The Pickup Artist

The Pickup Artist From the award winning author of Pirates of the Universe a New York Times Notable Book of the Year comes The Pickup Artist a sharp witty and subversive exploration of the future of art culture a

  • Title: The Pickup Artist
  • Author: Terry Bisson
  • ISBN: 9780312874216
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the award winning author of Pirates of the Universe, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, comes The Pickup Artist a sharp, witty, and subversive exploration of the future of art, culture, and society In the tradition of Ray Bradbury s fireman who burns books in Fahrenheit 451, our hero, Hank Shapiro, is a pickup artist, a government agent who gathers for retirFrom the award winning author of Pirates of the Universe, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, comes The Pickup Artist a sharp, witty, and subversive exploration of the future of art, culture, and society In the tradition of Ray Bradbury s fireman who burns books in Fahrenheit 451, our hero, Hank Shapiro, is a pickup artist, a government agent who gathers for retirement creative works whose time has come and gone You see, there s simply not enough room in the world for all the art, so anything past a certain age must be cataloged, archived in the records, and destroyed, paving the way for new art It s a job that comes with risk and the pay s lousy, but it covers the bills And, after all, this year s art is better than last year s, isn t it But what happens is not nearly as important as the telling Terry Bisson is an American writer in the satirical tradition of Twain and Vonnegut and perhaps Richard Brautigan He can make you laugh and touch your heart in the same sentence This is a book about love, death, and America.

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    1. Not what you think, it is the story of a future world in which the govt. decides to clean up the glut of art, books and movies inundating the world and sets up an agency whose workers go around picking up these items from their owners and destroying them.It is a very sweet and quirky with our pickup artist being a decent guy who has a sick dog named Homer who can talk, but can only say sentences which begin with, "Something smells. . .", but he is able to communicate quite well with this system; [...]

    2. I read this book because I saw it in the book exchange at my work and thought the cover art was interesting. Well, that is about as far as it goes. The setting of the story is sometime in the future, it really doesn't say in the book. Hank is a government agent, a pickup artist, who collects works of art (books, CD's, paintings, etc) that have been "deleted" to make room for new art. But he somehow goes on an adventure to Vegas with a librarian who wears a bluebird bra that shows her emotions, h [...]

    3. I have read a lot of mixed reviews regarding the book "The Pickup Artist." I have to say it made me smile and even chuckle a little out-loud. Reading this was sorta like a guilty pleasure (what I imagine romance novels must be like for those who read that genre). I couldn't wait to sneak away and dive into this completely fantastical world of nonsense. I've heard lots complain about the cloned Bobs. I loved them! I thought the use of every Indian stero-type was funny (not in a mean way). The mot [...]

    4. This started out as intruiging, speculative fiction, then got progressively weirder and more like a dream than an alternative future. I mean, these two near-strangers travel from New York to Vegas with a corpse and a dying dog in the back of their van. And both the corpse and the dog occasionally speak. Then they woman has a baby she's been pregnant with for nine YEARS. But he's not a baby, he's a kind of a little man. And there are 47 clones named Bob. See what I mean about the random dreamlike [...]

    5. Good book. It kind of reminded me a bit of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, only a lot stranger. Has its humorous moments. A fun read.

    6. The similarities to Fahrenheit 451 are obvious. The Pickup Artist is set in a near future America in which art in all forms — music, literature, painting, movies — is being purged to alleviate the glut of such things and allow space for new creative endeavors. When a work, author, or artist is placed on the deletion list, all originals and copies of the applicable art forms are collected and destroyed.The first-person narrator of this story is a pickup artist, a person working for the Bureau [...]

    7. Supongo que es una fortuna para mí encontrar un libro que combine la ciencia ficción, la distopía, el humor, reflexiones sobre el arte y demasiado surrealismo.Precisamente el aspecto surrealista puede ocasionar que ames u odies este libro, ya que en algún momento puede rayar lo absurdo y perturbador. Personalmente recomiendo no tomar este aspecto tan en serio (aunque tal vez yo lo disfruté porque ciertamente me gustan las cosas extrañas).No he tenido la oportunidad de leer Farenheit 451 y [...]

    8. What a great premise - set in the nearish dystopian future, a "Pickup Artist" responsible for collecting artistic works that have been identified for deletion from the canon (because newer artists found it too hard to become successful/popular) becomes disenchanted with his life and job and rebels (in his own unique and somewhat unintentional way). Echoes of Fahrenheit 451 combined with dry wit in the first few pages made this seem like a natural fit for me. Unfortunately, the promise of the pre [...]

    9. This was the first Terry Bisson book that I read. It wasn't until later that I realized this is the same person who wrote "They're Made of Meat", which is one of my favorite science fiction short stories.The only problem I had with this book was that it just didn't ring true. The world didn't seem like one that would stem from the world we live in. A quick check of the copyright date gave me the answer as to why it was written pre-2001, and published right around the 9/11 attacks.For a pre-9/11 [...]

    10. An amusing black comedy of a novel that reminded me of Vonnegut and Tom Robbins (back when he was funny). One star off for the alternating chapters format, with one chapter of story followed by a chapter of ongoing infodump about why art and music and books are being deleted. All of that info should have been condensed into about two paragraphs within the story, IMHO. Of course, then you'd end up with a novella, I suppose. A fun road-trip story with clones named Bob, a talking dog, trash mining, [...]

    11. I really enjoyed this book. It was a Fahrenheit 451 take on art, instead of books. In order to make more room for new art and artists, old art is taken and destroyed. The pick-up artists is the man who is in charge of rounding up all the old art - ranging from paintings to music. He become enthralled with a record he picks up and wants to listen to it, so he sets out to find a record player.Even though it has been over a year since I read this book, I still think about the story and the characte [...]

    12. a futuristic look at the world and how to deal with the continuting production of art, music and literature. Hank is a pickup artis, who picks up art, music, movies and books to be destroyed in orger to make room for new coming in. This protrayal of our world is similar yet vastly different with emphasis on our increasing disconnect with others and our consumerism that threatens to drown us. an interesting spin on it.

    13. Meh. The premise is fascinating but that's where my interest stopped. I know it's a commentary on modern American society and in that way it was mildly appealing but the story is lack luster. I was annoyed by all of the characters (which I think was the point but still) so I didn't really care what happened to them. It look me forever to finish the book because I just wasn't interested in the outcome. It is a quick read though if you can sit still that long

    14. This book takes place in the near future, wherein it has been decided that older works of art must be destroyed in order to make room for new ones. It's an interesting and often times amusing read, but ultimately the fake history segments outshine the actual plot. It all comes together eventually, but it takes a while to get going. Overall I enjoyed it.

    15. Totally worth reading. I loved the alternating chapter structure -- one forwarding the story, then one giving backstory about what led society to the sci-fi predicament the main guy's living in. I often wonder about cultural overcrowding, though I'm also staunchly anti-censorship. So this brought up many what-ifs.

    16. An interesting story well told. The semblance to fahrenheit 451 is very superficial. Bradbury's book was a warning about censorship and thought control, this is nowhere that serious. Think more along the lines of Tom Robbins, at least that what came to my mind the further I went into the book.

    17. Sometimes it's annoying when someone is trying to be Ray Bradbury. This time, it works really well - Bisson has the same clean writing style and unassuming way of taking you straight into the another time and place.

    18. 2010- This book was supposed to be like Fahrenheit 451, and it did remind me of it, only it wasn't as good. Overall, I felt the book was very repetitive, and I didn't like how it went back and forth between the story and the history behind it. Blah.

    19. If you want bleak futuristic destruction of arty stuff, read Fahrenheit 451. If you want freaky gross stuff, read Chuck Palahniuk. This one isn't really work the trouble.

    20. More like a 3.8. Clever and entertaining satire, moves well, no bog spots, but at times a bit proposterous.

    21. Not sure about this yet. Interesting premise, but might have made for a better short story than full length novel.

    22. El libro empieza muy bien, con un regusto genial a Fahrenheit 451. Pero poco a poco se vuelve aburrido, lento y caótico. Una pena porque tenía muy buena pinta.

    23. This is the second or third time I've tried to read The Pickup Artist without success. I found the setup too unbelievable, ridiculous even; it kept throwing me out of the story.

    24. Interestingmy first Bisson book. picked up Voyage to The Red Planet. clearly, I liked this one. makes worry when I watch the evening news.

    25. This is a really watered-down, unfulfilling version of "Fahrenheit 451." It's a great satirical premise that just doesn't ever build enough momentum to support it's full-length format.

    26. Clearly inspired by Bradbury, but not anywhere close to Bradbury. I did like the odd twists. The oddball quips from the dog and manchild made me laugh. Worth reading.

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