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My Less Than Secret Life: A Diary, Fiction, Essaysby Jonathan Ames
Synopses & Reviews
Do you often wonder what the hell you're doing with your life? Do you feel separate from most people, like you don't belong anywhere? Do you black out when you drink alcohol? Do you worry that no one will ever love you because you're a bit freakish? Do you suffer private humiliations on the toilet? Do you feel like you'll never be able to take care of yourself financially?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book just may be for you. So get out your money, sweetheart or kind sir, buy My Less Than Secret Life, and help the author who wrote the thing — after all, he got a perfect score on the above quiz and could really use your assisstance.
Here's another question: Do you like the work of Joseph Mitchell, Charles Bukowski, and Penthouse Forum? Again, if you answered yes, this collection of sex-drenched essays and fiction is probably right up your alley or down your pants or up your skirt, depending on your gender or what you're wearing. Well, that's our sales pitch! Hope it works!
"[A]n entertaining salmagundi....[Ames is] like the dirtiest, smartest kid on the playground — you might cringe, but you can't help being transfixed." Publishers Weekly
"Ames is Alexander Portnoy come to life: lascivious, overwrought, and funny." Kirkus Reviews
"Ames has always been one of my favorite contemporary writers...for his...fearless commitment to the most demanding psychosexual comedies." Rick Moody, author of The Black Veil
"Ames writes edgy, punchy, sexy, funny, and extremely eloquent prose...for readers who love offbeat observations and unique, resonant impressions." Booklist
"Hilarious...compulsively readable exploits...alternately pervy and poignant...imbues the smutty with sentimentality." Entertainment Weekly
"Simultaneously self-effacing and full of himself, Ames has hit on a combo that, surprisingly, works." Dodie Bellamy, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"An amiable, if slightly twisted, shamble through life. It's infected me. I want to read everything he writes." Anna Keesy, The Oregonian
My Less Than Secret Life is the companion volume to Jonathan Ames's first memoirish endeavor, "the mildly perverted and wildly amusing" (Vanity Fair) What's Not to Love? This collection of the cult author's fiction and essays includes Ames's public diary, the bi-weekly columns he penned for the New York Press. The entries of this diary are a record of his mad adventures: his ill-fated debut as an amateur boxer fighting as "The Herring Wonder," a faltering liaison with a Cuban prostitute, his public outing of George Plimpton as a Jew, his discussion with Eve Ensler about his dear friend The Mangina, a renegade mission as a Jew into the heart of Waspy Maine, and other such harrowing escapades.
Whether trying to round up a partner for an orgy, politely assisting in an animal sacrifice, or scamming tickets to the WWF's Royal Rumble for his son, Jonathan Ames proves himself a ballsier Everyman whose transgressions and compassionate meditations will satisfy the voyeur and encourage the halfhearted. But be warned. As Jonathan says, "I don't like to be a bad influence. It's bad enough that I have influence over myself."
About the Author
Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, and Wake Up, Sir! and the essay collections What's Not to Love? and I Love You More Than You Know. He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press.
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