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I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (P.S.) (edição: 2006)

de Josh Kilmer-purcell

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I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly-a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives. Kilmer-Purcell is a terrifically gifted new literary voice who straddles the divide between absurdity and normalcy, and stitches them together with surprising humor and lonely poignancy. As Booklist raved, I Am Not Myself These Days is "as tart and funny as a Noël Coward play, for Kilmer-Purcell is especially good at dialogue, and, as in Coward's best plays, under the comedy lies the sad truth that even at our best, we are all weak, fallible fools. Again and again in this rich, adventure-filled book, Kilmer-Purcell illustrates the truth of Blake's proverb, 'The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.'"… (mais)
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Título:I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (P.S.)
Autores:Josh Kilmer-purcell
Informação:Harper Perennial (2006), Paperback, 336 pages
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I Am Not Myself These Days de Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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Well-written and depressing as hell. ( )
  chelseaknits | Dec 14, 2017 |
Josh is an art director at a large ad agency by day and Aquadisiac - Aqua for short - at night. Aqua is a 7' drag queen/beauty contestant whose most noticeable feature, besides her height in heels and wigs, are her clear plastic boobs with a goldfish swimming in each one.

Jack is a male escort for high paying clients. Working under the name Aiden, he is on call 23/7 and has a clientele of characters that are willing to pay for his services.

The two become a pair and this is Josh's memoir of their time together in New York. Both want to be a 'normal' couple but are pulled by their respective careers and addictions. Josh's is the spotlight and vodka. Jack's is the money and crack. Told in a more humourous perspective than depressive, there are many laughs to enjoy along the way.

Definitely an 'adult' read, none the less a good read. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jun 23, 2016 |
Definitely a glimpse into a New York that doesn't exist any more, I loved the voice, I wanted to reach into the pages and grab the narrator and stop him from taking another drink, from making another mistake. I am going to read all of his books now. ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
I know, I know: drag queens are supposed to be sooo funny and witty. And who could resist the adventures of a day time worker and a night time overachiever in drag who falls in lover with a twisted hooker? Well, I obviously can.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell just moved to New York and spends his nights in the clubs of New York being Miss Aqua and drinking far too much vodka, and he sobers up during his day time job in the advertorial industry while he bickers around with his fag hag Linda. During one of those drunken nights he meets Jack, who takes him home and meets him again the next day. But Jack isn’t a doctor with a pager, he’s a state-of-the-art male hooker who excels in SM. Josh moves in with Jack and they start of having a relationship.
While there are a lot of funny moments when drag queens, hookers and clients meet, the main issue of the book remains the too many vodka’s of Josh and Josh’s abuse of other substances like crack. So either one of them is always intoxicated. And instead of good dialogues there are a lot of monologues of Josh but hardly any insights concerning Jack. He remains to be the mysterious prostitute.
It’s a shame that this book happens to be mainly a narration of mishaps and embarrassing moments instead of the development of a relationship that probably will end unhappily. Kilmer has his moments and shows great insight in the human nature, whether this nature is hidden in drag of in jeans, but he fails the reader in convincing me that his characters are more than just stereotypes. So, no recommendations for this book. And it won’t get a special place in my bookshelf. ( )
  Kaysbooks | Nov 2, 2013 |
I'm trying to think of something I want to say that wasn't already said in Jennifer's review. ( )
  R0BIN | Apr 27, 2013 |
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I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly-a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives. Kilmer-Purcell is a terrifically gifted new literary voice who straddles the divide between absurdity and normalcy, and stitches them together with surprising humor and lonely poignancy. As Booklist raved, I Am Not Myself These Days is "as tart and funny as a Noël Coward play, for Kilmer-Purcell is especially good at dialogue, and, as in Coward's best plays, under the comedy lies the sad truth that even at our best, we are all weak, fallible fools. Again and again in this rich, adventure-filled book, Kilmer-Purcell illustrates the truth of Blake's proverb, 'The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.'"

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