May 07 2012

Book Review. An Occasional Walker

Published by at 7:54 pm under Books

An Occasional Walker
D. W. Walker, 2011 

I haven’t read a book like An Occasional Walker since… wow. That takes me back. William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, I think. The style is definitely akin to Burroughs’ “cut-up technique”, whereby bits of text are seeded throughout the chapters, sometimes to help the reader understand, but sometimes causing a kind of pleasant literary disorientation; it’s absinthe in trade-paperback.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. To be sure, if Dagald Walker ever met Burroughs in their younger days, I suspect Dag would have whipped the poor fellow with his belt, cursing this world filled with lousy hippies and degenerate post-modernists.

This collection of Walker’s writings from the No Dhimittude blog reads at times like a stream of consciousness from a scripture-quoting American Tea Party recruiter. There are diatribes against the Islamist threat that (belatedly) burst into the public’s consciousness on the day of the 9/11 attacks; rages against policies of civilizational suicide in the wake of non-assimilating (and occasionally openly seditious) immigrant communities in the West; odes to the oil companies; screeds against environmentalists; nostalgic looks back at shoot-first ask-questions-later cowboy role models.

But occasional breaks in the commentary clue you in that you’re reading something more akin to a work of art by a tortured soul; there’s pain there. Rejection. Grim anecdotes of survival amid gritty poverty. Descriptions of places that might be war zones or just some plain old slum that looks like a war hit it. Haunting slices of life as a derelict. Love in the shadows.

An Occasional Walker is a hard book. Sometimes amusing, other times perplexing; often surprising. Just stay away from the absinthe while you’re reading it.

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3 Responses to “Book Review. An Occasional Walker”

  1. Dagon 18 May 2012 at 10:33 am

    Hey, what a fine review. I am puzzled, though. I thought my writing was mainstream. Everyone I know is pretty much like me. Could it be that the Tea Party is a little more diverse than one might assume?

    My best from Arequipa, Peru.

    Dag Walker.

  2. Anneon 18 May 2012 at 11:43 am

    I’m buying a copy now, thanks to your review.

  3. jnarveyon 18 May 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hey Dag! Good to see you dropped by. Glad you liked the review. Anyway, I used the Tea Party line as a bit of a guide for potential readers; it was the best shorthand I could think of, though it applies to chapters, not the whole book.

    Happy travels, friend.

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