Lost Lustre: A New York Memoir

Lost Lustre: A New York Memoir

by Joshua Karlen
     
 

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A chronicle of the author's personal sojourn growing up in the blight of Alphabet City (Manhattan's Lower East Side)in the 70s and 80s. The memoir also casts light on the energy of New York's punk rock era through the story of the brief rise and demise of a promising punk band, The Lustres, whose members were friends of the author's, and the tragic death of the ban's… See more details below

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A chronicle of the author's personal sojourn growing up in the blight of Alphabet City (Manhattan's Lower East Side)in the 70s and 80s. The memoir also casts light on the energy of New York's punk rock era through the story of the brief rise and demise of a promising punk band, The Lustres, whose members were friends of the author's, and the tragic death of the ban's charismatic leader.

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Publishers Weekly
In his first book, Karlen, a former journalist now working in broadcast media, recounts tales of his youth growing up during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s in New York City’s Lower East Side and Greenwich Village. His memories are a window into a darker, grittier version of the city and are especially intriguing when he juxtaposes them with the current descriptions of Manhattan. While the memoir follows a chronological pattern, the chapters are only loosely tied together, giving the book the feel of a collection of essays rather than a straight life story. Some sections, like the author’s memories of living in the rough neighborhood known as Alphabet City, are vibrant, while others, such as Karlen’s descriptions of his attempts to get in touch with his first love, are painfully sentimental. The most dynamic writing centers on the story of Tim Jordan, the author’s best friend, whose bright musical career leading the band Lustre was snuffed out by alcoholism. It is here that Karlen finds the true narrative thread. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981932118
Publisher:
Tatra Press
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
440,905
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Josh Karlen, a former journalist, grew up on the Lower East Side and in the Village. He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan. He currently works in media relations.

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