Never Mind Nirvana: A Novel

Never Mind Nirvana: A Novel

Mark Lindquist / Feb 26, 2020

Never Mind Nirvana A Novel Hip deep in music Never Mind Nirvana is a telling inside view that perfectly captures the rhythms and sights of late nineties Seattle Peter Buck guitarist of R E M Pete Tyler is at a crossroads Eigh

  • Title: Never Mind Nirvana: A Novel
  • Author: Mark Lindquist
  • ISBN: 9780375757556
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hip deep in music, Never Mind Nirvana is a telling inside view that perfectly captures the rhythms and sights of late nineties Seattle Peter Buck, guitarist of R.E.M.Pete Tyler is at a crossroads Eight years ago he dropped out of a seminal Seattle grunge band to try his hand at a grown up calling Now he s thirty six almost forty , a deputy prosecutor a suit Hip deep in music, Never Mind Nirvana is a telling inside view that perfectly captures the rhythms and sights of late nineties Seattle Peter Buck, guitarist of R.E.M.Pete Tyler is at a crossroads Eight years ago he dropped out of a seminal Seattle grunge band to try his hand at a grown up calling Now he s thirty six almost forty , a deputy prosecutor a suit , still hanging out at the same clubs he played ten years ago the ones that haven t shut down , and still dating the same kind of girls except now they tell him how much their older sisters loved his band.Pete decides it s time to get married he just doesn t know to whom Possibilities include Beth, his first love, who has disappeared Winter, his on and off stripper girl friend, who has been living the grunge life too long and Esme , a Sub Pop AR executive who has some life decisions of her own to make When a date rape case lands on his desk the accused is a local rocker Pete s age, the accuser an eighteen year old from the scene Pete finds his past and present facing him from both sides of the aisle, and he finally has to decide where he stands.Pete Tyler is a cooler version of Everyguy, and Never Mind Nirvana is a hilarious and unexpectedly moving story of a man with one foot stuck in adolescence and the other planted in adulthood Richly textured with references to classic rock and the music of Seattle s legendary alternative rock scene, it is also a fascinating, bittersweet riff on a particularly American zeitgeist.

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      • Mark Lindquist

        Almost 25 years after publication, Carnival Desires is available on Kindle.Details magazine called it, Great postmodern literature Romantic and cynical, true and original, full of modern ideas and seductive moments as of its time as such classics as Day of the Locust and The Last Tycoon Vanity Fair called it, A witty minimalist epic with the smart, spare prose only an outsider on the Hollywood inside can afford The original jacket copy read, By a writer whose first novel Newsday hailed as perceptive and often hilarious, Carnival Desires follows a group of friends in their twenties through the trapdoors and funhouse mirrors of Hollywood in the 1980s This collective rite of passage speaks to anyone who s ever wondered if mystery is just a romantic word for confusion Carnival Desires, the chronicle of their search and subsequent discoveries in the land where dreams are manufactured, is a moving and observant tour de force Colored by the movies, music, and styles of the era, what was once contemporary fiction is now a period piece.


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    1. in the aftermath of 90's grunge and an obvious hail to the 80's lit brat pack, NEVER MIND NIRVANA is a good and informed insight on Seattle, like a tourist guide or something disguised as a romance. The plot is unpredictable enough to make us stay on the wagon till the end, although it never goes off boundaries that much as you would expect from an author praised by Brett Easton Ellis and Tama Janowitz. Nevertheless, inbetween the clichés, Mark Lindquist seizes the zeitgeist of 90's Seattle gru [...]


    2. Interesting for the Seattle locale and the post-grunge music scene, this is the story of thirty-something Pete Tyler, a lawyer/former rock musician who hasn't grown up yet. He wants an adult life but has no idea how to get there. He is involved in the Seattle club scene by night and works on a rape case involving a local musician by day.This character lacks depth. We would like to see him mature and find true love, but the author does not allow him to achieve any really change, which would have [...]


    3. I haven't disliked a book this much in a really long time. It's like listening to a drunk guy at a bar who just hit on your girlfriend then try to explain to you why he's cool because he used to go to Mudhoney shows before they were popular.I have more to say about it but it's all mean-spirited so I'll leave it at that.


    4. Lindquist's protagonist has traded in his grunge-era indie cred for a paycheck (a district attorney, if I recall correctly) and now has to prosecute a former hero in a rape case. Along the way characters are reduced to "Pearl Jam or Nirvana" and by the end we learn that the thing about Kurt Cobain is that he's dead. That's a metaphor.


    5. Had no idea that everyone in Seattle in 1999 was going the same places, doing a lot of the same things I was doing. Kind of weird to read about it now. That part was fun to read but the story was lacking.


    6. Tolerable post-Brat Pack stuff, with whining kept to a minimum and a not-dead yet mother (although her dog is not so fortunate). The incessant band name dropping is annoying, making the rocker-turned lawyer sound more like an aging "modern rock" fanboy than a defrocked cutting edge musician. (You can only be so cool if Plan B is law school). But he does deserve props for correctly pegging The Ventures as Tacoma's finest.



    7. Lindquist myesteriously gets lumped in with the Literary Brat Pack. I tend to engulf novels written about Generation X. I chanced across this one expecting big things. For me, it was a good read but an overall miss. The novel has all the trappings of Generation X in its heyday. It takes place in Seattle, it is emersed in Grunge Rock. Lindquist comes naturally to this as he lived this life. There really isn't much here for lovers of Generation X other than the window dressing. Never Mind Nirvana [...]


    8. If you were in Seattle in the 90s in your 20s or 30s, you'll probably nod a lot while reading this book because it's more obsessed with name dropping and cataloging every 90s Seattle musician and landmark (and going over the main character's various conquests) than coming up with a particularly interesting main character or narrative. Did anyone every ask another person "Nirvana or Pearl Jam?," particularly in the later part of the 90s? Yikes.


    9. Loved that this entire novel is seeped in '90s Seattle culture. It's looking back from the very, very distant future (like, 5 years removed) but it captures the time and place in an evocative and well-done way.The main character, however, never really breaks out of his mold and is really no different than he was at the beginning of the book at the end. Stagnant character, no change, no growth. Gah.Plus, for a former rock star, he's pretty lame.


    10. Surprisingly striking and well-written. Lindquist does a very good job of describing that unique atmosphere of Seattle and its night life.First I thought that was all I can say but the end turned out to be a bit more.Short chapters, good portraits, lot's of alternative rock music.


    11. I liked the part where he wrote about post grunge era Seattle, and how he reminisced on his days as a grunge musician, but the story was really lacking in other areas. I guess it's just because I'm a woman, but all the sex he wrote about was a real turn off (yeah, you read that last line right!!)


    12. A former rock musician becomes a lawyer, but still ends up living the same kind of lifestyle and questions himself when he has to prosecute a former cronie for rape. Pretty good, but still unforgivable for the title/cover.


    13. Highly reminiscent of High Fidelity, with its coming to maturity story of a 36 year-old attorney who realizes his life has been empty. The musical asides are a highlight, as is the parallel story structure that is used with the case being tried.




    14. Reads like a raunchy version of High Fidelity set in Seattle a good way. I really like the author's writing style, and I'll be on the lookout for more of his books in the future.



    15. the nineties Seattle music scene comes alive in this great read. You don't always get the girl but you'll always have the city.



    16. If you're from Seattle and are homesick. . . read this book as it's a litany of local bars, restuarants, bands, and sites. If not. . . I wouldn't bother.




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