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  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House (June 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976082209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976082200
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I used to think that there was no way out, that I would just have to kill myself. Read the first page
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Like many drug memoirs, Permanent Midnight starts off with a great premise: man is young, man is poor, man meets drugs, man falls in love with drugs, man gets sudden rush of money, man takes too much drugs, man learns to take too much drugs and still make money, man gets tired of taking too much drugs and making too much money, man moves to Arizona.
And like many drug memoirs the end is grueling and slow. Near the end of the book it seems the writer is thinking more about his paycheck than his work. But I would definetly buy this book just for the first 80%.
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This book was PHENOMENAL! I haven't read a book this good since I picked up American Psycho, and that was probably about a year ago. (American Psycho is better, though. Nothing beats Patrick Bateman, ever.) I was addicted to this book. Jerry Stahl made me feel his confusion and his pain. It was as if he jammed the neelde into MY vein, and we rode the horse in Chinatown together.
I feel like I know Jerry Stahl now. I feel like we're really good friends. I think I want to give him a phone call and talk about Mother's Day. And then I think I want to go to the park, giggle with him, and point at geese. Oh, the fun! Like, Oh my GAWD Jerry! Let's go to tha Mall! Haha, I really need sleep.
This was such a good book. It will get under your skin. You will NOT be able to put it down. But let's not put the cart before the horse, or we'll shoot ourself in the foot... Don't see the movie! As much as I love Ben Stiller (a guilty pleasure?), this was just not good. And I thought Mr. Stiller did a wonderful job of acting like a junky. I kept thinking, "this can't be the guy that keeps shooting horses in his recent movies..." Maybe he really liked doing this movie... maybe they're all strange, cryptic references to Permanent Midnight: The Movie.
Anyway, I'll stop rambling. Read this book! Read it and love it, beeyotch.
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Some of us stop off at McDonald's for an egg mcmuffin and coffee on the way to work. Not Jerry, his is an assortment of chemicals that make a big mac look healthy. I can't write an e-mail if I haven't had enough sleep and somehow this guy was able to write tv shows nodding off on heroin. His honesty will pull you in. If you want to know the truth about what it's really like to make it in Hollywood, read this book.
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This book is about a subject that I did not really want to read about (drug addiction) but the way it was told made me love this book.
Jerry has a great sense of humor in his writing. He is self effacing while sharing these intimate details of his life. He is humorous, not jokey and writes extremely well.
I was pulled into his tale and really enjoyed every minute of it even though this is a horror story of sorts. You will not be able to put it down.
Avoid the movie they made of this book starring Ben Stiller. The movie is HORRIBLE and not at all like the book.
I look forward to Jerry's other books.
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Permanent Midnight is a deservedly praised masterpiece of a memoir, the chronicle of a man with enormous imagination and writing talent who is hell-bent on overcoming his sense of inadequacy with "success" and in the process engages in a Faustian Bargain, writing "Alph" and other inane television comedies, resulting in his guilt, his defensive, sarcastic armor, his self-loathing, and his need to medicate that self-disgust with drugs.
One of the memoir's major themes is the seductiveness of wit and its accompaniment, brilliant language, a double-edged sword that razzle-dazzles us but is also an instrument of cynicism and self-flagellation, which screams for self-medication. We sympathize with brilliant wits like Jerry Stahl who tend to have addictive personalities because they are constantly seeking some kind of medication to soothe the soul's inevitable ache, the result of their razor-edged wit turning most harshly against themselves.
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How many books about junkiehood are there out there? Let us count... Many, many, many, and I've read a majority of them. However this one was different, as it seemed to speak directly to me. That may sound slightly self-centered, but as someone who has been a heroin addict in LA, I can tell you, this book is right on the money. The glitzy, seemingly mindless Hollywood types, the dope-slinging zombies down at Sixth and Alvarado, all of it- it's all here. When I feel the need to remind myself that someone out there truly understands me, I read this book. And I most definitely reccomend it to anyone, past or present junkie or not. Those who have lived through similar experiences will nod and smile in recognition, those who haven't will hopefully be enlightened.
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While no one would argue that Mr. Stahl is a very talented writer, I just could not get through this book. The first half was pretty good, then he went on and on with his addictions (he has a lot of those!) and even describing the "taste" he would get for his drugs. While this is all well and good, I wanted to hear more about the rest of his life as well. I think "99 Martinis" deals with the writer-angst better and that "The Lost Weekend" is a better addiction-angst novel.
It's not a bad book at all. It's just a little overbearing.
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