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“Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and sexy; she turns a good phrase and shows some leg. Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals is one hell of a great book! By the way, when Chandler and Nin left her at the orphanage, she was adopted by Charles Bukowski and Dick Francis.” —Jonathan Ames, author of What’s Not to L “Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and sexy; she turns a good phrase and shows some leg. Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals is one hell of a great book! By the way, when Chandler and Nin left her at the orphanage, she was adopted by Charles Bukowski and Dick Francis.” —Jonathan Ames, author of What’s Not to Love? Charting Life at Its Most Bizarre . . . is an obsession for Maggie Estep, and in Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals this obsession reaches a fever pitch that is as readable and as entertaining as it is strange. Here is your chance to experience the world according to one of our most original and honest voices. Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals showcases some of the best of what Maggie Estep has to offer. Here, gathered together for the first time, are Maggie’s infamous spoken word pieces—including “Sex Goddess of the Western Hemisphere,” “Hey Baby,” and “I’m an Emotional Idiot,”—that landed her on MTV and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. This varied collection also brings together a myriad of writing styles, such as diary-style magazine columns, articles highlighting Estep’s friends and heroes—from punk godfather Iggy Pop to Permanent Midnight author Jerry Stahl—and short stories that feature Maggie’s own brand of original fiction. From her many smoking relapses, to her obsession with horses and horse racing, to her manic love life, to her motley assortment of friends, to her battles with an onslaught of killer attack “biker” fleas, to an epistolary short story that is a collaboration with Rick Moody, Maggie Estep offers a humorous if twisted view of reality in Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals.


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“Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and sexy; she turns a good phrase and shows some leg. Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals is one hell of a great book! By the way, when Chandler and Nin left her at the orphanage, she was adopted by Charles Bukowski and Dick Francis.” —Jonathan Ames, author of What’s Not to L “Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and sexy; she turns a good phrase and shows some leg. Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals is one hell of a great book! By the way, when Chandler and Nin left her at the orphanage, she was adopted by Charles Bukowski and Dick Francis.” —Jonathan Ames, author of What’s Not to Love? Charting Life at Its Most Bizarre . . . is an obsession for Maggie Estep, and in Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals this obsession reaches a fever pitch that is as readable and as entertaining as it is strange. Here is your chance to experience the world according to one of our most original and honest voices. Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals showcases some of the best of what Maggie Estep has to offer. Here, gathered together for the first time, are Maggie’s infamous spoken word pieces—including “Sex Goddess of the Western Hemisphere,” “Hey Baby,” and “I’m an Emotional Idiot,”—that landed her on MTV and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. This varied collection also brings together a myriad of writing styles, such as diary-style magazine columns, articles highlighting Estep’s friends and heroes—from punk godfather Iggy Pop to Permanent Midnight author Jerry Stahl—and short stories that feature Maggie’s own brand of original fiction. From her many smoking relapses, to her obsession with horses and horse racing, to her manic love life, to her motley assortment of friends, to her battles with an onslaught of killer attack “biker” fleas, to an epistolary short story that is a collaboration with Rick Moody, Maggie Estep offers a humorous if twisted view of reality in Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals.

30 review for Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals: Confessions, Highly Subjective Journalism, Old Rants and New Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gronk

    Collection of previously published journal articles, poetry slams, and other items not previously published. I enjoyed many of these tremendously. Some I didn't like. And others simply puzzled me. Estep had such a different life from mine and was fascinated by things I'd find horrifying. But I wish I could have known her. I like her voice. Collection of previously published journal articles, poetry slams, and other items not previously published. I enjoyed many of these tremendously. Some I didn't like. And others simply puzzled me. Estep had such a different life from mine and was fascinated by things I'd find horrifying. But I wish I could have known her. I like her voice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    A grab bag, but one that was consistently entertaining. Even the (very) bizarre short stories. The slam poetry doesn’t exactly translate to the page...but then again, it seems Estep had all but abandoned poetry by the time of this collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Francelle

    On Maggie Estep: this girl cray, and I love her.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dan Regan

    Maggie Estep was a very talented author. I did enjoy one or two of her short stories in the last chapters of this book but overall I didn't really have an interest in what she writes about. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes poetry and gossip columns. Maggie Estep was a very talented author. I did enjoy one or two of her short stories in the last chapters of this book but overall I didn't really have an interest in what she writes about. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes poetry and gossip columns.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eric McClanahan

    The late Maggie Estep is a true heroine. Her candid, bare confessions are cathartic and familiar; equally comfortable with her love of horses as she is uncomfortable meeting a beat literature icon, she keeps her eyes open for all of us to take in her world. News of her passing saddened me deeply, knowing we would never hear her fresh, original voice again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ami Williamson

    Ab-Fab! Love this!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This is the book that turned me on to Maggie Estep. It has a little bit of everything, but is really well done. I can't wait to read more! This is the book that turned me on to Maggie Estep. It has a little bit of everything, but is really well done. I can't wait to read more!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Like pages ripped from my diary - if I kept a diary.. except for the horse related confessions. Horses give me the wiggins.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Horrigan

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    Absolutely brilliant, loved it.

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    N

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    Nicholas

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    Rowan

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    Cassidy

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    Callie

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    Michelle

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lily

  18. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I might have loved this book in my twenties.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Beaird

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amber Drea

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    Danyell

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dale Nolan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Josette Maderna

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    Carlie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thumbelilah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine Geelan

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