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Permanent Midnight: A Memoir

Permanent Midnight: A Memoir

Jerry Stahl

ISBN: 9780976082200

Now a motion picture starring Ben Stiller, this is the autobiography of a former television writer who lands a job penning what he considers to be crappy but lucrative TV scripts, and descends into a quasi-functional heroin addiction.

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"An extraordinary accomplishment. . . . A remarkable book that will be of great value to people who feel isolated, alienated and overwhelmed by the circumstances of their lives."--Hubert Selby, Jr., author of "Last Exit to Brooklyn"" Stahl] is a better-than-Burroughs virtuoso."--Thomas Mallon, "The New Yorker""Original, appalling, indelible picture of a man trying to swim and drown at the same time. Stahl has nerve, heart, a language of his own and a ghastly, riotous humor."--Tobias Wolff, author of "This Boy's Life"""Permanent Midnight" is one of the most harrowing and toughest accounts ever written in this century about what it means to be a junkie in America, making Burroughs look dated and Kerouac appear as the nose-thumbing adolescent he was."--"Booklist"A searing confessional infused with the darkest humor, "Permanent Midnight" chronicles the opiated abyss of a Hollywood screenwriter and his formidable climb into sobriety.Made into a major motion picture starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, "Permanent Midnight" is revered by critics and an ever-growing cult of devoted readers as one of the most compelling contemporary memoirs.Jerry Stahl was born in Pittsburgh. He is author of the novels "Perv: A Love Story," "Plainclothes Naked" and "I, Fatty," the paperback edition of which will appear in 2005. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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