Permanent Midnight

Permanent Midnight

A Memoir

eBook - 2015
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Jerry Stahl's seminal memoir of drug addiction and a career in Hollywood, Permanent Midnight is a classic along the lines of Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn. Illuminating the self-loathing and self-destruction of an addict's inner life, Permanent Midnight follows Stahl through the dregs of addiction and into sobriety. In 1998, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Maria Bello starred in a film version of Permanent Midnight to much acclaim. Nic Sheff, author of Tweak, wrote the introduction to this edition.
Publisher: [United States] : Rare Bird Books : Made available through hoopla, 2015
ISBN: 9781942600138
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Nov 08, 2015

"What I learned, once again, was that working in television without hard narcotics was absolutely laughable."
Jerry Stahl is a writer who also dabbled in pornography and McDonald's. His best known gig is writing for 80s TV shows like "Alf" and "Moonlighting." His second best known gig is doing drugs. Like, a lot of drugs. Hard drugs. "Permanent Midnight" is his memoir of this period and while you could describe it as harrowing, Stahl adopts a rather inappropriate jaunty tone that makes it hard to take seriously. He mostly comes off as a jerk with little regard for anyone else. He has a kid and titles one chapter "Huggies 'n' Heroin." Hilarious. You can only read so many of these books before wondering what the point is. Yeah, you did a lot of drugs. Big deal. Made into a decent film with Ben Stiller as Stahl.

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