I Am Not Myself These Days Author:Josh Kilmer-Purcell I Am Not Myself These Days is Josh Kilmer-Purcell's outrageously intimate memoir of a young man living a double life in the heady days and nights of mid-'90s New York City. As we follow Kilmer-Purcell through alcohol-fueled nights and a love affair with Jack, a crack-addicted male escort, he offers up an alternative universe whe... more »re normal is "a Normal Rockwell painting that, if you leaned in close, would discover is made up entirely of misfits."
By day, Josh drudges off to a Soho-based advertising firm where he creates ad campaigns for corporate clients. At night, he dons live goldfish to complete the look of Aqua, a 7-foot-tall award-winning drag queen who trolls gay clubs in search of her next drink/one night stand. In between, he spends his time trying to build a stable, loving relationship with someone whose beeping pager is a constant reminder of the pair's almost inevitable fate.
Yet even as Josh's escapades get increasingly absurd, Kilmer-Purcell is always there to remind us that the story we're reading is real, and that fundamental human emotions and desires are essentially universal. In the end, everyone just wants to be loved and to fit in somewhere. And while the lesson may seem hokey at times, Kilmer-Purcell's sharp wit rescues the memoir from becoming an exaggerated sob story: The night before any major holiday is always a blockbuster night at gay clubs. Thousands... across the city fortifying themselves for long trips home where they'll be met with awkward silences, stilted conversations and cousins with whom they'd experimented with decades ago.« less
Take a drug addicted, gay male, hooker from Southern Cali and a Midwestern alcoholic drag queen and pair them up for seven turbulent months living together in Midtown Manhattan and you get a mess; But an intriguing read nonetheless. Gave it 5*'s as it held my undivided attention until the end.
The cute cover drew me in and the sharp writing and witty dialogue kept me reading through this often-shocking look at the lifestyle of a drag queen. A peek into a world you might not know exists, this tale isn't for everyone.
It's hard to write a review of book that already has so many great reviews. For me the book was not only an enjoyable and exciting pastime but also an opportunity to read about a world completely foreign to me. The author's description of his life as a drag queen is not only captivating but also outrageous. It made me drop my mouth open in parts, shake my head but also laugh outloud. I'm so glad I had a chance to read this memoir and discover the world of drag queens.
One of the most FUN books I have ever read. I am not sure how Kilmer-Purcell weaves together a story that is all at once horrifying, hysterical, disgusting, and endearing, but he pulls it off. It is a great peak into a world many people never knew truly existed, and will keep you captivated in the ONE sitting you will read it in. The story at times perhaps seems sensationalized, but it is effective and affecting. Can't wait to read it again!