In 2005, Bill Clegg, the handsome, gay cofounder of a thriving Manhattan literary agency, went on a two-month crack spree that destroyed his life. He was 33. It was, as he put it in his first memoir, 2010’s Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, his “Jesus year.” That book is a stylish record of his swan dive to rock bottom. It’s very readable, in the sense that you’d have to be a Martian to find it boring. It’s short, there’s lots of sex, and whenever a worried friend pops up or remorse sets in there’s always a “thick cloud of crack smoke” to put things in perspective. Mr. Clegg spends much of the book half-naked in hotel rooms, getting high and drinking vodka with “my towel cinched low on my hips.” Usually he has a “partner in crime,” and when he doesn’t he turns to porn. Crack makes him paranoid: he sees DEA agents everywhere, hears footsteps, infers conspiracies. He believes the cabdrivers of Manhattan are malevolently leagued against him. “Lose nothing or lose everything,” he thinks, but ultimately he just loses a lot. As well as $40,000 in savings, he loses his friends, his clients, his business, his reputation, his libido, his boyfriend and 40 pounds. The debauchery is punctuated by bathetic episodes in which he tries to get new holes pierced in his belt; his pants don’t fit him anymore. Read More
Rumor Roundup: An Uber Blunder, Tickets to Dick Costolo’s Gun Show, and David Karp Is Having the Best Week EverOMG, Don’t Stop: People of ‘Very Religious’ U.S. Cities Love PornYahoo! Can’t Stop Acquiring Companies, Now Wants Hulu
Ray Kelly’s Spokesman Says Kelly Clueless About Recent PollAnthony Weiner Parachutes Into the Queens Newspaper ScenePeter Vallone and John Liu May Form Unorthodox Alliance
Here Are the 2013 Frieze London and Frieze Masters Gallery ListsGalleristNY and The New York Observer in VenicePack Heavy for Your European Art Trip, Get Free Stuff
The Complete History of Amanda Bynes's BreakdownTo Do Friday: Top GunJonathan Martin Named Political Correspondent at The New York Times
Will Citi Bikes Be Even More Reviled Than Their Racks? Is That Even Possible?Snug Like a Bug With Panoramic East River Views: Paul Rudolph's Penthouse Finds a TenantCould a Mega Mansion Be In the Works On East 64th Street?
New York's Most Beloved Taxi DriversThe Complete History of Amanda Bynes's BreakdownThe Great GoogaMooga Leaves Bad Taste In Brooklyn
Rocco’s Tacos Signs for 14,500 Square Feet at 339 Adams Street in Downtown BKProtravel International Stays Grounded at 515 Madison AvenueFLSV Quadruples Office at 1359 Broadway