by Marc Spitz
Marc Spitz assumed that if he lived like his literary and rock ‘n’ roll heroes he would become a great artist, too. He conveniently overlooked the fact that many of them died young, broke, and miserable. In his candid, wistful, touching, and hilarious memoir Poseur, the music journalist, playwright, author, and blogger recounts his misspent years as a suburban kid searching for authenticity, dangerous fun, and druggy, downtown glory: first during New York’s last era of risk and edge, the pre-gentrification ‘90s, and finally, as a flamboyant and notorious rock writer, partying and posing during the music industry’s heady, decadent last gasp.
Part profane confidential and part sweetly frank coming-of-age tale, this dirty, witty memoir finds Spitz careening through the scene, befriending and sometimes clashing with cultural icons like Courtney Love, Jeff Buckley, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Chloe Sevigny, Kim Deal, The Dandy Warhols, Guns N’ Roses, Ryan Adams, Paul Rudd, Coldplay, Pavement, Peter Dinklage, Julie Bowen, The Strokes, Trent Reznor, Chuck Klosterman, Interpol, and The Killers, as well as meeting heroes like Alan Ginsberg, Shirley Clarke, Joe Strummer, and Morrissey. Along the way, he finds long lost literary guru Gordon Lish is a relative, and erstwhile pal and sensation JT Leroy is an even bigger poseur.
Spitz refuses to give up the romantic ghost until a post 9/11 breakdown and an improbable new love (fellow music writer Lizzy Goodman) finally help him strike the hardest pose of all: his true self.
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March 12, 2011
by James Fitzgerald