Lucking Out

Lucking Out

My Life Getting Down and Semi-dirty in Seventies New York

Book - 2011
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"A memoir by Vanity Fair culture critic James Wolcott about coming of age in 1970s New York"--Provided by publisher.
"How lucky I was, arriving in New York just as everything was about to go to hell." That was autumn 1972, when a very green James Wolcott arrived from Maryland, full of literary dreams, with a letter of introduction from Norman Mailer, and having no idea what was about to hit him. Landing at a time of accelerating municipal squalor and, paradoxically, gathering cultural energy in all spheres as "Downtown" became a category of art and life unto itself, he embarked upon his sentimental education, seventies New York style. This memoir is also a rollicking portrait of a legendary time and place. Wolcott was taken up by fabled film critic Pauline Kael; he became an early observer-participant in the nascent punk scene at CBGB, mixing with Patti Smith, Lester Bangs, and Tom Verlaine; and as a Village Voice writer he encountered the literary scene when Mailer, Gore Vidal, and George Plimpton strode the earth, and writing really mattered.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385527781
Branch Call Number: 813.6 WOL
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jan 30, 2015

Wolcott really did "luck out" in more ways than one. He also managed to be right in the midst of nearly every major NYC "scene" in the 1970's. The Vilalge Voice, The New Yorker, CBGB's. the list goes on.

Breathlessly written and fabulously entertaining, this book has just enough name-dropping and just enough gossip. Never over the top. And Wolcott rarely makes himself the center of attention.

Highly recommended.

Oct 30, 2012

I enjoy Wolcott's writing, but this book is too "inside" for me.


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