Billy Childish an "underground" legend, has emerged as one of the true renaissance men of his, or any other, generation. His dedication to poetry, music, and painting has been astounding, and now he has managed to produce two novels, of which this one is the second. Childish's prose style, while contemporary, also will remind the reader of Knut Hamsun, the great Norwegian writer, and Dostoyevski's Notes from the Underground. This novel enters the pain of youth, taking you right into the middle of an anguished young misfit. However, there is sly subtle humor which constantly runs through the undertones of the book, sometimes inducing out and out laughter. And, as with all of Childish's work, Notebooks of a Naked Youth leaves one with a sense of, despite bitterness, a search for something more than the mundane, something perhaps beautiful.