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"Robert Levin has three things going for him. One, he is extremely intelligent. Two, he has complete control of the English language and makes the most of it. Three, [he] has an unusual sense of humor. The combination is effective and the result of it is the collection of short stories and essays entitled, When Pacino's Hot, I'm Hot." —Casey Quinn, Short Story Library
"This is a brilliantly entertaining book, which will have you nodding in agreement while feeling slightly guilty for laughing so hard." — Rachel Kendall, Sein und Werden
"A gem of a book.” — Nathan Tyree, Bookmunch
“Fun and funny read.” — Armchair Interviews
“When Levin’s hot, he’s hot.” — Books Are Pretty
[b]When Pacino’s Hot, I’m Hot:
A Miscellany of Stories & Commentary
by Robert Levin[b]
ISBN: 978-0-6151-8765-5/108 pages/$10
Available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com
A compendium of fiction and non-fiction by a humorist sui generis: ironist, satirist, realist, burlesque comic—yes, all from the same author, this Robert Levin who gleefully fingers the absurdities of life with trenchant wit and daunting intelligence. His voices are many and varied and ultimately balanced: the cynicism of “Everything's All Right In the Middle East” leavened by the belly laughs of “Peggie,” the raw sensibility of "Spinning the Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception” lightened by the surprising sweetness of the title story. Scathing examinations of self-destructiveness give way to redemption (of sorts) in "Dog Days." Finally, there is the sadder but wiser "Free Jazz," illuminating the ’60s with piercing intellect and hardly a guffaw to be found. And so a writer, perfectly willing to offend if that's what it takes to be funny and make his point, turns out to please in a myriad of ways. A collection to laugh with and wonder at.
Robert Levin ("A writer from whom I always learn something."—Nat Hentoff) is the coauthor and coeditor, respectively, of two collections of essays about jazz and rock in the '60s: Music & Politics (with John Sinclair), World, and Giants of Black Music (with Pauline Rivelli), Da Capo Press. Among numerous other places, his stories and commentary have appeared in, or on the web sites of, Absinthe Literary Review, Best of Nuvein Fiction, Cosmoetica, Eyeshot, New York Review, Rolling Stone, Sein und Werden, Sweet Fancy Moses, Underground Voices, Unlikely Stories, The Village Voice and the Word Riot 2003 Anthology.