Permanent Midnight

Permanent Midnight His byline appeared everywhere from L A Style to the Village Voice from Esquire to Hustler He penned scripts for twisted cult classics like Cafe Flesh and Dr Caligari He banged out shows for TV mega

  • Title: Permanent Midnight
  • Author: Jerry Stahl
  • ISBN: 9780976082200
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • His byline appeared everywhere, from L.A Style to the Village Voice, from Esquire to Hustler He penned scripts for twisted cult classics like Cafe Flesh and Dr Caligari He banged out shows for TV mega hits like Moonlighting, Twin Peaks, and thirtysomething But even when Jerry Stahl was making five grand a week, he was shooting six Careening from his luxury home to L.His byline appeared everywhere, from L.A Style to the Village Voice, from Esquire to Hustler He penned scripts for twisted cult classics like Cafe Flesh and Dr Caligari He banged out shows for TV mega hits like Moonlighting, Twin Peaks, and thirtysomething But even when Jerry Stahl was making five grand a week, he was shooting six Careening from his luxury home to L.A s hellacious neighborhoods, he financed a heroin habit that brought on the soothing hiss of oblivion, while it stole his health and smashed his career Until in a private apocalypse straight out of Day of the Locust, Jerry Stahl kicked smack and emerged clean.A searing, strung out confessional in the lineage of Lenny Bruce, William S Burroughs, and Hubert Selby Jr PERMANENT MIDNIGHT chronicles one man s slide into the opiated abyss and his claw marked ascent back into the light heralding the return of the Urban Hipster to contemporary literature, infused with savage humor and relentless intensity.

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    1. Permanent Midnight sets its tone in the first few pages, beginning with its author - Jerry Stahl - wearing a diaper to soak up the blood from his bleeding, post-op testicles. From there it descends into a story of debasement and self-loathing that is one of the finest and most enjoyable memoirs I’ve read.Permanent Midnight is a crazy, strung-out taxi ride though a life where a near unquenchable addiction met a salary almost big enough to slake it. This is no rock’n’roll I-took-lots-of-drug [...]

    2. Years ago, I had a great job working as a media broker for a major television network. I was also heavily addicted to heroin and crack. So here I am going to network meetings in L.A, nodding in and out, and trying to balance both lives simultaneously. One of my best friends told me that my life was remiscent of a guy named Jerry Stahl and reccomended the Ben Stiller film, Permanant Midnight. I really identified with it.Fast forward a few years later and I am jobless, scoring in East L.A, and sel [...]

    3. This book captures the love affair an addict has with drugs. This book oozes love -- no matter what Stahl says about how ugly it was, he was in love with it and you can hear how lovingly he describes his awful behavior. He remembers every last detail as if he kept a scrapbook. As if he loves it still, the glamor (in the old-fashioned sense of having a spell put on you) of the powerlessness and the high. He was making a lot of money, which lessened the dangerous aspects of being a junkie. He was [...]

    4. I'm not sure why I'm continuously drawn to books by and about junkies but here's another one to add to the list. Jerry Stahl's memoir "Permanent Midnight" is a tragicomic tale of addiction. His story takes place in Hollywood in the 1980's and 90's. His career has gone from writing pornography for Hustler magazine to writing episodes of ALF, Moonlighting and thirtysomething. It seems that the more out-of-control his heroin habit becomes, the more he is in demand. Until it all crashes down around [...]

    5. Another disturbing tale about drug abuse along the lines of Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting. This was a fun read for such a dark subject, the author had a pretty good sense of humor and it comes through in his writing. Plus it was interesting to read about heroin addiction in someone who was a quasi celebrity and had tons of money.Heroin, don't do it!

    6. This certainly has a deserving place in the canon of cautionary heroin literature (Junkie,Songs They Play On The Radio, Wonderland Avenue etc.). There are many cringe-worthy scenes that had me grimacing on the train. However, I think those are necessary because I cannot imagine anyone reading this and thinking: "Gee, heroin sounds fun!"Beginning his writing career with artistic pretensions, Stahl finds himself making $5,000 a week writing dialogue for shows like Alf, Thirtysomething, Moonlightin [...]

    7. I hail Jerry as the next William Burroughs.I wanted to place a few quotes here but found that I would pretty much be listing most of the novel!Jerry's book Bad Sex on Speed led me to this memoir. He talked of being a junkie too well and was kind of relieved to find out he had been one. I held onto this book; dragged it out like the perfect night or last beer.Jerry was a script writer for the famous 80s tv shows Moonlighting and Alf. He did drugs so he could cope with work; a first for me in a me [...]

    8. It took me almost 200 pages to reach a point in which I wanted to finish this book, but once I did, I was all in. It took me almost 200 pages to become interested in the life of an self-deprecating, insecure, unlikable drug addict. But this addict, who addresses everything with a dose of dark humor and an overall air of “who gives a fuck”, eventually made me want to know where he ended up even if I didn’t really like him. Underneath it all, an intelligent, interesting man, who never really [...]

    9. Received from FirstReads giveawayEvery memoir of substance abuse seems to be described as stark and harrowing, and this is no exception. It's also no exception in that it was numbingly repetitive. If there had been a few more interesting anecdotes and a few less almost identical accounts of actual drug use, it would have held my interest better. I get it's a book about drug addiction, but it begins to feel more like the author is trying to relive that part of his life, one high at a time. Either [...]

    10. Stahl was a heroin addict. He also wrote TV scripts for "Moonlighting" and "Alf". When you come off heroin, so says Jerry, everything (and he means everything) hurts: showering, breathing, etc. Alf deserved better than Jerry gave him, but Jerry has since cleaned up and recently wrote a thinly-fictionalized version of Fatty Arbuckle's life that I've been meaning to read forever.

    11. honest, gritty and an authentic window into the exhausting dance between addiction, sobriety and the acts endured to experience the supreme, rock bottom and the beautiful in both worlds.

    12. This book is like 450 pages and I literally read it in one day without putting the book down once. Fascinating, brutally honest stuff: Stahl was both a screenwriter for "Alf" and "Moonlighting," and a raging heroin addict. There is no cheesy redemption at the end - as the title would imply his nightmare just goes on and on. The fact that he is together enough to pen this book by the late 90s is hopeful, but inconclusive.

    13. This guy used the word "slime" as a verb one too many times for my liking. Although the story was engaging, there was too much lingo/slang in the way. I think it would have been better without all the jive, man.

    14. Stunning study of drug addiction and the seamy side of Hollywood. Stahl's writing is so natural and brutal, I loved every page of it.

    15. I used to type out paragraphs from this book and email the blurbs to people I thought were doing too many drugs.Lots of fun.

    16. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll shit your pants. If you're a writer you'll wish you had his talent, his humor, and his guts.

    17. Jerry Stahl is as unlikable as he is compelling. Early in the book, he describes his unique dating methodology of picking up a compulsive German performance artist, renting a hotel room with her, and taking black tar heroin like a dog would take its temperature…all of which leads to frenzied, narcotics-induced sex. Interestingly, somewhere between the hotel room and the final scene, the one where Stahl is cleaning himself of his own vomit with a stranger’s garden hose after kicking his habit [...]

    18. Work Reading: He's a damn good writer. The ugliness throughout has burned out its appeal for me over tons of addict books over my life. I don't know how you tell this in a new way or if you can since the life is such a pattern. The twist here is often his great success as a TV writer. Extra hilarious if you're in the business and watching him loathe or fuck up his way through Moonlighting or Thirtysomething or Twin Peaks. It's super honest in the most repugnant ways. And his detailing of the fuc [...]

    19. This was pretty eye opening for me. I couldn't believe how many times he got clean, then started using again, and how much work he did when he was totally fucked up. I kind of want a follow-up but I also kind of don't want to know what's happened since.

    20. Found this book on the street. Had heard of it, but didn't know much about the man and had never seen the movie (still haven't), so wasn't sure what to expect, only that it was another attempt at a raw telling of addiction. I've been interested in "drug literature" for a long time for many reasons and not necessarily from a drug user's point of view, so I've been through quite a few from the canon. There was something about this book, though, that struck me in a way I hadn't been struck from thi [...]

    21. Jerry Stahl was a hotshot TV writer so talented (and maddeningly conscious of the fact) that he deluded himself into believing he could coast through a Hollywood career devoting ten minutes of his strung-out, fucked up days writing the best of the drivel of popular 1980's TV while crafting a double life around the majority of day-to-day life spent on his devotion to a bevy of narcotics. And he achieves it so effortlessly, you practically wanna pull your hair out, but the strong voice of the auth [...]

    22. I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but this one sparked my interest. Jerry Stahl is a writer, obviously, who has written for Playboy, Hustler, Penthouse and then on to screenwriting in Hollywood. Somewhere along the way he picked up a very nasty drug addiction.He starts with acid in High School, and quickly moves on to cocaine and heroin. This book is very honest. Stahl makes plenty of excuses for his addiction but also admits that he shouldn’t have any excuses. He’s a very well paid TV screen [...]

    23. Passages of this book were amazing. Funny, Sad, brainless and thoughtful, all at the same time. ButThis book didn't go anywhere. I really had no idea where Jerry had got to by the end of it. I suspected that he hadn't really got anywhere. It felt like it was written as a step on his journey towards recovery. But we weren't told that.Instead we get description of trip after trip. Often lovingly described. It reminded me of William S. Burroughs book Junk, in that it was full of self-delusion dress [...]

    24. I feel slightly dishonest giving this a 2-star rating because I didn't actually finish the book. But that's the point. It's not often I start a book and don't give it the opportunity to be read completely before I judge it. However, this book was far too much like ≈my link text">The Night of the Gun. Do they hang out together? Did they hold swap notes? Hold hands? I couldn't take another self-satisfied writer too interested in their gonzo journalism style than the substance of the book.The [...]

    25. Probably a biased & somewhat non of much supposed review, but here goes. I believe we all go through phases in life, with certain elements however rapidly exposed to change, remains the same. Well, writing has always been my solace. I'd take the turmoil of a writer's block than the act of being in procrastinate any day. Suffice for me say, this was the first book I ever came across in the midst of a messy ordeal of shuffling through life's phases itself. The book itself, frankly quite charmi [...]

    26. Reading this one shows "Perv" to be autobiographically-based, despite its 3rd person voice and fictional motif. Long, sad, tragic--I felt so stuck by page 300-something, I skipped ahead to the last line to see if it was worth continuing, but said last line was too ambiguous to tell for sure. I kept on reading it, with one more satisfyingly surreal section before I got there. A hell of an undertaking. Stahl is called "better-than-Burroughs" on the jacket, apparently only because he is or was a ju [...]

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