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If you are, as I am, old enough to remember the first round of Lollapalooza's, then you may also remember the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. That in turn means you may have read a little book out at the time called Geek Love....and you know it's not star crossed love story about two employees of Apple and Microsoft, but as described by the Chicago Tribune, a novel that is "Unrelentingly bizarre… (more)
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Al and “Crystal Lil” Binewski are not very profitable at running their traveling carnival, but they have a plan. The Binewskis will start their own freak show, not by finding performers but by creating their own. Through the use of drugs and radiation, Al and Crystal Lil produce their own family ... Read More »
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The novel is the story of a traveling carnival run by Aloysius "Al" Binewski and his wife "Crystal" Lil. When the business begins to fail, the couple devise an idea to breed their own freak show, using various drugs and radioactive material to alter the genes of their children. The results are Arturo ("Arty"), a boy with flippers for hands and feet; Electra ("Elly") and Iphigenia ("Iphy"), Siamese Twins; Olympia ("Oly"), a hunchbacked albino dwarf; and Fortunato ("Chick"), the normal-looking baby of the family who has telekinetic powers.
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Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.
As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.
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