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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints


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Orlandito "Dito" Montiel, son of Orlando, a Nicaraguan immigrant, and an Irish mother, grew wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times Square whore houses—"Kids from nowhere going nowhere." This is the quintessentially American story of a young man's hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and of the loyalties that bind him to a violent past and to the flawed and desperate saints that have guided him: Dito's father, Antonio "our insane warrior hero," Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Ginsberg and all the others, the drunks, coke-heads, junkies, the insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, "Now Dito remember, in life you gotta be crazy."


This quintessentially American story of a young man's hunger for experience is a streetwise "Meetings with Remarkable Men" with echoes of Whitman and Kerouac. Includes photos by Bruce Weber and Allen Ginsburg.

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Dito Montiel, his work, and his band Gutterboy have been featured in cover stories in such magazines as In Fashion and Details. His articles, interviews, poetry, etc. have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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i8pixistix, March 1, 2007 (view all comments by i8pixistix)
It might seem cliche, the growing up in NYC story, but knowing of some of the people (one of them is the older brother of a very good friend) makes these stories seem so much crazier. It's great book about a little stitch in time in Astoria Queens. It reads like an exhilarating ride with switchbacks, wide curves, and the undulations of the road.
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Montiel, Dito
Thunder's Mouth Press
Ginsberg, Allen
Weber, Bruce
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Personal Memoirs
Authors, American
New york (n.y.)
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8.25 x 5.5 in 6 oz

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