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PA-006: JARETT KOBEK | If You Won't Read, Then Why Should I Write?


Squarebound book, 54pp, 8.2x6 inches
Edition of 1000
ISBN: 9780985508500
Published: September 11, 2012
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ďItís been my experience, and Iím not saying Iím smart, but Iím not stupid. Like I know Thomas Jefferson 
wrote the Declaration of Independence. He didnít write the Constitution, that was a whole bunch of guys. 
Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin. A whole bunch of cats, they were called the 
Founding Fathers. How bout that? And they wrote it where? Philadelphia. See, good for me... Know what 
I paid attention to in school? Whose tits were getting bigger.Ē 

                                                              - Tom Sizemore Delivers A Soliloquy While In Bed With A Prostitute


In 1997, the world obtained a grainy video revealing lurid excerpts from honeymooners Pamela Anderson 
and Tommy Lee's post-wedding celebration aboard a small yacht. Laying bare the mysteries of their intimate 
lives, this video became the first spark in a long and culturally supported trend: the leaked celebrity home 
movie.

Aligning criminal histories with transcribed extracts from such broadcasts, If You Won't Read Then Why 
Should I Write? documents the bathetic moments beyond a publicist's protective shield, while offering a 
sobering appraisal of American social justice. 

Kimmy K at Burger King. The petit shamanism of Miley smoking salvia divinorum. Vince bouncing on a bed. 
Literature... at its darkest.



JARETT KOBEK is a writer living in California. His last book - ATTA (published by Semiotext(e)) - a 
psychedelic biography of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta, was called ďhighly absorbingĒ by the Times Literary 
Supplement and longlisted for Novel of the Year by 3:AM Magazine. He is currently at work on a novel about 
the Dissolution of the Welsh Monasteries under Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.






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