Broken Summers Topics for Discussion

Henry Rollins
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Rollins says that he is at war. What is he at war with? How does he conduct his war? What outcome does he expect? How does the thing Henry Rollins is at war with fight back?

What is the difference between good discomfort, which makes Henry Rollins feel alive, and bad discomfort, which makes him unhappy? What are the qualities that make discomfort an appealing virtue, and how does Henry Rollins develop a theory of existence around the appeal of discomfort?

Is Broken Summers an American book? What makes it American, and what makes it anti-American? How does your definition of America differ from his?

How do you resolve the contradiction between the sometimes-violent music and rants and resistance to American culture, on one hand, and Henry Rollins' appreciation of Bill Clinton's speech, which seemed to put progress within reach? Are these two separate...

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