By Jay McInerney
Initially released through Atlantic per 30 days Press in 1988, and now reissued by way of Grove Press, The tale of My Life by means of Jay McInerney is a hilarious, sobering portrait of Eighties ny urban that includes twenty-something actress Alison Poole and her coterie of club-hopping, coke-addicted acquaintances. during this breathlessly paced novel, McInerney revisits the nocturnal ny of Bright lighting, giant City. Alison Poole is a budding actress already fatally good versed in hopping the golf equipment, buying Chanel, falling out and in of lust, and abusing different people’s charge cards. As Alison races towards emotional breakdown, McInerney provides us a humorous but oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to phrases with an international during which every little thing is authorized and not anything particularly issues.
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I think all artists get ahead like that. Now some speak of an abstract spirituality. I never had to go to prison MIGUEL ALGARÍN 39 to learn; I did not get an education behind bars like so many Nuyorican poets. That is not my experience. CDH: But did life in the United States help you to become a writer? MA: Of course. Do you know what it was to be 12 or 13 years old and to go out of my apartment—6D—at 725 FDR Drive, to turn toward the West, and go through where the Jewish people lived and through where the Polish people and the Hungarians and the Ukrainians lived?
In the stories I try to imply rather than explain. I don’t know if I achieve it, but that’s what I try to do. JACK AGÜEROS 25 CDH: I found that in the collection of stories titled Dominoes there is an evident stylistic intention, particularly in regard to the form of the story, and there is an economy of the narrative elements. Do you think maybe that has to do with the fact that you also write poetry and for the theater? Your stories go straight to the point and you build up the structure carefully.
CDH: Really? Do you think the American experience is also crucial for those painters? JA: Sure, because one is inserted within one’s culture at home, but at the same time one gets on a subway and has five of the greatest museums in the world within the space of one mile. So nobody can stay closed in within his own culture in the United States. Maybe that is good and maybe it isn’t, I don’t know. What I do know is that it is impossible to stay isolated within JACK AGÜEROS 31 one culture. This situation also gives everybody the opportunity of introspection, of thinking about one’s own culture at the same time that you can go out and get into contact with others.