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The Extra Man by Jonathan Ames
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Jan 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

I love Jonathan Ames. For here is a man who adheres to the maxim that a writer should reveal everything that is ugly and shameful about himself. Dalliances with trans-sexuals, bra-stealing, delusions of Gatsby-esque grandeur. At one point during this book, I suddenly suspected that I'd read it before, but it turned out that he was just revisiting some of the same anecdotes from his other books. So... a bit samey, but sod it, that's some same old good stuff.

Ames' stock is clearly on the rise. This film with Kevin Kline, John C Reilly and Paul Dano, and he's written a HBO series with Jason Schwarzman in too.

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