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Tales of the Troupe: Short Stories by Rob Dinsmoor Paperback – July 9, 2009
"Dinsmoor has sketched out impressive impressionistic testimony to 1980s creative and partying spirit as well as its sober aftermath."--Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
A Vogue headline announced, "They'll Take Manhattan," and we were naive enough to believe it. The New York Post couldn't get enough of us. We were young and hip, and life was good. Little did we know what was in store for our little comedy troupe, Chucklehead, which took New York by storm in the 1980s. It was a wild, hilarious, and sometimes scary ride we would never forget. Here are our stories.
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Rob's fictionalized memoir reveals the guts and joys of going after the brass ring with both hands, of friendships, successes, failures and terrible loss. He writes from the heart and doesn't skip a beat. Tales of the Troupe a winner!
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The stories are pure New York. Funny, yes, but also brutally honest, and always with an undercurrent of, if not extreme sleaze, a certain squalor and squirminess. In one, the author was chosen by the troupe to personify the emperor without clothes...not on stage but on the street. Understandably nervous about the role (which, with it's potential for a morals charge, was significantly more dangerous than other Chucklehead activities involving police lookouts, like gluing show posters on private property) he found himself walking in broad daylight bearing a scepter and wearing crown, cape, and bikini briefs. If you've never experienced lower Manhattan you'll get a taste of it as his nervousness transforms -- once he realizes that people are simply not paying him any special attention -- to an enlightening comfort and freedom, including a completely ordinary moment of petting a woman's dog on the sidewalk.
Reading Dinsmoor channels memories of reading Jay McInerny. Dinsmoor makes you think about your last, or your next, or perhaps your first trip to the Big Apple.
- Tom Juergens
In "Tales of the Troupe, Dinsmoor ently, lovingly holds up a mirror to a band of manic creative minds working manically to forge the Humor of the Manic 80s. Looking back with the yoga-induced serenity of 00s, which is funnier, the Chuckleheads' sausage or Dinsmoor's portrait of how the sausage was squeezed?
Dinsmoor's rapier subtlety gives this Soho saga the comic feel of Andy Hardy meets Jay McInerney.
A must read!
I highly recommend this book!