I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir
I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly -- a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by... show more
I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly -- a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives. Kilmer-Purcell is a terrifically gifted new literary voice who straddles the divide between absurdity and normalcy, and stitches them together with surprising humor and lonely poignancy. As Booklist raved "as tart and funny as a Noel Coward play, for Kilmer-Purcell is especially good at dialogue, and, as in Coward's best plays, under the comedy lies the sad truth that even at our best, we are all weak, fallible fools. Again and again in this rich, adventure-filled book, Kilmer-Purcell illustrates the truth of Blake's proverb, 'The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.'"
Publish date: February 7th 2006
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 305
Edition language: English
As hilarious as it tragic, I Am Not Myself These Days is not a read for everyone, but damn, did I love it. This is the story of a "drunk drag queen and a crackhead hooker in love". It's a memoir about misfits, about broken people, about connection, about identity, about hope, and yes, the glittering...
An appalling and mesmerising train wreck and beautifully tragic. I Am Not Myself These Days is a raw and powerful glimpse into Josh Kilmer-Purcell's life, rich with humour, vodka and glittered drag queens. Through the eyes of Josh and his drag queen counterpart, Aqua, a story of horrific, cringe-w...
A fun, highly readable memoir of drag queen days and one particular doomed love affair. I would have liked to see more about Josh's life at the end- the transition from where the book actually ends to where he is now. I found the ending abrupt but overall enjoyed Kilmer-Purcell's colorful anecdotes ...
I came to Josh Kilmer-Purcell's memoir I Am Not Myself These Days backwards, first reading his later memoir The Bucolic Plague : How Two Manhattanites Became Gentleman Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir, then seeing him and his partner on the reality show The Amazing Race and finally reading his firs...
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