The Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin by Chris Robinson

By Chris Robinson

"Ballad of a skinny guy" explores the existence, paintings and instances of Ryan Larkin, an excellent Academy Award-nominated animator, whose brief movie "Walking," made in 1969, is taken into account the most influential lively movies of all time. but, quickly after this early triumph, Larkin dropped from view and, whilst the writer unearths him thirty years later, he?s dwelling on welfare and panhandling for switch on a Montreal road nook. during this hugely own and deeply felt narrative, Chris Robinson examines Larkin's occupation and, in one of those twin biography, appears at his personal relatives background, his alcoholism and look for redemption, which in lots of methods mirrors the tale of the animator. immediately unhappy, hopeful, and now and then excruciatingly humorous, "Ballad of a skinny guy" is an incisive profile of an influential artist and a deeply felt meditation on what it capability to take accountability for one?s existence and activities. The e-book incorporates a bonus DVD that includes "Walking" and Larkin's 1972 "Street Musique," in addition to Chris Landreth's Oscar-winning movie concerning the animator, "Ryan" (2004).

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I can’t remember it very clearly, but I decided to stay in the hotel one more night. It turned into one of the weird nights of that time, a night when I think I wanted to die… or maybe it wasn’t so dramatic. Maybe I just wanted to let go and become Ryan. It started like most nights. I hopped on the bed, turned on the TV, and started tossing back beers. I lost myself in the TV glow and let the booze buzz flush through my body. Only, there wasn’t a buzz. After about five or six beers, I felt sober.

I got up, packed my things, switched the TV off, and got the hell out of Dodge.

It always seemed like a secret, forbidden world. Why else would these things be hidden? Finally, I fell into the mattress and tried to sleep. Sleep didn’t come. My head was buzzing with activity. My eyes wouldn’t shut. My frustration grew until I lost my temper and started thrashing my 61 BALLAD OF A THIN MAN arms and legs against the bed. The bed didn’t care. Finally, I flicked the TV. After a half hour, I was still glued to the glow. Fuck it. I got up, opened the hotel mini-bar and started downing the overpriced beers.

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