Party Monster

Party Monster

A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland

Book - 2003 | First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
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When Party Monster was first published, it created a storm of controversy for its startlingly vivid, strikingly fresh, and outrageous depiction of the hedonistic world of the 90s New York City club kids, for whom nothing was too outr#65533;--including murder. Nominated for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year, it also marked the debut of an audaciously talented writer, James St. James, who himself had been a club kid and close friend and confidant of Michael Alig, the young man convicted of killing the drug dealer known as Angel. This is the inside story of life in clubs like The Tunnel and The Limelight and hanging with leading lights like Keith Haring and RuPaul and the drugs, sex, music, and mayhem that existed during the heyday of New York City club culture.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780743259828
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 STJ
Characteristics: 286 pages ;,21 cm


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Feb 19, 2016

I was familiar with the Michael Alig documentary (available through SPL's streaming services & also recommended), but had never read the book before, & for all the morgue humor & side-splitting, sardonic camp it really is a great read. The Jean Genet comparison is right on the money in places in terms of the author's voice, which I thought was pretty refreshing & cool. I'm haunted by what might have been for my own life, arriving fresh-faced in New York City a couple years after the Club Kid dust had settled but still surrounded by drugs & youthful abandon, & driven to somehow taste it all & be liberated & be myself & belong...I'm so thankful to the forces that guarded my heart at that time, & never let me take things too far, so that today I can speak intelligently of a more disciplined & strategic hedonism, a framework for experiencing pleasure & visionary states that doesn't require a person to also burn up in the atmosphere on the way back down. I've heard it described before as the difference between license & real freedom, & it's the higher vision that was missing for these unfortunate young people who were caught up in a powerful & otherwise very healthy urge to explore creativity & sensuality to its fullest. I also feel from ample personal experience that the demon possession metaphor for certain drug-induced states is not necessarily just a metaphor. There but for grace, in all the big & little ways. CR

mamiuno Nov 20, 2012

fukin luv diz book n i luv da movie 2..........

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