Bücherrezension: Josh Kilmer-Purcell: I am not myself these days – A memoir

I know, I know: drag queens are supposed to be sooo funny and witty. And who could resist the adventures of a day time worker and a night time overachiever in drag who falls in lover with a twisted hooker? Well, I obviously can.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell just moved to New York and spends his nights in the clubs of New York being Miss Aqua and drinking far too much vodka, and he sobers up during his day time job in the advertorial industry while he bickers around with his fag hag Linda. During one of those drunken nights he meets Jack, who takes him home and meets him again the next day. But Jack isn’t a doctor with a pager, he’s a state-of-the-art male hooker who excels in SM. Josh moves in with Jack and they start of having a relationship.
While there are a lot of funny moments when drag queens, hookers and clients meet, the main issue of the book remains the too many vodka’s of Josh and Josh’s abuse of other substances like crack. So either one of them is always intoxicated. And instead of good dialogues there are a lot of monologues of Josh but hardly any insights concerning Jack. He remains to be the mysterious prostitute.

It’s a shame that this book happens to be mainly a narration of mishaps and embarrassing moments instead of the development of a relationship that probably will end unhappily. Kilmer has his moments and shows great insight in the human nature, whether this nature is hidden in drag of in jeans, but he fails the reader in convincing me that his characters are more than just stereotypes. So, no recommendations for this book. And it won’t get a special place in my bookshelf.


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