“What is especially clear throughout Do Something Do Something Do Something is that Joseph Riippi is a student of the human heart and a keen observer of emotional complexity. Do Something Do Something Do Something is, with any luck, a precursor to a body of work that will shine new light on the darkest recesses of the human heart for years to come.”
- Marc Schuster, Small Press Reviews
From Jason Cook, publisher, Ampersand Books: In this fragmented, nontraditional narrative, debut author Joseph Riippi explores the aftermath of stories, rather than simply telling them: A music critic chants Susan Sontag quotes in a mental institution; a young girl looks to her starfish tattoo for regrowth; a disenchanted playwright flees divorce and human shrapnel. DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING! is the story of uncertainty in a new America, of three young people looking for peace and definitiveness in an increasingly shaky and volatile homeland.
Praise for Do Something! Do Something! Do Something!
“I couldn’t stop reading Joseph Riippi’s oddly- named novel…The features that carry the book are the vignettes Riippi embeds into [his characters’] stories…they are wowing.”
“…the gritty feel of cyber punk…real talent on the page”
“…moments of profound tenderness and emotional truth.”