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The "Sex and the City" columnist for the New York Observer documents the social scene of modern-day Manhattan. The reader gets an introduction to "Modelizers," the men who only have eyes for models, as well as a more common species, the "Toxic Bachelor." Reading like a society novel gone downtown and askew, Sex and the City is a comically sordid look at status and ambition and the many characters consumed by the sexual politics of the '90s. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"We're leading sensory saturated lives," announces jetsetting photographer and playboy Peter Beard in a roundtable discussion of menages a trois, setting the tone of opulent debasement that suffuses this collection of Bushnell's punchy, archly knowing and sharply observed sex columns from the New York Observer. Prowling the modish clubs, party circuit and weekend getaways of rich and trendy New York society (most of whose denizens are identified by pseudonyms), Bushnell offers a brash, radically unromantic perspective. She visits a sex club and dates a Bicycle Boy ("the literary romantic subspecies" whose patron saints are George Plimpton and Murray Kempton). But in most chapters she keeps to the sidelines, deploying instead her alter-ego Carrie (like the author, a blonde writer from Connecticut in her mid-30s), whose sweet if feckless romance with Mr. Big?a nondescript power player?serves as a foil for the hilarious, unsentimentalized misadventures of her peers. These include model-chasers like Barkley, 25, a painter with the face of a Botticelli angel whose parents pay for his SoHo junior loft, and Tom Peri, the "emotional Mayflower," who ferries newly dumped women to higher emotional ground and is then invariably dumped. The effect is that of an Armistead Maupin-like canvas tinged with a liberal smattering of Judith Krantz. Collected in one volume, Bushnell's characters grow generic, but in small doses these essays are brain candy that will appeal equally to urban romantics and anti-romantics.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About what I expected...Preferred the show that is based on the book and gives credit to the book.Published 6 days ago by Andy
Having been a fan of the show for years I began reading with that bias in mind. It's interesting to discover how much the show drew from this book - there were parts that happened... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ladymoxy
I came to this quite late, having watched the TV series for years. It wasn't quite what I expected. I didn't feel like it had the warmth of the TV show, but I still really enjoyed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BookLoverK
It's not as fancy as I thought it would be without watching the show It might be a good read.Published 2 months ago by SOBIA
Very different from the TV series but still enjoyable read.Published 2 months ago by Daniele Collignon
I am a die hard fan of the tv series and the films, so naturally this juicy book was mandatory. There is plenty of sex, drugs, parties, careers, from Manhattan to Aspen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lesli Hattaway
I was so disappointed. I wanted to finish the book and give it the benefit of the doubt. Sadly I completely lost interest by the 3rd chapter. I didn't even finish the 4th one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cindy Granados