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A journalist turns male model and discovers that he's actually in the same business: Fabrication.

The story opens with the question: "Where do I go now?" and readers travel with Selden through Manhattan's runways and TV studios, a multi-million-dollar clothing heist and a fashion design leak, a mysterious disappearance in Rio and the memories of Cuba, a film debut at Cannes
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Aignos
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Justin Turgeson
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." I think quoting Holden Caulfield is a pretty good summary of Chris Campanioni's writing. This book induces thought provoking ideas and begs to be discussed amoung readers. Not to mention, a literally laugh out loud sense of humor that often left me with a shit eating grin and shaking my head ...more
Monique Marco
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chris Campanioni's love of language is evident from the opening scene and is carried throughout the novel. He easily captures the feel for our modern cadence which is interspersed with our new world of texting and inescapable interjections from marketing messages and the like. I love the smattering of Spanish, which, when coupled with the NY/NJ setting creates both wonderful local color and instant warmth in my soul. His somewhat Falkner-esque style helps to establish the coming-of-age tone and ...more
William Wascher
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
Chris Campanioni, the author of Going Down, is a contemporary renaissance man. He is first of all a writer, but also a teacher, an actor and a fashion model. I listed writer first because Going Down is his journey of discovery that he is above all a writer and we as readers are privileged to accompany him on that journey.

Going Down begins with our protagonist, Chris Selden, having just graduated from college and somewhat adrift, reluctantly accompanying a friend on an interview with a modeling a
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MazzTX
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Going Down by Chris Campanioni. It was an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone that wants to enjoy a well written story. I was surprised at how introspective Campanioni’s work made me feel. The story is about a recent college graduate, Selden, with a degree in Journalism that suddenly finds himself with a successful career as a male fashion model. While the reader may not be able to personally identify with the fashion world there is much in Selden’s story that are ...more
Antonio Galica
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I in no way seek to, as the saying goes, blow smoke up this author's ass, but Campanioni is probably positioned to be The Voice Narrating America's Malaise ... there is an entrancing quality to the flow of words, like a sermon in progress; understandable through context yet wonderous in its unfamiliarity. I've read some reviews that mentioned how difficult the poetic language and cut-ups can be, but a word to the wise: read this novel twice (you'll want to re-read it as soon as you're finished a ...more
Eemaxcy
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Talented author, Chris Campanioni, writes a compelling novel about a young man's search for himself in an world which too often tells the individual who he is or who he should be. Using his personal experience as a sports writer and professional fashion model, the author skillfully combines various styles of expression, including that of film, to enable the reader to learn with his main character, Chris Selden, what writing a novel is all about. Among many interests to the reader, at least this ...more
Don P.
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For an intelligent literary person (and a newspaper reporter) to penetrate the world of fashion and modeling must be rare. So,reading Campanioni's work is a bit like receiving telemetry from a sophisticated space probe sent to an alien world. The experimental styles of different chapters is like switching between sensory modalities. Campanioni's style shows a love of reading and writing, playfully experimental, with a tip of the hat to other daring writers like William Burroughs. It will be inte ...more
Rick
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is not long before you read the words, poetically penned on the first pages, do you realize you're in for a treat. A coming of age story (don't we love a good one) about a man who morphs from person to product with much dexterity. All would be well if he wasn't so aware of the malignancy of an industry where nothing is what it seems.

"Going Down" is a well crafted tale that poses the infamous question: Who are you?
Guy Wayne
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
so unique getting inside the head of the writer; i will write longer review after second read.....Chris is absolutely amazing
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Chris Campanioni was born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey. He edits PANK, Tupelo Quarterly, and At Large Magazine. Campanioni's debut novel, Going Down, was selected as Best First Book at the International Latino Book Awards in 2014. His poem "Transport (after 'When Ecstasy is Inconvenient')" was a finalist for the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize in 2015, awarded annually to the U.S. poet ...more
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“I couldn’t decide whether it was better to be the art, or the artist.” 7 likes
“I walk by, seeing myself walk by on a bag, someone’s hands gripping the paper handles above my neck, my curved waist, my gleam of sweat, me, half a block away, and think, you don’t know self-fragmentation until it’s staring you in the face.” 4 likes
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