home". When the Perestroika got rid of the travel limitations and the two Berlins could be reunited, of course, Spillman wanted to go back. That is what he did in the very early nineties. It is quite hard to describe Berlin after the second w [...]

    11. I first met Rob around six years ago, and he's among the people I respect most in the literary community. He's an ambassador for the written word, and he's an outspoken advocate for equity within the industry. If he offers an opinion on a subject, I know to give it due consideration. So for all I've looked up to him, it's was really great reading this memoir and learning more about his human side, too.All Tomorrow's Parties is a pair of parallel stories covering Rob's childhood and young adultho [...]

    12. Rob Spillman (co-founder and editor of literary magazine Tin House) was born in Germany and raised in Berlin by his musician parents. There and back in the United States when his family (now divorced) returns, he grows up among artists and deep in the theater world. Eventually, Spillman finds his way to New York where he hungers to live the life of an artist which in his eyes means the life of Jack Kerouac or Hunter Thompson or something like that. As part of that search, he convinces his wife t [...]

    13. Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of the literary magazine Tin House. All Tomorrow’s Parties is about a period in Spillman’s life where he and his wife, Elissa Schapell (also co-founder of Tin House), move to Europe and make their way to East Berlin just before the fall of the wall. They are looking for adventure and inspiration for their writing. Spillman is also looking for a place to call home.Spillman’s parents are German and his childhood was spent in West Berlin before moving to [...]

    14. You don't have to be a Tin House fan to enjoy Spillman's tale of his childhood in Berlin and Baltimore, followed by his growing up in his 20s in NYC and Berlin again. There's definitely some pretentiousness here and he does get a tad insufferable at times, but Spillman's writing and structure will win you over in the end. You'll also have an appreciation for his wife, who seems to have put up with quite a bit when they were first together. He's a talented writer though and has some great insight [...]

    15. I have never read a book quite like this one. I wanted not just to travel to the time periods and places Rob Spillman was living in, but to be in his shoes and inhabit his experiences. His lively, enrapturing prose made that nearly possible. Spillman has incredible insight; here is someone laying bare for you many of his youthful aspirations, mistakes, and acquired knowledge, always with the intent of expressing to the reader that a true artist’s calling, the chasing of a dream, is never easy, [...]

    16. This memoir is one of my favorite books. In an early chapter, eight-year-old Robby sneaks a few U.S. Dollars in his sock from West to East Berlin with his father, an accomplice in purchasing cheap sheet music. “I came to crave this danger, savored it as much as my seemingly inexplicable survival – but quietly, the desire so surreptitious you’d never, ever know that about me.” It's like an intimate motif, this feeling, I saw it popping up through the whole book, and it made the whole expe [...]

    17. I read this in galley via Netgalley, so I don't know how much the Kindle changed the formatting and how that affected my reading of it. Spillman uses the occasion of living in post wall, pre unification East Berlin to reflect on his life from his birth to musician parents in Berlin (West), their split, his early childhood in Berlin, the return to the States, and his constant search for home. Neither of his parents seem able to provide this; home, he believes, is Berlin. He returns as an adult wi [...]

    18. I eagerly awaited this book, because I'm such a fan of Tin House, and I've heard Rob Spillman talk about what he looks for in a story or essay, so my expectations were high. The more I knew about the book, the more I wanted to read it -- I too sought something more from my existence through art as a young person, I too suffered through parental vagaries, I too have a connection with Germany, and I too found my path through punk music and its offshoots. The book took a while for me to get into -- [...]

    19. I’m glad I read this book. The author is a writer and he tells the story of how he grew into that. He does it by alternating chapters - first his childhood, step by step across the years. The other chapters are in one brief period as a young adult. He and his wife and a friend (accompanied by other friends along the way) go to Europe, eventually arriving in Berlin (where he had lived in some of his childhood). They arrive in Berlin as the Wall is falling and in the in-between-time of the real [...]

    20. I loved this memoir. It helps that I know Rob a little, or at least have been in his orbit, at the wonderful Tin House summer writing workshops. I know his wife, Elissa, better, because she led my workshop. She is fabulous fun, and formidable, and it was so fascinating to learn about their past amd their and early married life travelling in Europe. (I never wanted them to leave Portugal — I was a little mad at Rob for dragging Elissa away from that paradise.) Rob Spillman grew up in Berlin dur [...]

    21. Very good book. Excellent journey. The destination – not so much, and I will write about that, with spoiler warnings.This is great involving reading. The journey, the struggle the author goes on. Descriptive, muscular detail. Berlin, Chautauqua, Aspen – musician parents. Back and forth between the past and a more current present.I was very caught up in this and really loved it.And then he ended it. Here's your spoiler alert. You can start reading after the second set of three asterisks:*** W [...]

    22. Again, a book I didn't like or hate. I originally read the first chapter through the Buzz Books Spring/Summer 2016 release. That chapter was about being invited to an East Berlin rave being held under the Wall in an abandoned subway station. That was intriguing enough for me to track down the rest of the book. I kind of wish I hadn't.The book alternates chapters between Rob's childhood in West Berlin/Rochester/Baltimore/Aspen, and his life in Portugal/East Berlin after the Wall came down but bef [...]

    23. The book cover promises (I'm going from memory here) what it was like to party in the 80's in NYC, among other things. Instead this was the self centered ramblings of someone without any sense of responsibility to the people around him, only to big artistic ideas. The moments in Germany after the wall coming down were educational and entertaining, almost in spite of the author rather than because of him. This is a rare book that I kind of enjoyed while I was reading it (though it felt long), but [...]

    24. Rob Spillman was born in Berlin to musical parents who soon divorced. All Tomorrow's Parties is his memoir of a childhood spent on two continents and his eventual return to Berlin as a young writer after the Wall fell. Spillman's desire to be part of an artistic movement is both his most appealing quality and nearly his undoing. He doesn't spare himself some retrospective self-criticism, and the book is the stronger for it. Well worth reading and a fine companion to another recent memoir I loved [...]

    25. I honestly doubt Spillman would have published his own book if someone had submitted it to him. I've only finished the first two chapters and I just can't stand his writing style and just feel like I'm reading the words of someone who thinks he is SO COOL. Boring. Juvenile. Trite. Nothing like what his magazine tin house publishes.

    26. Made me think a lot about my own sometimes restless desire to move/ travel abroad/ explore. Spillman's recounting of a search for a creative life in New York, Portugal, then in Berlin, is not necessarily a tale of adventure but one of wandering, of restlessness, of discontent. Interspersed with equally idyllic and painfully honest reconstructions of past times and places.

    27. I enjoyed a lot of this (first punk show! Sonic Youth references! Berlin with wall! etc) But I think most books (memoirs, especially) could be shorter, and this was no exception.

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