Night Class: A Downtown Memoir investigates the glamour of New York nightlife. In interviews and outings with clubland revelers and influencers, including Party Monster and convicted killer Michael Alig, Night Class exposes downtown’s perilous trappings of drugs, ambition, and power. From closeted, undocumented Mexican boy to Ivy League graduate to nightlife writer, Corona shares in Night Class the thrill and tragedy of downtown and how dramatically identities can change.
|Publisher:||Soft Skull Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Stef Infection 13
Chapter 2 Up There 61
Chapter 3 The Death of the Party 110
Chapter 4 The Kids Are All Right 154
Chapter 5 Midnight Matriarchies 201
Chapter 6 Boxed In 241
Epilogue: A Professor of the Night 275
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author, Dr. Victor Corona did his research extensively for this book. However, he was also featured in interviews in "Glory Daze" ,Page six, etc. First he praises Alig in interviews then in this book he has a photo of Alig allegedly threatening the author with a knife. Really? This book is a tell all gossip book of NYC nightlife figures.In the interviews, one gets the sense the author is riding on the coattails of these nightlife figures so he can be in the "limelight" and be a modern day" Michael Musto"-no puns intended. Nevertheless when someone interviews and builds relationships with the interviewee , then turns around and stabs them in the back, it betrays confidentiality and a form of blackmail. It is an unprofessional code of conduct in journalism and in education.
essential reading for anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on in after-dark new york city. very well written, with lots of humor, interviews, and insights into the world of nightlife, the pursuit of fame, and how people come to nyc to re-invent themselves.
Night Class is a must read for those with an interest in sociology, New York Nightlife, or any of the books central figures including Lady Gaga, RuPaul, Michael Alig, and Andy Warhol. It includes wholly original interviews that provide context and perspective for the lives of some of New York’s most iconic personalities. Friends and foes go on record (some for the first time) to talk about their experiences with fame, delusion, and celebrity. The tea is so hot, it’s scalding. All this combined with the author’s unique experiences growing up, getting involved in politics, and discovering his sexuality paint a picture of the author as a fun, inquisitive, and sometimes mysterious downtown personality. No one is safe from the watchful eye of the Professor of the Night. Night Class is an interesting read and a compelling journey from start to finish.