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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MICHAEL MUSTO writes the popular entertainment column "La Dolce Musto" in the Village Voice and the breathlessly opinionated blog La Daily Musto on villagevoice.com. He's a regular commentator all over TV, talking about pop cultural developments with sardonic glee. The New York Times calls him “the city’s most punny, raunchy, and self referential gossip columnist." Said Publishers Weekly, his last book was "full of adulation, cattiness, and sexual innuendo...Musto’s witty ridicule is pithy.” This is Musto's fourth book.


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This is one of the funniest books I have ever read.
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If you can't get to the Big Apple, pick up "Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back," grab a bagel with a schmear and enjoy the schmooze.
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Much too dated in my opinion to be of any real interest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Helton on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
FORK ON THE LEFT, KNIFE IN THE BACK is Michael Musto's fourth book, a collection of his popular columns from New York-based THE VILLAGE VOICE. Musto's writing is witty and engaging and there are some real gems in here, especially the interviews and profiles with fringe celebrities like Sandra Bernhard, Crispin Glover, Kiki & Herb, Michael Lucas, Douglas Carter Beane, Sarah Silverman, Paris Hilton and others of such ilk. He covers NYC nightlife from the late 80s (most impressively in a 1987 essay on the death of the downtown scene) to the infamous Michael Alig years. Some of the pieces seem a bit dated, with references to Ellen's coming out, Lindsay Lohan and the let's-all-pile-on GIGLI. The book covers three decades and is not in order by date, but in a mishmash of chapters (i.e. "Weirdo's Are My Heroes") that playfully decodes the essays there within. When I went of to college in 1988 I subscribed to THE VILLAGE VOICE and read it religiously in the cafeteria - I'm sure I was the only person at Jacksonville State U who did this. Musto's column took me to place I couldn't imagine, which is why THE VILLAGE VOICE, along with the films of Woody Allen, are my Disney - to me they represented people and places that to me were a fantasy, a confederacy of names and streets that I would never get to see. When I make my bi-annual trips to the city now I see places represented by that time but the attitude is gone - the SLAVES OF NEW YORK, SPY magazine-era is long since over, leaving only Donald Trump, RuPaul and, well, Michael Musto standing in the post-Tawana Brawley landscape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ERZEN KRIVCA on November 2, 2011
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This book is soooo funny I could not put it down. I've actually read it like three times. I've grown up reading Mr. Musto's column in the Village Voice and the man like fine wine gets better with age. I would recommend this book to anybody that likes popular culture but more importantly likes to laugh! I hope he writes more books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pepetia on October 28, 2011
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This book reads like a great insider's guide to everything you did or didn't know you wanted to know about NYC and pop culture. I was laughing so hard I had to put the book down numerous times and collect myself. A good happy pill to have around to lift your spirits on those real or emotional rainy days. Might be the best gift to give over those challenging holidays: Guaranteed chuckles for even the grumpiest. LOVED IT!
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First, the title. I liked it, but then I LOVED it when I saw the whole thing (the Fire Island motto as told by Frank Corradino) in the Acknowledgments section, "fork on the left, knife in the back, spoon in the nose, dish, dish, dish."

As for the book itself, It appears to be an accumulation of Musto's columns from the "Village Voice" (and does he not write for them anymore? He was an institution.) so some of it is quite dated and other parts go into long discussions of people and places that those outside the NYC party scene (of various decades) would know nothing about (for example there are so many mentions of Kiki and Herb I felt like they might be at my house). He also notes that this is his second collection so perhaps some of the best bits were in the earlier volume.

I'm guessing that pre-Internet blog/Perez Hilton that Musto was THE man about NYC and quite risque and he still knows how to pack a punch....sometimes with his incredibly frank discussions of sex (including a few too many mentions of his own penis), sometimes just with his wit, "Wynonna Judd had an eighty minute therapy session the other night, and since she billed it as a concert, I totally managed to be there to watch." He also must have been, at least in part, the inspiration for SNL's fabulous Stefon character as he snarkily reviews lots of nightclubs along with Broadway shows, parties and other happenings in and around the city.

If you are a fan of Musto or the NYC "scene" during the 1980s and early 90s, enjoy it in small batches.
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By Patricia Alder on January 31, 2014
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If you didn't have a good friend who loved nothing more than to dish the gossip, you have one in Michael Musto. Fast paced, snazzy and snarly, these are more of the best of " La Dolce Musto" columns from the Village Voice ( who were dumb to let him go after all those years of great writing). Grab a Cosmo, put your hanging out clothes on and read one delightful book!!
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By Jean on September 16, 2013
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I always enjoyed him on Keith Olberman's Countdown, but I thought the book was mean-spirited. I am a fan or dark humor, but this was a bit much.
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By zzblooz on February 24, 2013
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you have to really love michael musto to love this book. I miss reading him in the Voice since I moved out of town, but discovered I don't really enjoy reading so many of his columns all at once.
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