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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: A Memoir [Paperback]

Dito Montiel
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16 Feb 2007
Orlandito "Dito" Montiel, son of Orlando, a Nicaraguan immigrant, and an Irish mother, grew wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times Square whore houses--"Kids from nowhere going nowhere." This is the quintessentially American story of a young man's hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and of the loyalties that bind him to a violent past and to the flawed and desperate saints that have guided him: Dito's father, Antonio "our insane warrior hero," Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Ginsberg and all the others, the drunks, coke-heads, junkies, the insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, "Now Dito remember, in life you gotta be crazy."
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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Revolver Books - A division of Revolver Entertainment Ltd; Film tie-in edition edition (16 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905978006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905978007
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dito Montiel, his work, and his band Gutterboy have been featured in cover stories in such magazines as In Fashion and Details. His articles, interviews, poetry, etc. have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines. He lives in Santa Monica, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So far its excellent 29 Sep 2013
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Having watched this film several times I was keen to read the book it was based on. Its quite different but enjoyable. Probably would have been better to read this first but I think I'll still enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an old and new fan 18 April 2001
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I was a big fan of the writers original work with his band Gutterboy. When I first heard about the book i was very excited to get it. I had criticisms all throughout reading it. All until i came onto one chapter in particular. Since that chapter I've changed my tone and can honestly say i haven't read a more beautifully simple, easy to read book that has inspired me more than this one. It seems you have taken your advice from Allen Ginsberg and taken it well. "Most information-Least Syllables." Thank you for this book Dito. Put out more MUSIC!!!!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neo-Beat Redux 26 Jun 2003
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Montiel's memoir brought back so many amazing memories of a time in New York that simply no longer exists. The kind of man Dito was also no longer exists, making us girls shudder at the types we are left with (i.e. stock-market mongering, CNN watching, Sex-in-the-City obsessed, Cappucinoists). Montiel's coming-of-age is so engrossing that it left me yearning for a more interesting, diverse and, well, fun New York. His prose is as honest as it gets and his stories startling in its violence and courage. And yet, the tender tone in his nostalgic love of New York brought it home. Brilliant!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Narcissistic 8 April 2001
By ruby sali - Published on
Sure there are some "moments" in this book, but it contradicts itself so often that I was left wondering if Mr. Montiel originally wrote this piece as a fan/love letter to himself. The author spends the majority of his time trying to convice us what a tough but tender guy he is who has suffered through some tough breaks. Why did the record company drop him anyway? And those sad girlfriends he portrays...why did they leave him and why were they sad? He reminded me of the Tom character from Robert Altman's "Nashville"....a sick but poetic fellow who says (or writes) whatever he needs to in order to feed his insatiable ego.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my new guide 10 April 2001
By laurene - Published on
i just finished A guide To Recognizing your saints. It's early in the morning and I'm starting it all over again. When I finish I'm headed to New York. This book may have changed my life. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Title scared me but a total blast!!!! 3 Jan 2002
By K. Hughes - Published on
I never write these and it is a pain to do so. But for the ex-punk rockers and all Hard core scenes of all types. For the true holy person that doesn't walk around being full of lost traditions that make people kill each other. For anyone that loves to laugh at the magic of the pleasant-absurd. For people that love the heart of true N.Y. For party people new and reformed. For these people: READ THIS NOW!!! I know I sound like a ad but it was a blast. I expected nothing and hopefully didn't ruin it for you by raising your expectations. FUN and ALIVE. The End. K
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