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eBook Cancer as a Social Activity: Affirmations of World's End ePub

by Michael D. Williams

  • ISBN: 097035441X
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  • Author: Michael D. Williams
  • Publisher: Southern Roots Publishing (May 1, 2005)
  • Pages: 136
  • ePub book: 1345 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1794 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 268

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I bought Cancer as a Social Activity almost a year after I purchased my first Eyehategod record

I bought Cancer as a Social Activity almost a year after I purchased my first Eyehategod record. I was hoping for the same nihilistic, obscene bitterness that I had come to expect from Mike Williams and his band of merry mauraders, but was surprised to find something a little more elegant than a treatsie on wasted life. It's an acquired taste, to be sure. His words are spiteful and often sting, but are never detached or cliche'.

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This is the long awaited first official collection of writings by notorious Michael . illiams, the lyricist for New Orleans metal/punk . Cancer as a Social Activity : Affirmations of World's End. by Michael D. Williams. illiams, the lyricist for New Orleans metal/punk legends.

Michael IX Williams "Cancer as a Social Activity: Affirmations of World's End" - Book. Taken on September 5, 2011.

Published by Southern Roots Publishing (2005). ISBN 10: 097035441X ISBN 13: 9780970354419.

Published by Southern Roots Publishing 2005-05-01 (2005). Published by Southern Roots Publishing (2005).

Mike Williams is a musician and poet/writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2005, he released a book of poems and lyrics entitled "Cancer As a Social Activity: Affirmations of World's End".

Age: 51 (born Apr 14th, 1968). Place of origin: United States (New Orleans, Louisiana). Mike Williams is a musician and poet/writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is most known as the vocalist for the NOLA Sludge metal band, Eyehategod.

I don’t write stories like he does, but back in the eighties Clive Barker’s Books of Blood blew my mind.

Less attention has been paid, however, to Williams’ similarly idiosyncratic and visionary literary output, including his excellent collection of surrealist nightmares and fiery gutter prophecies Cancer as a Social Activity: Affirmations of the World’s End, wherein he advances the Southern Nihilist Front via bright burning, bon mot filled bizzaro viscera volleys like Eat, Sleep, Homicide, For the Love of Firebombs, Minotaur Rider . I don’t write stories like he does, but back in the eighties Clive Barker’s Books of Blood blew my mind.

This is the long awaited first official collection of writings by notorious performer/songwriter Michael D.Williams, the lyricist for New Orleans metal/punk legends EyehateGod, whose prolific recorded output has gained a mighty cult following since its inception in 1988. Mr. Williams has been long cited as "a decadent pioneer" and "a Hardcore blues prophet." The one true mouth of the disinfranchised underground scene. His fragmentary hallucenogenic outlook has been described as an illegitimate coupling of the downtrodden gutter-life beauty of Charles Bukowski, crossed with William Burroughs' cutup cerebral style. A voice of the voiceless, brutal realism metamorphised into uncompromising, startling images of gorgeous, wistful daily life. Long championed by dead end kids who KNOW, Williams is now prepared to take on whatever the mainstream literary world has to offer with this collection of nearly two hundred works.

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Xirmiu Xirmiu
I bought Cancer as a Social Activity almost a year after I purchased my first Eyehategod record. I was hoping for the same nihilistic, obscene bitterness that I had come to expect from Mike Williams and his band of merry mauraders, but was surprised to find something a little more elegant than a treatsie on wasted life. A little different.

Make no mistake, Mike's style and content is not for the faint of heart, and anyone in search of conventional poetry about nature and love and man's struggle, etc. would do well to look elsewhere. But if you're keen on a more twisted look at these traditional subjects (and more subversive ones, like shady bus stops, guerrilla warfare, and heroin withdrawal), look no further. Williams might take a negative approach to the world at large, and his writing reflects that, but it often does so in a way that reveals a beauty of language, in spite of (and often because of) his choice of colorful subject matter. It's an acquired taste, to be sure. His words are spiteful and often sting, but are never detached or cliche'. It would be lazy and wrong to label Williams as 'just another Bukowski' or whathaveyou, but I think he has a take all his own. To me, Williams writes twisted, rural fairytales that reflect his own background growing up in Louisiana. Anyone with a similar upbringing or disposition to life is bound to find something of value here. And squares can at least get all hot and bothered by his language choice, which is a part of the fun, too.

Criticisms are that, in spite of his presence of a unique voice, some of the poetry's recurring themes or images run together, making specific poems or passages a little unmemorable. Also, reading this book straight through (I finished it over a span of three days) is bound to make anyone look at the glass as a little less full than they did beforehand. As I already mentioned, this poetry is not conventional, and although it doesn't come off as sadistic for sadism's sake (to me), those unfamiliar with Williams' work in Eyehategod will probably label it as such. On that note, if you're expecting nothing more than a collection of EHG lyrics, as I initially did, you'll be disappointed; some song lyrics appear here, but often under different titles. Not like his singing voice is that decipherable as it is, anyway.

To sum up, if you are a fan of Faulkner, Eyehategod, misanthrope, or all of the above, you'll revel in this collection of poems on the wicked ways of the world. Mike shines through with some passages that are as unique and unforgettable as his style, even if its sometimes bogged down by repetition or sheer negativity. However, a negative outlook what the book promises, and it delivers in spades, with some surprisingly serene passages scattered throughout. Recommended.
Yar Yar
If you're a fan of Eyehategod, this is as essential to any collection as the albums. Not for the faint of heart, but if you're even on this page to begin with, you should already know that.

That being said, as others have said, go to Mike Williams' website and buy it directly from him for 30 bucks, not Amazon's overpriced ridiculousness, or get out to a show and get it even cheaper. Better the money go right to Mike than this corporate crap, or people listing it used for insane prices.
anonymous anonymous
The pricing on these books is obscene. Go see a Corrections House show with Mike from EHG and Scott from Neurosis. Amazing new project they have going on. Mike reads from this book while a cacophony of audio is bubbling in the background. Amazing s***. They sell these books at the show and Mike will personally give it to you for 20 bucks. If you can't do that go to his website and ask for one.
Kulabandis Kulabandis
if your reading this i assume you like eyehategod and appreciate and respect the lyrical genius that is mike williams. so i wont drag this out. this book is mike williams raw no holds barred poetry. depravity, insanity drug addiction poverty life on the streets of this decaying country as only someone whos lived it can write. mike is a god with a pen (and on stage) love it or have fun at soccer practice
Mr.Death Mr.Death
finally the texts are edited and this is a great news for all eyehategod fans around cause they are powerful, tense and delicate (!)they could have been written by selby if he played hardcore, or maybe Rollins at his peek but Williams spread his fate and hate that keeps you vomiting on the rest of the world. Well that is certainly nihilism from th eroots to the core.
Doulkree Doulkree
This same book is available on the EYEHATEGOD website for $20. Support the band and the author by buying it there.
Corgustari Corgustari
very disorienting, and obscure (in a good way). dark written word from the heart of a hard life. Very good reading for those into that sort of viewpoint.
but its not worth $146, and if you pay that much for it you're hipster trash