The opening selection, Bored to Death, is really good. Reading Ames is sort of like putting butter on a really hot piece of toast. Unfortunately not all of the non-fiction stuff hits home.
A bored novelist called Jonathan Ames posts an ad on Craigslist pretending to be an amateur, unlicensed private investigator and begins getting cases.
He talks about literally boxing fellow authors in PR stunts to promote their books. The book will be coming out shortly. His review of the recently gentrified Meatpacking District in New York is ok for a few pages — but 27 pages?
Luckily, these stories are often brief, and given my tastes ultimately palatable. His interview with Lenny Kravitz was similarly interesting — Kravitz seems like less of an interesting person but also seems like someone you could have a normal conversation with.
Some of the pieces are great fun, and none are bad. Enjoyable beach reading, but not quintessential. Another highlight included a trip to a Goth music festival as Ames tries to find out why people are drawn to Goth as a lifestyle choice. Ames even manages to drink MM under the table!
I like his style. It also features his adult-adolescent friend Mangina obviously not his real name who wears a mangina and does improv theatrics.
Then the numerous other essays that feature Ames going down on various other women just felt repetitive and that he was trying a little too hard to be shocking and hilarious, never really accomplishing either. His non-fiction takes up most of this book and is definitely the highlight of this collection.
But almost all are repeated, essentially the same, throughout the book. Generally though the fiction in this book is pretty poor stuff. His interview with Marilyn Manson was pretty great and once more showed MM to be a decent, down-to-earth chap who leads a pretty amazing life.
The "Department of Redundancy Department" called, flustered about the frequent allusions to transexuals and semi-poverty. You know it is going to taste great, and this gentlman never fails me. His interview with Marilyn Manson is great.
The Double Life is by no means essential reading but good for dipping in and out of while reading other books. He also includes lengthy excerpts of his diary from when he was in his early 20s which are extraordinarily self-indulgent and dull.
And who knew he was celibate?! One ends up wishing for more girth in the subject matter, and more variety of approaches. Ames is an interesting fellow though. However, "The Double Life" suffers from double dipping on content.
I share a lot of the same, mildly perverted, interests as he does. What we have here are introductions, short stories and some journalistic pieces.The Double Life Is Twice as Good Essays and Fiction.
By Jonathan Ames. Wildly original novelist, essayist, and performance artist Jonathan Aames delivers his best collection yet—a hilarious, risqué, and loveable selection of articles, essays, and fiction, including several previously unpublished mi-centre.com an HBO pilot based on this. Double Life Is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction out of 5 based on 0 ratings.
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The opening selection, Bored /5(66).Download