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Dandy in the Underworld: An Unauthorized Autobiography (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 11, 2008
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In a chapter which is the apology for the dandy's life ("Mein Camp"), Horsley lists gloves, shirts ("I devoted myself to their design"), hats, and suits of all colors, and let's just give you the ones that were pink: "Soft pink, hard pink, petal pink, shell pink, shocking pink, even more shocking pink, flaming pink, salmon pink, prawn-cocktail pink, spam pink.Read more ›
He has the all the style and wit of Wilde, and the soul of a true anarchist. Horsley was an artist, and one can quite honestly say after reading his biography, his greatest work was his own life.
It is a fast highly amusing read. Totally recommend it.
On page 258, he finally confesses to ten years of keeping "journals full of quips, gags, aphorisms, and epigrams," most of which he is quoting in this book, usually without any credit or context. Worse, he will create a paragraph that seems to be there merely to support one of these epigrams. (Which came first?--the epigram or the experience?) After a while, one gets the temptation to try to create one's own. "I would rather write a bad book than read a good one." "It's easier to steal someone else's perfect epigram than it is to create your own." "Which is worse--to invert someone else's bon mot or to invert your entire life?" "It's easier to write prose like this on drugs than it is to read it when not on drugs."
Why should we care about another rich kid who squanders his inheritance on drugs? Just because you idolized the Sex Pistols doesn't mean we have to read page after page about your drug-addled attempts to imitate them. As someone who never inherited money, I have zero sympathy for a rich kid who delights in wasting Daddy's money on crack and heroin and whores.Read more ›
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Nothing really outrageous or shocking. I wonder if most of this comes from the authors imagination, rather than an actual account of his life, to date. Read morePublished on October 13, 2008 by Mark A. Gray
Actually, he is a very good writer and I was quite taken by the book....however, that he goes on and on about how important Baudelaire, Byron, Bacon, Burroughs are in his... Read morePublished on August 12, 2008 by Kenneth Mcgough