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A Day in the Life: Tales from the Lower East

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A Day in the Life: Tales from the Lower East

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Original name book: A Day in the Life: Tales from the Lower East

Pages: 168

Language: English

Publisher: Autonomedia; First Edition edition (January 1, 1990)

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Category - Literature & Fiction

Bestsellers rank - 7 Rating Star

Book by Moore, Alan

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  • By Andromeda on August 3, 2008

    This is a wonderful collection of literature as varied as the lives of the people of the Lower East Side, NY that it covers. Included is a wide range of styles, emotions, and subject matter. The collection works hard - by not listing writers credentials, time periods, or publication histories - to keep the focus on the works themselves rather than preconditioned contexts. Nevertheless, everyone knows the great Ted Berrigan (who opens the book with a poem that captures the beauty and tragedy of NY eloquently; a former grande dame sings a nostalgic love song while she sinks to the ground in a stupor, and the hearer is caught up in it, "lifting my heart to a place" he hasn't been before but ironically lives in everyday) and the inimitable Allen Ginsberg (wonderful selections of his journals, that sound as poetic as his best poems, are included here). Ron Kolm's "Duke and Jill" is a NY bad fairy tale ("Duke and Jill do drugs. They live on the corner of Avenue A and 10th Street, in a mostly burnt-out building. They don't have much else in common.") that charts five tell-tale episodes of dead-pan truth that makes you laugh but hurt inside at the same time. Enid Dame "Cafe Endgame" is my favorite, and, I think, the strongest piece as well as the best-written prose in the book; it's the story of a Jewish girl who lives though the euphoria and heartbreak of the Lower East Side but where others are predictable in telling such a story, this work is captivating, well-paced, and links you to Susan's life: her youthful and free sexual liberation, her desire for her parents to love her for who she is and what she wants, her tilt into loneliness and despair, and her acceptance of those with whom she's experienced her maturity; there's a great moment in which she still connects to a former lover who's out of his mind and rocking mindlessly in a chair. You get two outright hilarious works that are pure NY goodtime laughter: "Tiger on Third Avenue" by Irving Stettner (in which a father has to tell her daughter what a guy wants - in no uncertain terms - and why she needs to do and it all ends up as a wonderful modern love comedy) and the brilliantly zany "The Muffins of Sebek" by Ed Sanders (a story of an intellectual Egyptologist who can't find work but finds an ancient Egyptian facial cream recipe - the same used by Hatshepshut - whose ingredients include "honey, oil, sea salt, meal-of-alabaster, and crocodile $**t"; you also get the hilarious line: "the D train was packed, yet you'd be surprised how much space can be found when someone presses forward with 12 bags of lizard $**t." Anyway he sells it and profits his monthly rent and Christmas presents for friends to boot.) I could talk about the rest of this, how it's edited and introduced by Alan W. Moore, an artist, professor, and socialist with Marxist leanings(so, no, it's NOT THAT Alan Moore, writer of V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and Promethea; but Alan W. Moore's intro. is almost just as well written, I have to say) and how it's chock full of 27 great, though tough-minded, works of art (the cover, with a gun shooting a bullet at a brick heart that bounces the bullet off itself, says it all) as well as a good range of literature - 7 poems & 17 pieces of prose - that needs to be read because most of the writers are forgotten and hugely underrated. If you want to know the Lower East side and can stand the high and lows of it, you'll love this book.

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