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“Edmund White is no one-trick pony. The prolific novelist, critic, memoirist, gay activist, professor and social aspirant has waded into countless literary and intellectual pools and sent visible ripples through each. White's latest book, a ruminative and rambling memoir of his time in New York City in the 1970s, takes readers on a dime tour through the writer's initiation into circles that spun with such blinding talents as Susan Sontag, Richard Howard, John Ashbery, Michel Foucault, even Vladimir Nabokov and Anthony Burgess… City Boy presents an exhilarating sketch of the grizzled, untamed and dangerous way of life that was New York in the 1960s and '70s… His New York was …a place where high and low collided in an irreproducible frisson of ecstatic creativity… White's reflections on what it meant to be an out ‘gay’ writer at a time when there was no such thing are valuable and illuminating… We're lucky for [his] pioneering work… White's latest reflection offers a valuable glimpse into the mind of an indispensable writer and critic.” —Buffalo News
“A colorfully detailed remembrance…with his novelist’s brilliance in turns of phrase in evoking these places, [White] also recalls the many celebrated writers he encountered over the years in his slow climb to writerly success. A special invitation to a world gone by.” —Booklist
“Novelist and critic White weaves erotic encounters and long-ago literati into a vast tapestry of Manhattan memories… How he overcame setbacks and confronted his insecurities to eventually write 23 books makes for fascinating reading…White writes with a simple, fluid style, and beneath his patina of pain, a refreshing honesty emerges. This is a brilliant recreation of an era, rich in revels, revolutions and ‘leather boys leading the human tidal wave.’” —Publishers Weekly
With fluid prose, White also invites the reader into the literary and art world of those decades.
Only knowing something about a few of the people, and finding that many of them not being ones that I would want to know, this book is less captivating.
An excessive amount of name dropping turned me off from the very beginning, and the rest of the book did little to change my impressions.
I like this book because I am an old-time Edmund White fan from my youth. Edmund White was a published, out gay writer long, long before it was cool to be one. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Drake-by-the-Lake
Too much sex and passion in the long ago New York. Finally not that interesting.Published 2 months ago by kenneth
I just finished this book. I found it interesting, but, yes, shocking. He is quite clear about how promiscuous (spelling) he was in the 1970s. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth S. Case
I've read - and enjoyed - a handful of Edmund White's novels, not to mention a number of his essays and reviews. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matthew Phillips
by a dull, over-hyped writer. White's reputation is owed solely to the fact that he was in the right place at the right time (the proliferation of gay fiction) and was the perfect... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jar137
I love White's style. He makes feel right after a few pages into his books one of the characters. I can't wait to read another book by himPublished 4 months ago by paolo pucci
Some of the perspectives of what it was like to be gay in the 1970s were interesting, particularly the selfloathing by gay people themselves. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This well written and interesting memoir focuses on the author's coming of age as a gay man. It's not about teen-to-adulthood (I believe White has another book about that period)... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deb Oestreicher
This is an easygoing chronicle of New York gay life in the '70's, but is perhaps out dated....It harks back to a time when being gay was a self defining 'big deal" which it no... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paul Ehrmann