My Less Than Secret Life: A Diary, Fiction, Essaysby Jonathan Ames
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
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." "...Ames has always been one of my favorite contemporary writers ... for his ... fearless commitment to the most demanding psychosexual comedies."Rick Moody
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This book is funny as hell. Non stop laughs. I finished this book while traveling in Eastern Europe over the winter. Well worth the money I spent for it. Jonathan Ames is a great story teller, from his love of whores to his great adventures in New York and abroad. This is a great read for sure and one of the best books that I have read in a long time.
This book is amazing!! No novel has ever made me laugh out loud except this one. You wont believe the things that this man says. He is a true comice genius!!!
Jonathan Ames is a fantastic writer. The way he jots down his ideas in this novel is perfect. He has a great sense of humor in every situation he encounters. The book is about him as a writer and his many escapades through life. Most of the book revolves around reoccurring sexual themes. There are a lot of talks about transexuals, masturbation, prostitutes and pornography. So if reading about those subjects is not your cup of tea, do not read this book. Although all the sexual themes are written in great humor, they occur quite often. The book had some great stories, and i was interested in the writer's life and how he perceived things. It did not have a continuous plot, and was somewhat jumpy, so I would LOVE a certain part of the book and then the next chapter I wouldn't be too fond of. However, overall it was amusing and fun to read.
Often beset by existential and sexual angst, Jonathan Ames personifies a postmodernist and Beat version of what the German sociologist Georg Simmel termed ¿the stranger,¿ a marginal urban man who by his alienation from the mainstream social and moral orders can have an unusual perspective and objectivity on the absurdities of life. Ames¿ conundrums draw him both to introverted self-absorption and outward to a variety of extroverted escapades which often seem to be based in a longing for some kind of meaning but which tend to end at their starting points of emptiness and absurdity. He tells his stories with great humor while sometimes stumbling upon profound sociological and psychological insights which are expressed with artful simplicity. That a writer of Ames¿ talent and wit has not by now gained greater notoriety reflects poorly on a society which puts premiums on complacency but in which nonconformity and humorous introspection are in relatively short supply and little demand.