Dirty White Boy Cleis Press

Dirty White Boy Cleis Press[EPUB] ✵ Dirty White Boy Cleis Press Author Clayton Littlewood – Oaklandjobs.co.uk What is the correct etiuette for visiting a brothel How should one react when a transsexual wants to show off her latest surgery Is it appropriate to speak to television personalities when they’re b What is the correct etiuette Boy Cleis eBook ✓ for visiting a brothel How should one react when a transsexual wants to show off her latest surgery Is it appropriate to speak to television personalities when they’re buying underwear These are the uestions that matter in London's Soho neighborhood where Clayton Littlewood runs the cult clothing store Dirty White Boy From his window on one of the busiest street corners in the world Littlewood watches the daily parade of fashion ueens prostitutes gangsters and celebrities that make up the population of this strangest of villages Dirty Dirty White PDF/EPUB or White Boy is a vivid mosaic of modern London caught between the ghosts of the past and the uncertainties of the future With an unforgettable cast of characters ranging from Chico the camp ueen to Pam the Fag Lady with guest spots by stars like Kathy Griffin and Graham Norton these compulsively readable true tales offer a wry panorama of Soho's rich and often raucous subcultures. It only took me 46 years to write it My next one will be coming out in 2057 Another social history of London’s Soho this time uite recent – published 2008 It is anything but samey though Written in diary form a series of priceless vignettes which capture life in this special part of town It’s rich in characters The book’s title – DWB – refers to the title of the shop which the author ran with his hubby Their store was situated below a thriving brothel with a Madam who made for an interesting neighbourFunny sad bursting with all kinds of emotion not least the camaraderie of the street My favourite character has got to be Leslie a gritty old ueen with some unforgettable lines He knew uentin Crisp and it shows Poignancy amidst the hilarityClayton Littlewood takes us into a wonderfully engaging insider’s view of London’s gay Old Compton Street in his “Dirty White Boy – Tales of Soho” The characters that wander into the clothing shop that Clayton and his partner run sometimes buying but too often not are drawn by Clayton’s pen with such potent yet economical detail that in the many brief blog entries that make up the book we get a vivid picture of their lives and their eccentricities There are countless laugh out loud sectionsBut there are also deeply touching moments illustrating the despair of some of the lives depicted by Clayton There are street people who stop by the store for a bit of change or even just a hug There are the wild celebs and wannabe celebs There are the young hustlers who are aging too fast from the lifestyle and the drugs There is the constant drama of the brothel upstairs And there is the once was and maybe will be again coupling of Leslie and Charlie With a subtle candidness Clayton also shares the struggles in his own life to keep the store financially viable and the impact that has on his relationshipA wonderful read whether you have spent many hours in Soho or just wish you couldCheck out his website at wwwclaytonlittlewoodcom for information on his new book “Goodbye to Soho” Clayton Littlewood people watches the people that many of us are a little scared to watch As a result there’s a genuine voyeuristic thrill in reading his accounts of Soho and it’s easy to feel uickly at home in Clayton’s seat by the window of his shop as the various odd or shady types move in and out What’s surprising however is how uickly one comes to empathise with them Although freuently witty and sometimes even bitchy Clayton – fluent in Crisperanto – is never mean and absolutely never cruel It would be easier to send these characters up or to poke fun but instead Clayton’s compassion and curiousity allows him to paint a far richer engaging portrait His obvious love of people is what drives the narrative and makes it such a delight to read I'm normally apprehensive about books based on blogs because of their episodic nature but here it works perfectly allowing Clayton to switch from outrageously funny to tender and sad without missing a beat It didn't take long before I was hooked and by the end I was utterly drawn in flicking pages frantically like I would for the best works of fiction Dirty White Boy is a wonderfully uniue take on the melting pot that is Soho; a kaleidoscope of unforgettable characters and laugh out loud anecdotes littered with shards of heartbreak Sometimes you come across the best books by accident and I knew nothing about the book or author before I read this After buying Sebastian Horsley's 'Dandy in the Underworld' this book popped up as a 'similar' online recommendation so I thought I'd give it a go I'm truly glad I did The characters that pop into the author's shop or pass by his shop window seem bizarre and almost unreal and yet they're not because the truth in the way they are written makes them very real and you laugh along with them not at them There's a fine line between being a wonderful diarist who creates vivid characters you want to know about and making them grotesues and making it vicious Here no matter how weird and wonderful the people that inhabit Soho are no matter about their 'trade' or habits they are written about with sensitivity On a personal level I found this book to be that rare thing that makes you laugh intermittently throughout and yet occasionally brings you up short with sad reflection; I certainly will admit to welling up on at least one occasion A very vivid diary earthy yet full of sparkle and full of heart and the author is up there with all the great diarists for recording hopefully as an historical document of the futurean always interesting part of the metropolis that is London caught at a specific time Dirty White Boy was a clothes store that used to sit on the corner of Old Compton Street and Dean Street in the heart of the Soho village What started as a blog enjoyed a brief spell being published in the ill fated London Paper and then became this book It's written a bit like a diary over a year and a few months recording the comings and goings of Soho life events in and around the store and cataloging the often larger than life characters that visit the store Each entry is often an little anecdotetale in itself so it's a pretty easy book to dip into I thought the diary format might wear itself out after a bit; but the author develops some of the tales in later entries so there is a bit to get your teeth intoIt is funny insightful and occasionally poignant bookI work in Soho so probably have a bit of a reason to enjoy the book but it's a worthy addition to the Soho bibliography I bought this book by mistake and I am glad I did I loved it The shop he ran in Soho with his partner gave Clayton Littlewood the perfect position for people watching; not only do interesting people come into his shop but if anything interesting happens in the street outside he just starts polishing the windows Having a brothel upstairs just makes it interestingThis could have been just a collection of disconnected episodes but the author manages to find enough continuity in his stories to make it than that The episodes form a story one that draws us in One sub plot in particular starts off as light humour but ends up as something really uite poignant providing him with a touching and satisfying ending He also brings enough of his own life into the story to make you feel that he's not just an observer but part of the story tooRecommended Took a little getting into but once you get to know the larger than life characters you can't wait to find out what happens next As it's a real diary you do find that things aren't as contrived as they would be in a novel and it's unpredictable as to when a particular character will appear again if at all This also means you're left wondering what happened to them after the book endsMy only criticism would be the use of the word 'willy' in place of either 'cock' 'dick' or even 'penis' Maybe it's used to keep the sexual references at a jovial level but to me it just sounded immature and childish Other than that a worthwhile read and in familiar territory if you've ever been to Soho A rattling good page turning read about life in the infamous locale of Soho Hilarious shocking and poignant by turns well observed by the author who lived and worked there And very well written I eagerly await his next book I highly reccommend this book The writing really gets you involved in the lives of the characters I sincerely hope Clay publishes another book I KNOW there are many stories to be told

Dirty White Boy Cleis Press ePUB ¿ Dirty White
  • Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • Dirty White Boy Cleis Press
  • Clayton Littlewood
  • English
  • 25 November 2016
  • 9781573443302