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8A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 15, 2003

ARTS

Courtesy of
Miramax
Bruce
Lee's suit
In "Game
of Death."
One refer.
ence down,
a million
to go.

Courtesy of HarperCollins

Doing his impersonation of Schwarzenegger in "Predator."

Author Pollack brings
gonzo fiction to Az

By Todd Weser
Daily Arts Editor

By Johanna Hanink
Daily Books Editor

It's not every day that a major
and respected book publishing
house fronts the money for a rock
album featuring such tracks as
"Memories of Times Square (The
Dildo Song)" and "I Wipe My Ass
on Your Novel."
But for whatever business or
insanity-driven reason, this is
exactly what _.m___._..._
HarperCollins Neal Pollack
did with Neal
Pollack's novel- At Shaman Drum
accompanying Tonight at 7 p.m.
album The Neal
Pollack Invasion: Never Mind the Pol-
lacks, which was released on Sept. 30.
Pollack, best known for "The Neal
Pollack Anthology of American Litera-
ture," has fully assumed the rock'n'roll
lifestyle for his current van-based
album-cum-book tour. His rock-parody
album accompanies and springs from
his third book and first novel, "Never
Mind the Pollacks," a faux-interview
collection chronicle of the life of a
famous rock critic, unsurprisingly
named, of course, Neal Pollack.
Pollack has taken his tour on the
road and will be stopping in Ann Arbor
night for an unusual combination of
public appearances: first, a Shaman
Drum book signing at 7 p.m., followed
by a 9:30 performance at the Blind Pig.
This latest rock-critic premise - still
characteristically mock-ego driven -
developedwhen Pollack began reading
books on rock criticism and found that
"there's a vast universe of cliches to
parody - very ,pretentious cliches, for;
that matter." For anyone familiar with
Pollack's earlier work, it's easy to see
how Pollack - the self-described "guy
who attempts to parody literary preten-
sion" - would think that this world of

rock snootiness "just seemed like a nat-
ural fit" for his own satiric brand of
humor writing.
Pollack, who in his spare time is
developing a "political-thriller about
baseball" and-has further back-burner
ideas for New York history and "angry
young man" books, sees making fun of
egos - the niche in literary society
that he has deftly filled - as a "poten-
tial life's work."
But Pollack's trappings of ego
could not be further from his real-life
m.o. He maintains a web-blog at
www.nealpollack.com and continues
to answer almost all of his e-mails.
When the "Anthology" came out, the
literary quarterly McSweeney's
assumed the financial burden of print-
ing the book but left the publicizing
entirely jup to Pollack, who used this
situation as an opportunity take his
book and himself on the road and
connect with the people.
There is a strong element to this
grass-roots approach that characterizes
the current tour - despite his Harper-
Collins backing. In words that could
have easily come from the mouth of
Michael Moore, Pollack declared "I'm
not going to let a corporate publisher
dictate how I run my career." He has
taken his burgeoning fame as an oppor-
tunity to encourage both aspiring writ-
ers and rockers and is committed to
developing a literary culture in which
more established artists help kick-start
younger artists' careers.
Now, Pollack is no longer connect-
ed to McSweeney's; he reasons that
he has had an "aesthetic split with
[Dave] Eggers," who has "moved in a
more gentile direction." The two
authors maintain what Pollack calls a
"friendly camaraderie" rather than an
artistic relationship. "I'm still inter-
ested in shaking things up," said Pol-
lack - but we'll be the judges of this
success when the "Invasion" invades
Ann Arbor this evening.

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SHORT TAKES

GOOD Boy
AT QUALITY 16 AND SHOWCASE
MGM
Did you ever wonder why your
dog walks around in circles before
lyi down? A gdn~ ubble,
theog from outer space, 1 s ine
fences" to ward off bad dreams.

Sure, that's just as believable as dogs
from outer space - the plot of the
movie "Good Boy."
After movies like "Milo and Otis"
and "Cats and Dogs," who still thinks
it's a good idea to make a movie star-
ring talkingdogs? Aparently John
loffnan does. Ie mates his directo-
rial debut with "Good Boy," which is

based on the book "Dogs From Outer
Space" by Zeke Anderson.
Owen (Liam Aiken, "Stepmom"),
the neighborhood dog walker, finally
gets a pooch of his own. His dog
Hubble (voiced by Matthew Broder-
ick), however, is no ordinary dog. He
has been sent down from the "Home-
star" (a.k.a. Planet Sirius) to check
up on all earth dogs.
Man's best friend, originally put on
earth Tohominate and colonize
humans has been slacking off. Hubble

and the neighborhood dogs, with the
help of Owen, must prepare to prove
that dogs are far superior to humans
- and why not? As Wilson the dog
points out, "You don't see us picking
up their poop."
One would think with actors on
board like Matthew Broderick,
Cheech Marin and Carl Reiner, the
film might be decent. Or with Owen's
parents played by Molly Shannon and
Kevin Nealon (two ek-"Saturday
Night Live" members), the film may
be funny.,But "Good Boy" is neither
decent nor funny. Full of overiused
sugary themes and 5th-grade humor,
the talking dogs don't cut it." As far as
intergalactic talking dogs go - their
shit isn't worth picking up. *
-Jennie Adler

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11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Entry Fee:
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Wed, 10/22
6:00 PM or 9:00 PM
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Play begins:
Thurs, 10/23
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11:00AM - 5:30PM
IM Building
Entry Fee:
$55.00 per team
Manager's Meeting:
MANDATORY
Wed, 10/22
7:15 PM
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