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Escape From Houdini Mountain
From the glittering debauched nights of 1980s Hollywood ("Escape from Houdini Mountain") to the festering bowels of New York's Lower East Side ("Must Have Been Love"), these 23 mind-bending tales chronicle a young woman's quest for romantic adventure. Spun from her experiences in the L.A. underground, the stories are infectiously entertaining. Pleasant's eye for the human ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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Mar 06, 2011 Vicky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: CB
HOLLYWOOD + leopard print pants, zombies, a lot of sex, a lot of drinking and sneaking into places called Houdini Mountain and meeting "wild" characters and having moments of reflection or something and just super parties peoples gods. Everything about this book reminded me of a Gemini I used to know which is so funny, how two people could be—and write—so alike. I loved this book at first, like it was fun(ny) but then I just lost energy and enthusiasm so I had to put it aside until ~24 days late ...more
Like Michelle Tea, Pleasant Gehman can tell a good story about crazy times (think drag queen boyfriends, theme parties, pranks gone wrong). I loved reading about Hollywood's trashier days, when the hills abounded with formerly glam ruins. But in some of the pieces, I longed for Michelle Tea's vulnerability and ability to apply a long view to her youth. For better or worse, sometimes Pleasant Gehman seems like she's still at the party.
Pleasant Gehman is a true renaissance woman: writer, dancer, actor, musician and painter.A Hollywood icon, during the 1970′s, she was one of the first punks in Los Angeles, documenting the scene she helped create in her fanzine “Lobotomy”. During the 1980′s, she toured across North America fronting her three bands, all of whom released recordings: The Screaming Sirens, The Ringling Sisters and Hon ...moreMore about Pleasant Gehman...