Dear Diary [Lesley Arfin, Chloe Sevigny] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Dear Diary is a collection of more than ten years of diary entries . Dear Diary has ratings and reviews. Pilouetta said: maybe it’s just me. maybe we got off to a bad start when she said she was punk in at t. VICE. The Design Issue |. by Lesley Arfin. |. Dec 1 , am. Dear Diary Dear Diary,. I’m in Long Island once again. Tonight for some strange.
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A collection of a girl’s funniest diary entries from 12 to 25 years old. She updates each entry by tracking down the people involved and asking awkward questions like, “Do you remember when I tried to beat you up? Sometimes they become new enemies. No matter who she talks to about the days we all discovered sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, on A collection of a girl’s funniest diary entries from 12 to 25 years old.
No matter who she talks to about the days we all discovered sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Boys are totally immature. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions about Dear Diaryplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 05, Pilouetta rated it did not like it Recommended to Pilouetta by: Sep 10, Valerie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: View all 3 comments. Apr 30, Liza Miller rated it liked it. I never had a raver phase. Should I be upset about that? And, unlike Arfin, I never want to show my diaries to anyone, let alone publish them for t Full disclosure: And, unlike Arfin, I never want to show my diaries to anyone, let alone publish them for the world to read.
The setup is actually pretty clever: Arfin goes through her old diaries, rehashing and reliving some of her most horrifying moments as a teenager, and also comments on them. Even more cringe-inducing, she interviews people who were involved with the often mortifying journal entries to get their take. I still refuse to go to the grocery store when I visit my parents in case Tommy Amoroso is visiting his parents and we run into each other in the produce section.
This wrinkle in the editorial process produces some fascinating results and new perspectives on what would otherwise be and still kind of is a whole lot of navel gazing.
To those readers, I say be grateful for the hard-earned wisdom that comes with age. Youth is only fully understandable and often only palatable in a rearview mirror. Sep 17, Kelly rated it did not like it Shelves: I was looking through the bookstore purchasing materials for my vacation rare treat to self when this book on display jumped out at me.
Recommendations on the back made it seem like it would be enjoyable, funny, and a speedy read.
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Well it was speedy. In this book Arfin takes diary entries from elementary school up to the present and pokes fun at them.
She also goes back to talk to people she wrote about to find out if they’re still jerks or whether they’ve mended their ways. The problem is that A I was looking through the bookstore purchasing materials for my vacation rare treat to self when this book on display jumped out at me. The problem is that Arfin seems like a bigger jerk than those she claims tortured her in school.
She’s petty and vindictive and isn’t someone that I would particularly want to know. While a book could still work under these conditions, this one doesn’t.
Arfin wants to appeal to reader nostalgia by recalling the awkwardness of youth, but with a glut of memoirs on the market, it should contain some insight into human nature. Instead of exploring her own faults and reasons for her decent into drug abuse, her defenses are raised so high that readers can see an insecurity that the author herself won’t admit exists.
By the end of the book, I found the author’s picture on the back cover was the perfect capper.
She is wearing sunglasses and blowing bubble gum to obscure what she looks like, her small arms tossed up in a faux gangster pose. Nov 03, matt. Lesley Arfin is not an extraordinary girl. She grew up a Jewish American Princess in Long Island, endured fear same cattiness and extreme self-consciousness all teenagers suffer through, became a punk, then a raver, then went off to college — and became a full-blown junkie.
How does someone go from kick line and crushes and mosh pits to Ecstasy and crystal meth and heroin? Balls is not what the book lacks. What dezr lacks is the ability to transcend mere autobiography. Arfin wants her experience to say something about adolescence in general: She and Arfin had a similar upbringing, except where Arfin descended into drugs, Sevigny went off and gave Vincent Gallo an on-camera blowjob.
Both are terrible mistakes — different kinds of mistakes, but mistakes nonetheless — and mistakes is what “Dear Diary” is about. Everyone arfon them, boys included.
The sear contributes to this effect: It was simply a choice. She just wants them to know what they might be getting into. Oct 26, Phyllis rated it it was ok Shelves: Do people still hate Lesley Arfin?
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This was a pretty tedious read, and the only thing I liked about it was the Vanessa Davis illustrations. I just don’t think there’s any way you can make your teenage diary interesting, even with lengthy annotations and interviews with former friends. Sometimes there’s tiny sparks of self-awareness and legit insight, but they’re quickly extinguished by the endless sludge tide of dissecting stupid fights the author had when she was 16 years old. Why do so many wr Do people still hate Lesley Arfin?
Why do so many writers who live in New York City think every single thing they say and do, no matter how mundane it is, is somehow compelling because they live in New York City?
There’s a lot of talk about how she hopes this book will help creative, neurotic young women avoid her mistakes, but since a lot of what she writes is cloaked in multiple artichoke layers of irony, I have no idea if she was being sarcastic or not.
Also, I irrationally hate the cover photo because Richard Kern is a hack and I wish aliens would abduct him and take him back to their home planet for study. Feb 17, Kate rated it it was ok Shelves: Lady Gaga fans put your paws up! I liked the format a lot. I liked that she took the entries straight out of her personal diaries and then reflected upon it from her older self and interviewed the people involved with those entries.
That was what made me stick with it and read it to the very end because Lesley Arfin has some big cajones for airing her personal laundry for all to see and read.
But and it’s a leslry one I didn’t l 2. But and it’s a big one I didn’t like her spoiled bratty romanticism of her druggy ways. I’ll admit I have a huge problem reading about drug addiction in memoirs for this reason alone. Sure, she admitted there’s nothing romantic about it, yet, she spent a ton of time dearr those memories.
I may not of come lelsey Long Island, but I did come from upstate New York and saw way too many of my friends especially those who were really fantastically artsy die from heroin diry. That’s why I never felt the urge to experiment with these kinds of drugs, even though they were prevelant in the punk rock and rave scenes, which I would frequent for the music.
However, even there I was considered an outcast for not experimenting enough.
Oh well, at least I’m still alive and I’m glad Lesley is too. View all 6 comments. Aug 02, Colleen Weatherly rated it it was ok.
Apr 22, Isabela Quintero rated it it was ok Shelves: Jan 31, Amelia rated it did not like it Shelves: I came across this book at a really cool bookstore in Baltimore where John Waters apparently picks up his fan mail. I’d not heard of Lesley Arfin, but apparently she writes for Rookie and I adore Rookie and the aforementioned bookstore was also selling copies of Rookie Yearbook One.
So I said, “What the hell” and decided to read it. And what a goddamned waste of time it was. Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe I had the world’s most uneventful adolescence. But this book pissed me o I came across this book at a really cool bookstore in Baltimore where John Waters apparently picks up his fan mail. But this book pissed me off. Literally all I got out of it was “I’m a rich white girl whose parents cover all my bills so I can go to Hampshire College and do all kinds of drugs.
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And even though I completely fuck up consistently, I somehow manage to land an internship with a magazine and write stuff in New York CIty and ugh why doesn’t anyone like me? She made an effort, in the afterward, to explain her point in publishing this dwar, but it really didn’t speak to me. And by no means do I mean to demonize addiction here.