Night Class: A Downtown Memoir

Night Class: A Downtown Memoir

by Victor Corona


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The playground of the rich and the beautiful, downtown New York’s nightlife spectacles and power of self-invention incubated pop icons from Andy Warhol to Lady Gaga. NYU sociologist Victor P. Corona sought a new education, where night classes held in galleries, nightclubs, bars, apartments, stoops, and all-night diners taught him about love, loss, and the living possibilities of identity. Transforming himself from dowdy professor to glitzy clubgoer, Victor immerses himself among downtown’s dazzling tribes of artists and performers hungry for fame.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619029392
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Victor P. Corona, Ph.D., is a sociologist at New York University. He has been mentioned in The New York Times, New York Post, The Times (London), Glamour, Town & Country, BlackBook, Daily Beast, and The Washington Post. Born in Mexico City, Victor grew up in the New York suburb of White Plains. He now lives in Harlem.

Table of Contents

Pregame 3

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

Acknowledgments 301

Sources 305

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Night Class: A Downtown Memoir 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MsDebraNYC More than 1 year ago
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.