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Previously considered the domain of bikers and a rite of passage in the services, tattoos have crawled from society's fringes and onto the ankles of starlets and the biceps of bankers. In this volume, stories from writers including Sylvia Plath and Ray Bradbury capture the tattoo experience. Previously considered the domain of bikers and a rite of passage in the services, tattoos have crawled from society's fringes and onto the ankles of starlets and the biceps of bankers. In this volume, stories from writers including Sylvia Plath and Ray Bradbury capture the tattoo experience.


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Previously considered the domain of bikers and a rite of passage in the services, tattoos have crawled from society's fringes and onto the ankles of starlets and the biceps of bankers. In this volume, stories from writers including Sylvia Plath and Ray Bradbury capture the tattoo experience. Previously considered the domain of bikers and a rite of passage in the services, tattoos have crawled from society's fringes and onto the ankles of starlets and the biceps of bankers. In this volume, stories from writers including Sylvia Plath and Ray Bradbury capture the tattoo experience.

30 review for Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos

  1. 5 out of 5

    Korri

    As a tattooed woman always searching for more literature on tattoos, I was looking forward to delving into this book. As with any anthology or collection of essays, the quality of the pieces is varied. It is difficult to convey art in words and that's what tattoos are--art permanently inscribed on the body. So while I appreciated the diversity of the writing, some of it felt rather... literal and sophmoric, like the personal ramblings one would scribble in one's journal during the incredible end As a tattooed woman always searching for more literature on tattoos, I was looking forward to delving into this book. As with any anthology or collection of essays, the quality of the pieces is varied. It is difficult to convey art in words and that's what tattoos are--art permanently inscribed on the body. So while I appreciated the diversity of the writing, some of it felt rather... literal and sophmoric, like the personal ramblings one would scribble in one's journal during the incredible endorphin rush that comes after getting inked. On the other hand, I found myself enjoying the beautifully polished stories and poems by Flannery O'Connor and Michael Walters, for example. What those pieces have in common is that they do not describe the process of tattooing or the reasons behind a tattoo but wrestled with aesthetics and how the status of the body changes once a person is inked.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    3.25 instead of 3. There is a girl who works at the salon that I go to who I have a rabid girl-crush on. She's about 6 feet tall, curvy, has her hair done in a Bettie Page style with blunt bangs & volume, & her arms are covered in sleeves of tattoos. Part of the attraction is the fact that she looks the way I want to. Dorothy Parker's Elbow is a collection that inspires the same sort of desire in me. These are stories & essays by people who have explored their skins' limits & the collision of exp 3.25 instead of 3. There is a girl who works at the salon that I go to who I have a rabid girl-crush on. She's about 6 feet tall, curvy, has her hair done in a Bettie Page style with blunt bangs & volume, & her arms are covered in sleeves of tattoos. Part of the attraction is the fact that she looks the way I want to. Dorothy Parker's Elbow is a collection that inspires the same sort of desire in me. These are stories & essays by people who have explored their skins' limits & the collision of experience & the body. It reminds me of the reason why I fell in love with tattoos in the first place & leaves me hungry for the look of new ink. It's a beautiful, although somewhat lopsided collection, which is what keeps it from a 3.5 or 4. Highlights are Seth Mnookin's "It Only Hurts a Little," Karol Griffin's "Zowie," Elizabeth McCracken's "It's Bad Luck to Die," & Kafka's "In the Penal Colony." Reading Dorothy Parker's Elbow is re-experiencing what it's like to sit in a chair, under the needle & shows you a few things you might not have had the courage to see. Thanks again to my best friend for giving it to me as a present.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    "This book didn't change my feelings about tattoos, but it gave me more insight into what they might mean to people in various circumstances. On the plus side, stories by Melville, Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, and Sylvia Plath give the book literary credibility. On the minus side, a lot of self-absorbed writers hoping to gain recognition as new talent seem to be struggling to give their identity an anchor through their tattoos. The book publishes pieces that seem like unrevised first drafts. So alt "This book didn't change my feelings about tattoos, but it gave me more insight into what they might mean to people in various circumstances. On the plus side, stories by Melville, Kafka, Flannery O'Connor, and Sylvia Plath give the book literary credibility. On the minus side, a lot of self-absorbed writers hoping to gain recognition as new talent seem to be struggling to give their identity an anchor through their tattoos. The book publishes pieces that seem like unrevised first drafts. So altogether, four or five pieces in the book were worth reading but I wouldn't recommend much of the rest of it."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I really liked some of the poems and short stories in this book. I did have a hard time finishing it, I just wanted to be done with the reading of it. But that might have been from starting before going to Vietnam and finishing it after returning with a 3 week abandonment in the middle. I have tattoos, I liked reading about others with tattoos. It's an interesting concept to arrange a collection around. Although a lot of the longest stuff is in the middle,which when you're reading straight throu I really liked some of the poems and short stories in this book. I did have a hard time finishing it, I just wanted to be done with the reading of it. But that might have been from starting before going to Vietnam and finishing it after returning with a 3 week abandonment in the middle. I have tattoos, I liked reading about others with tattoos. It's an interesting concept to arrange a collection around. Although a lot of the longest stuff is in the middle,which when you're reading straight through gets tedious.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather Johnston

    Nice concept. Some stories and poems are better than others. The only thought that comes to mind, is if you were going to put any literary quote on your body in ink forever, what would it be? This leads to some deep discussions about memorable quotes and if they speak for your personality sufficiently...

  6. 4 out of 5

    katie clancy

    if you like short stories, personal narratives etc. and you like tattoos and the cultures whom have sprouted up around the art or vice versa...you should really pick this up. it is a great book to keep in your purse or man bag or back pack, for a quick read while waiting for whatever.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really enjoyed this compilation of different poems, essays, and fiction excerpts about tattoos. There's nothing life-changing in this book, but it did make me appreciate the art of tattooing even more than I already did. I'm passing this on to my friend who also loves essay compilations. I really enjoyed this compilation of different poems, essays, and fiction excerpts about tattoos. There's nothing life-changing in this book, but it did make me appreciate the art of tattooing even more than I already did. I'm passing this on to my friend who also loves essay compilations.

  8. 4 out of 5

    h

    this book is seriously awesome! fiction, short essays, poetry. i'm bummed that i took it out of the library because i know i'm going to have to buy it. a total keeper, everything in this anthology sings. this book is seriously awesome! fiction, short essays, poetry. i'm bummed that i took it out of the library because i know i'm going to have to buy it. a total keeper, everything in this anthology sings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    sisterimapoet

    I've been dipping into this for years. A mixed bag. Some good, some a bit lacking. The Elizabeth McCracken stood out enough for me to look into more of her writing. I've been dipping into this for years. A mixed bag. Some good, some a bit lacking. The Elizabeth McCracken stood out enough for me to look into more of her writing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    An excellent collection of stories from some of my favorite writers on a very interesting topic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    I re-read this on a slow day waiting for jury duty selection, and remembered again how much I loved it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I'm too freckled and indecisive to get a tattoo but I'm still fascinated by the thought of them. I'm too freckled and indecisive to get a tattoo but I'm still fascinated by the thought of them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Valiant

    Great short stories by great women. A must read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tami Garrard

    The poem by Kim Addonizio about tracing the outlines of her lover's tattoos, and the loss that ensues, is worth the entire collection. I cry each time I read it. The poem by Kim Addonizio about tracing the outlines of her lover's tattoos, and the loss that ensues, is worth the entire collection. I cry each time I read it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz Derrington

    Both incredibly eclectic and thoroughly engaging.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gary

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tara

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Elzie-Tuttle (theinfophile)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kara

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erik Dabel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate Abbott

  28. 5 out of 5

    S

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brit

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