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  • Title: How Soon Is Never?
  • Author: Marc Spitz
  • ISBN: 9780609810408
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • There is a light and it never goes out or is there Welcome to the big Reagan 80s, where ketchup is a vegetable and the Cold War looms large and chilly If like Joe Green you were coming of age during this boom era, your main concerns include one or of the following a rainbow assortment of Polo shirts worn with the collar flipped up, K Swiss tennis shoes, a newThere is a light and it never goes out or is there Welcome to the big Reagan 80s, where ketchup is a vegetable and the Cold War looms large and chilly If like Joe Green you were coming of age during this boom era, your main concerns include one or of the following a rainbow assortment of Polo shirts worn with the collar flipped up, K Swiss tennis shoes, a new cable channel called MTV, and Top 40 radio Stuck in the suburban haze of Long Island, New York, Joe Green knows there has got to be to life However, salvation is on the way, in the form of a quiffed up quartet from Manchester, England, who take over the airways of a local radio station Hearing the Smiths for the first time jerks Joe awake Morrissey s wry and witty lyrics speak to him, and Johnny Marr s driven guitar chords get under his skin He destroys his Phil Collins cassettes, pomades his hair into New Wave submission, studies up on his Oscar Wilde, and falls in love He even shows up for dinner on time That is, until his favorite band breaks up and then breaks his heart.Fast forward some fifteen years Joe Green is making a living as a rock journalist, still recovering from a wicked post college smack addiction and slumming with youngsters who ironically appreciate the seminal 80s music that once gave his life meaning It s too late to go home, or is it What if Joe Green can get the Smiths back together What if reuniting the long broken up band can reverse the passage of time and bring back the magic of youth What if it helps him win the heart of the woman he loves How Soon Is Never is an acerbic, ingenious look at Reagan era adolescence, the power of hearing a record that changes your life, and the dangers of nostalgia Be prepared to see a bit of yourself in Joe Green.

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    1. How Soon is Never? is primarily fan fiction for Smithophiles. It posits the ultimate dream for us: The Smiths reunited once again. Wouldn't anyone who ever gelled their hair into a perfect quiff, wrapped strings of faux beads around their paisley clad necks or rejected meat as murder move hell or high tide to make that happen if they could?I liked this bookt because it was a great bookbut because it was not much of a stretch to put myself and the friends of my youth into the story. An egotistica [...]

    2. This is sort of like readable crack for someone like mea coming of age novel whose main character is about my age (maybe 5-8 years younger) and obsessed with music in general and the Smiths in particular. As he goes off to Bennington (!!), a guidance counselor warns him, "Stay away from the cocaine." Spitz observes. "I did stay away from the cocaine. It was the heroin that was a problem." I don't expect this book to teach me anything or to improve my life in any way, but it's pretty damned fun. [...]

    3. This book might be close to YA fiction, but its subject matter is close to my heart. I believe that the first 2/3 of the book are an autobiography of the author. While he does talk about the Smiths a lot, it's really his own account of growing up in the shadow of New York City and the development of his music obsession. I loved Marc Spitz' writing for Spin as I was growing up, and this book is really made in his image. RIP Marc

    4. This book seemed awesome, as I'm a Smiths fan. But the end is a total WTF. Waste of time. The interviews with various band members are kind of worth it. Unless you're not a Smiths fan. Then just walk away now.

    5. If you love Morrissey, like I do, this book is incredible. It's like uniting with a devotee of Morrissey that gets him on the religious/sacred level that you do. I'm going to have to eat this one up again soon!

    6. I thought I was going to hate Spitz--er, the narrator who coincidentally bears a more than uncanny resemblance to Spitz--but his candor and honest self-evaluation make him transcend the Whiny Gen Xer trap. (See "Chuck Klosterman.")

    7. a boys-eye-view of what life is like as someone who has their entire world turning on a musical axis. well, with several sides of illegal substances and heartbreak added in.

    8. I heard Spitz died last month. Mark Maron repeated an interview he did with Spitz back in 2013 as a tribute. Ordered this book--a book that has long eluded me--to accompany me on a trip to the Caribbean. These are my thoughts:As a sucker for a coming-of-age story, it was hard not to love the first half, which mainly chronicles Mean Joe Green's spoiled, Anglophile existence in 1980's Long Island. Spitz is obviously fictionalizing himself to an excessive degree, but that is by no means a criticism [...]

    9. Good book. As a non Smiths fan I still enjoyed it, the writing was very good. It was not my typical fare and my only complaint was more personal. It was difficult to feel much sympathy for a main character I clearly did not identify with and whose life was just a series of poor choices. He was so obviously unhappy because he chose unhappiness. He was never very likable and was not really someone you even want to know. I didn't want the love interest to end up with him for her own sake.

    10. Smiths und Coming of age-Story. Willy Russell hat das mit seinem Fliegenfänger unerreichbar gut hinbekommen, aber How soon is never (so der Originaltitel) ist ebenfalls durchaus gelungen. Liest sich leicht, die Hauptfiguren sind zumindest somewhat relatable, und naja, die Idee einer Smiths-Reunion hat wohl jede*r Fan schon gehabt. Fanfiction, quasi.

    11. Recommended by my son. Very good but felt really old when the main character freaks out over turning 30.

    12. There are music fans, and then there are music fans. And in Marc Spitz’s engrossing novel How Soon is Never one such music fan is Joe Green, a music journalist who has been obsessed with the British band the Smiths since high school.Working as a music journalist for the magazine Headphones) Joe joins forces with his co-worker, Miki, to reunite the Smiths whose break up he never quite got over. He does this not just because he’s a huge fan of the seminal band, but to also give his life meanin [...]

    13. I never planned on reading this book, because if anyone is going to get paid for writing Smiths fanfiction, it's going to be me. Still, I heard good things about it, and found it for next to nothing in a Cedar Rapids used bookstore.For starters, it's a very readable book. Spitz isn't laugh out loud funny as David Sedaris, have unexpected plot twists like Irvine Welsh, or flat out weird like Mark Leyner. It is a quick read though, and all but the very end of the book is a page-turner.For those wh [...]

    14. Amid some neat, sweet, observations, there's a long coming of age tale that takes up the first half of the book, and which, the music thread aside, I felt distant from, followed by a coming to terms tale and a realisation, a truth Joe finds for himself, which almost saves the day, and while it was fun to read imagined interviews with the band members (based on real interviews by Spitz or others, I wonder?), ultimately the book disappoint.There are highlights: as an avid R.E.M fan I couldn't help [...]

    15. Yes, this is a book for Smiths fans, and I love their music especially the guitar sounds created by Johnny Marr.The book is also a coming of age book, a geeky high school kid becomes a lonely thirty year old. It has some attractive romance elements. But at its core this is a book that is passionate about rock and roll music, and that's why I liked it.And, although the book focuses on the Smiths, it has this to say about the Clash:"The ice age is coming, the sun zooming in, meltdown expected, the [...]

    16. This is the autobiographical story of a New York based ex-heroin-addicted, alcoholic, chain-smoking rock critic, who suffers from the fact, that he is heading towards retirement age (30). In a long retrospective he explains how the music of The Smiths played an important part in his coming of age and his whole life ever since. Finally he and his smith-loving soul-mate, a girl, he fell in love with hopelessly try to convince the band to reunite.I loved to read this novel not only because I feel t [...]

    17. This book is a combination coming-of-age high school story and dealing with turning 30 story. It could kind of be two books, actually, although the two time periods of the main charcter's life are tied together.It's a fine story, but there isn't much to it beyond what's printed on the page. The author spells out pretty much everything the main character is going through and if you've read any coming-of-age stories or come of age yourself, it's easy to get ahead of what's going on in the book.But [...]

    18. Once you make it through the first 40 pages--a full-blast onslaught of depressing, occasionally gross material with no humor at all--the book sparks to life and becomes a fairly fun 'chick lit for guys' (something I bet the hero of the book would probably refer to as 'dick lit'). You don't have to be a die-hard Smiths fan (I only ever owned two albums, and don't know them backwards and forwards), but it'll definitely help. A while back, I read Joe Pernice's Smiths-based novella in the 33 1/3 boo [...]

    19. I could read about the moment a person discovers the music that changed their life any day. It was an easy read, but brought me back to moments of discovery in my own life. While it didn't offer any new views on how music can make a person feel, it was a coming of age story, but not a typical one. A coming of adult age, I suppose. The book, while wrapped in punk and new age nostalgia is a story about turning 30 and the realization that a person, whether a friend or a lover, cannot fix all the th [...]

    20. I wanted to love this book. I really did but I just did not. I could not get past the horrible cliche of the main character. When the story takes us back in time to when Joe was a teenager and discovers music for the first time I felt a twinge of love. I remember that feeling of having everything relate to music, dictate who you could be friends with and spends hours on end listening to the radio in hopes of hearing that newly released single. Music was my everything just at had been with Joe. I [...]

    21. Marc Spitz has succeeded in basically telling my life story. From the suburban nerd turned punk turned new-waver to the 30-something NYC semi-sleaze picking up girls who weren't even born when the first Smith's LP was released. It's like he's reading my mind. Though not stated, this is obviously an autobiographical novel. Filled with details that only someone who came of age in the 80's could describe with such intricacy and emotion. This book made me both miss those innocent 1980's days of high [...]

    22. Morrissey: "Nun ich versuche allen Sachen, die über die Smiths geschrieben werden, aus dem Weg zu gehen, weil ich annehme, dass sie mich dramatisch erregen werden. Ich habe Leute, die es für mich gelesen haben"."Also jetzt: Daumen hoch oder Daumen runter?"Morrissey: "Ich sag dir's nicht. Du willst doch nur gelobt werden!"Ich (als eine von ihnen, die es für ihn gelesen haben): "Die ganze Geschichte war vom Anfang traurig, emotionell, lustig, aufregend, deprimierend. Das Ende gleicht das Ganze [...]

    23. so much more satisfying than Spitz's Too Much Too Late, this book feels complete--the narrator's an honest, self-conscious music journalist who has constantly tried to run away from his life, even in the task he's set himself up with, reuniting the Smiths. (Having never been a Smiths fan--I know I know many of you 40 somethings are saying "How is that possible!?!?"--this premise seems amusing to me and gives the novel a fantasy appeal). The narrator is so candid, so vulnerable, so real, I wanted [...]

    24. por un tiempo a principios de los 00's leia la revista SPIN, y este libro junto a Sex, drugs and cocopuffs siempre eran anunciados y siempre tuve la curiocidad. En el 2010 o 11 decidi comprarlo y leerlo. Para mi, The Smiths, son como una religion asi que este libro me gusto mucho.Por sierto de que en el 2012 se lo preste a una chava (Vane) y nunca me lo devolvio. Talves fue el precio de los placeres, talvez solo falta de educacion, igual una copia nueva ahora lo reemplasa en mi librero. El origi [...]

    25. Being are ardent Smiths fan (most people hit that phase at some point?) and reading Marc Spitz constantly in Spin, especially the article where he interviewed himself, I waited -- pins and needs, bated breath -- for this book to come out. All that I could muster after this surprisingly long read was 'meh'.There were good parts, there were not so good parts. I doubt anything, really, could have lived up to my expectation and excitement.

    26. When I first read this book at 24 I thought, "Wow, I may very well end up like this guy."Having reread it at 32, I am glad I didn't.Well written with a wonderful sense of self deprecation. Any fan of The Smiths has longed for the idea of their reunion at least once. Please, please, please read.

    27. I'm not ashamed to admit my history with The Smiths and this fictional story takes one fellow fan's obsession to the next level as he tracks down the members of the band to talk them into reuniting one last time. Sex, drugs, and rock n' roll follow in kind. Delivers a good does of nostalgia for those of us still living in 1986.

    28. If you love the Smiths and 80's music references then you will love this book, but let me just emphasize if you do not like Morrissey then do not read this book because this is a story about one man's love, hetero love, for an amazing artist of Kroon. Also if you can relate 2 once being an angst outsider that loved music in your teens and had a rebellious edge this book may be for you

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