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Hornito: My Lie Life [Anglais] [Relié]

Mike Albo


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3 octobre 2000

"Okay, right now I have the ability to cleanly, statistically analyze my sexual life into a pie chart, and I feel as if this ability is only going to last a little longer before I fall back into my mindless sexual trough, so I have to write this down fast...."

If love doesn't stay, if no love is pure and platinum and lasting, okay. But Mike Albo, rueful and confused, keeps grasping for the vaporous ideal of love -- trying to find something solid, a love he felt he was promised a long time ago.

One summer in the East Village, in the hot, intoxicating bars, in the thick of beautiful men, Mike meets Eric. Eric is a masterpiece -- the irresistible, unattainable go-go boy. Eric has a boyfriend. Eric is untroubled by conscience. But Mike and Eric have a hallucinogenic affair.

As he ricochets from euphoria to despair, Mike does what any good student might do: he looks to the past for clues to the present. On break from his exhaustingly libidinous schedule, he goes home to visit his parents in the suburban town in which he was born. Tracing his emotional and sexual evolution -- including his obedient and weird attempts to meet the requirements of suburban normalcy -- Mike tries to answer the questions that plague each of us: "Am I okay? Whom should I love?"

Hornito is brutally, searingly honest, but it is also the work of a uninhibited comic. Mike Albo offers a stripped portrait of the young gay man in all his interior complexity, a tale at once wholly compelling and utterly naked. It's desperate. But there's hope. And it's also violently funny.


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Mike Albo is a writer and a performer. He grew up mostly in the suburbs of Virginia. He has performed three solo shows, Mike Albo; Spray; and Please Everything Burst, each cowritten with Virginia Heffernan. Selections from these shows appear in Extreme Exposure: Solo Performance Texts from the 20th Century, edited by Jo Bonney. He also wrote a play called Sexotheque. He is a founder of the reknowned Dazzle Dancers. He lives in Brooklyn right now and wants to make sure you know he hasn't settled into that pleasant, calm, brownstoney life that these book bios always seem to imply.


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Amazon.com: 3.6 étoiles sur 5  18 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Buy vodka head to CVS hunker in the corner and READ ALBO 25 octobre 2000
Par Michael - Publié sur Amazon.com
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One of the best books I've read in a long time -- much better than Me Talk Pretty -- but Albo writes in an entirely different style. While Sedaris recounts humourous events, Albo recognizes the humor in what being single, gay, and in NY really is about. I'm giving this to everyone I date from now on -- with the words "If this ain't you move along!" Albo, whether he thinks so or not, has it all figured out. My only complaint is I read it in one night and there's nothing left -- where's book two?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I CAN'T PUT THIS DOWN 24 octobre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I haven't laughed this hard in years. I haven't had greater insight into the passion and sadness and speedy joy of being in my twenties. The main character in this book basically just gets it - his loneliness and efforts to find love are so amazingly similar to mine. And they're also hilarious. But Hornito not a "humor" book like Art Buchwald or Steve Martin: it's a genuine, truthful tour of the insanity of being single and the most unspoken parts the heart. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS! People compare Albo to David Sedaris, but Albo is SOOO much better!! This book is INCREDIBLE.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Much more than a witty diversion! 19 novembre 2000
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Mike Albo has talent to burn. This adroitly written diary/memoir/fantasia of the past and current struggles of a young man to establish a meaningful relationship in a world that is centered on transience is at once humorous (even hilarious) and soulful (even sad). Albo cleverly writes as though this were an autobiogrphical confession, so much so that it is difficult not to buy in to every bizarre recall and projection. How much of this is fantasy, how much reportage? To this reader there is no discerning that line. Much of main character Mike's recounting of his childhood sexual fantasies and acting out sound like terrific stand-up comedian material, but since they are so carefully woven into the fabric of his young adult escapades as the novel speeds along, they gain credence, and in making all of this story credible, Albo forces us to examine the sociology of the last quarter of the 20th Century. There is a lot of stern observation about our status as social beings. And I think this is the test of a really fine humorist: Make 'em laugh like crazy until they go home and, in solitude, think and even cry a bit. A solid Bravo for Hornito!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Clever Writing of a Too Familiar Story 16 décembre 2000
Par Ricky Hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mike Albo can spot a funny moment and can describe it deftly. This novel, Hornito, is full of these small moments that add up to a light and easy read. The characters are never developed but that could be because the main character never really connects with anyone but it does leave a film of shallowness over the entire surface of the novel. This may work better as a series of monologues but does not entirely hold together as a novel. The territory covered in this book has been covered before by other gay authors. The humour helps create the illusion of originality but it does feel, at times, that one has been here before.
The novel, though, does come together nicely toward the end. There are no big revelations but the small discoveries are handled in a sweetly touching manner that does ring true to the character and to life. It is not a bad read but neither is it a great read. It is a light novel that will fill some time with its humour and then dissappear forever.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding depiction of a life that lots of guys lived 27 novembre 2000
Par Karlis Streips - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I spent a thoroughly delightful afternoon with this book and a series of mugs of beer, and I can fully agree with other interviewers that it is an absolute treasure. Relationship problems? You don't know from relationship problems, but Mike Albo does. Literary talent? Doesn't get much better. Making people remember what childhood and adolescence was like for a gay person in America? Oh, yeah. I can't use this book to put down Sedaris, who in my view is also hilarious, in a different way -- "Santaland Diaries", for example, must not be read while eating, because spitting up with laughter is a distinct possibility. I can put up both hands to recommend both Sedaris and Albo. I hope both of them continue to write more and more and more.
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