Margot Mifflin
April 30, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Notes From Underground

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Eric Bogosian
publisher
Hyperion
genre
Fiction

We gave it a D

Few would deny actor-writer Eric Bogosian is an artist of formidable talent, but most will agree Notes from Underground is an embarrassment. It includes a stunningly puerile diary of a lunatic (Notes) and a play (Scenes from the New World) filled with characters who are cliches of Bogosian’s repertoire: street trash, shallow yuppies, and a ruthless entertainment-industry executive. Politically disengaged and lacking entirely in Bogosian’s acid wit, Notes suffers most from the author’s misperception that aping inanity is the same as parodying it. D

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