The Fan Man

The Fan Man

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I've been illustrated and pixelated, man. My roaches have been lovingly depicted in their little boat, rowing through my pad. Yes, man, to celebrate Dorky Day, the illustrated edition of The Fan Man is now available for downloading into your very own precious valuable e-reader. The pictures are amazingly authentic, man, with detail down to roach level. You can see dope-smoking pigeons and there's a beautiful one of the Pope of Junk, with deep religious feelings moving in his heart just before he sells me a worthless yellow school bus.

It's all here, man, your favorite characters and mine. With just a click of your finger, you can have Uncle Skulky in your attic, and Hawkman, man, climbing through the window of your digital device. How wonderful, man, once again you can read Horse Badorties monologues to your friends in the dorm or the nearby jail cell.

"This is music to be played in the head, and only the quickest, least inhibited sight-readers can play it as written, and thus hear head music the likes of which, prior to its publication in 1974, had never been heard. It was and remains important." From Kurt Vonnegut's forward

"The landmark novel of the dusking of the Age of Aquarius is William Kotzwinkle's The Fan Man." Herbert Gold

"Kotzwinkle has invented a human dada, full of one-line gags and comic perceptions." New York Times Book Review

"The Fan Man cuts through so many games that it leaves a trail of clear light." Ram Dass

"Old Horse is one hell of a character, man." Philadelphia Bulletin

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148447849
Publisher: William Kotzwinkle
Publication date: 10/24/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 998,800
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

American novelist William Kotzwinkle is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a Book Critics Circle award nominee, a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Prix Litteraire des Bouquinistes des Quais de Paris, the PETA Award for Children's Fiction, and he wrote the narration for Michael Jackson's E.T. record which won a special children's Grammy.

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The Fan Man 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first thought of The Fan Man was what drug induced craziness is this? It also happened to be my last thought when I finished Fan Man. It is chaotic and garbled. To say that I didn't like it is not quite accurate. I get closer to the truth when I admit I didn't understand it. Nancy Pearl described this as a book about the Age of Aquarius and maybe that's the problem - despite being born under the sign of Aquarius, I don't get the Age.The Fan Man is also Horse Badorties. He is a slob, obsessed with 15 year old "chicks" he can introduce into his "love choir", fans (the Japanese hand-held folding kind) and phones. At one part of the book he spends an entire night in a phone booth making random phone calls. At first I thought the obsession with 15 year olds was a metaphor for something else, something spiritual - especially in the context of a love choir. All in all, I think it's safe to say I didn't get this book.
SimoneSimone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nothing like it in comic literature. Inspired, man. Weird, man. Wild, man.
RodV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't laughed this gleefully at a book since I read Gravity's Rainbow (yes, I'm one of those people). Horse Badorties is one of the most singularly unique and memorable characters in literature, reminiscent of later free-spirited slackers like The Dude and Kramer, but with his own particular brand of lunacy. If he were a real person, Hoarders could devote an entire season to him, and his overriding obsession is finding 15-year-old girls to comprise his "Love Chorus," and bringing medieval church music (set to the pitch of Japanese handheld, battery-powered electric fans, no less) to the masses via a nationally televised concert, but his ADD tendencies and perpetually stoned headspace get in the way (although surprisingly not that much). So, in other words, it's a pretty weird book, but funny, very funny. And I'll never look at the word "dorky" the same way again.
copyedit52 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book, which I've read more than once, because of the (pot) head of the faux first person narrator, Horse Badorties, and because it accurately coveys the loosey-goosey East Village I recall well, back in the day. I've recommended it a few times, and will recommend it again. It would deserve five stars if not for the regrettable rape scene, which I like to believe the young Kotzwinkle would have redone as an older, wiser head. Not everything is funny, after all.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites. I feel compelled to pull this off the shelf and read it every few years. It's fresh and laugh-inducing every time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The first and, so far as I know, still the best portrayal of a pothead in the sixties, when this state of mind was the norm for the 'boomer' generation. And, as befits the subject, it's hilarious too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of William Kotzinkle's Great books. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and most of all it made me think. Think about life, think about happiness, and most of all think about what is acceptable in culture today, and what should be done about those bums. My third Kozwinkle book and my favorate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first William Kotzwinkle book I have read, but after reading it I am prepared to read more. If you are a fan of Ken Kesey's one flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best reads I have had this year. Recommended by a friend and read front to cover in one sitting, I was completely facinated and enchanted. Another wonderful piece of work by Kotzwinkle.