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Escape From Houdini Mountain

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  21 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews

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
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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Vicky
Mar 06, 2011 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
Cheryl Klein
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Maan
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Book #57 for 2012: I needed something to read in transit, grabbed this book from my TBR pile and it was a pleasant surprise. :) I enjoyed the party girl stories, trashy accounts, leopard prints. The short stories were okay.
Leenda dela Luna
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting collection of short stories from a female LA punk rocker.

I generally enjoy anything published by Manic D Press.
Andrea
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I loved this book!!! The stories are great. Pleasant is amazing!
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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 ...more
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