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The "Sex and the City" columnist for the New York Observer documents the social scene of modern-day Manhattan. The reader gets an introduction to "Modelizers," the men who only have eyes for models, as well as a more common species, the "Toxic Bachelor." Reading like a society novel gone downtown and askew, Sex and the City is a comically sordid look at status and ambition and the many characters consumed by the sexual politics of the '90s. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"We're leading sensory saturated lives," announces jetsetting photographer and playboy Peter Beard in a roundtable discussion of menages a trois, setting the tone of opulent debasement that suffuses this collection of Bushnell's punchy, archly knowing and sharply observed sex columns from the New York Observer. Prowling the modish clubs, party circuit and weekend getaways of rich and trendy New York society (most of whose denizens are identified by pseudonyms), Bushnell offers a brash, radically unromantic perspective. She visits a sex club and dates a Bicycle Boy ("the literary romantic subspecies" whose patron saints are George Plimpton and Murray Kempton). But in most chapters she keeps to the sidelines, deploying instead her alter-ego Carrie (like the author, a blonde writer from Connecticut in her mid-30s), whose sweet if feckless romance with Mr. Big?a nondescript power player?serves as a foil for the hilarious, unsentimentalized misadventures of her peers. These include model-chasers like Barkley, 25, a painter with the face of a Botticelli angel whose parents pay for his SoHo junior loft, and Tom Peri, the "emotional Mayflower," who ferries newly dumped women to higher emotional ground and is then invariably dumped. The effect is that of an Armistead Maupin-like canvas tinged with a liberal smattering of Judith Krantz. Collected in one volume, Bushnell's characters grow generic, but in small doses these essays are brain candy that will appeal equally to urban romantics and anti-romantics.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've watched all the Sex and the City episodes and it is really interesting to see where the episodes come from. For a sex and the city buff it's a great read. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2013 by Jamie Harper
it arrived on time and i was happy with its condition. it shows a interesting side to where and how sex and the city came to bePublished on March 15 2013 by Shoegal818
Not at all as witty, interesting or entertaining as the TV show. One of the few exceptions where the book actually isn't better.Published on April 28 2011 by WaterRat
This book lacks structure, and often makes no sense at all.
I love sex and the city, so clearly I had to read the book, I was disappointed. Read more
Alright, so I love the series. I thought, hey the book should be awesome. I understand the book came out first, but I don't know how the show was "based on the book by... Read morePublished on March 31 2005 by Yvette
Being an avid fan of the series, I decided I had to have the book. What a disappointment. The characters are not even remotely similar to the series and all the witty reparatee... Read morePublished on May 18 2004
This book is not like the TV series. It is full of useless characters. It jumps from one story line to the next without developing the characters. Read morePublished on April 6 2004
I wanted to demand my money back - I kept reading the book expecting for it to get better, to somehow justify all the hype I've heard about the HBO series, but it was, in a word,... Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Maria S
This book was probably one of the worst books I've ever read! It so poorly written! (Good thing Bushnell was NOT a writer for the show!)
Take a pass on this book!!