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Neon Angel


Lots of news from Tony O’Neill, leading light of the Offbeat revolution. Neon Angel: Memoirs of a Runaway, which he co-wrote with Cherie Currie, is published in the States on 16 March. His new novel, Sick City, comes out in July on both sides of the Pond. This is what Dan Fante has to say about it:

Tony O’Neill writes about the Hollywood I know as well as any writer alive. His characters are a punch in the face, scorchingly real. His dialogue is note-perfecest and could only have been lived in the moment-by-moment life of one who has sat on a curb and pondered his next jive and shuck while searching for cigarette butts.

Tony has also written a piece in New York Press, following news of Corey Haim‘s death:

They say there are certain inevitabilities in life. As the old cliché goes taxes and death are two of them, and here’s another: As soon as a celebrity dies of a drug overdose, Dr. Drew Pinsky will appear on my television screen before the body has even had time to cool, trying to sell whatever reality show crap he’s hustling this week. Corey Haim died this morning of an overdose. If Dr Drew hasn’t already booked himself on The View before I am even done typing this, I’m taking bets on how long it is before he appears, like a grave robber relieving the corpse of gold teeth, to give his usual sales pitch, all dressed up as a faux-concerned “Although Corey Haim wasn’t a patient of mine, blah blah blah” speech. I have many problems with Dr. Drew. The first is that he is rather indiscriminate about who he decides is an addict. Anybody who has ever smoked pot, drank booze or even had sex is apparently an addict, so long as they are desperate enough to debase themselves on one of his reality shows.

As if all this were not enough, Digging the Vein, Tony’s classic debut, features among the 13 best novels about drugs and he will be reading alongside Stephen Elliott and Lynsey Griswold at Angels & Kings (500 East 11th Street New York, NY 10009-4603) on 10 April.

First posted: Friday, March 12th, 2010.

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