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Notes from the Night: A Life After Dark

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A book by Taylor Plimpton

Jonathan Miles Reviews Notes from the NightJonathan Miles is a former columnist for the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times and the author of a novel, Dear American Airlines, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of 2008 … see full wiki

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Author: Taylor Plimpton
Publisher: Crown Archetype
1 review about Notes from the Night: A Life After Dark

Highly evocative

  • Oct 7, 2010
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Notes From the Night is an entertaining little book that takes readers on a tour of New York City night life, or more specifically a slice of it, described by a guy who spends much of his free time trawling the downtown clubs with his buddies. Apparently some things never change, as I well recall the feeling that author Taylor Plimpton describes of being out in the night and thrilled by all of the possibilities it presents. My nights on the town took place some years ago, yet Plimpton's writing managed to reach out and draw me back to those aimless late evenings when it was more than enough just to be young, free and have a twenty in your pocket.

One of the surprises of this quasi-memoir is how well written it is. Plimpton's descriptions about the thrill embedded in being out in the New York night are dead on. Take this for instance, "It is an obsession for me, this night. And it is not the alcohol that calls, or the drugs, or even the sex (far too infrequent). No, I am in love with possibility. Tonight, I cannot help but think, tonight could be the night. Because heading out on the town, you never know what will happen. It could be anything, everything, and whatever it is, it is not this, this whining, blue computer screen in front of me..."

If you ever 'made the scene,' anywhere, consider picking up up this book. If you ever made the New York scene, then this is a must read.

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