A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Orlandito Dito Montiel son of Orlando a Nicaraguan immigrant and an Irish mother grew wild in the streets of Astoria Queens pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the c

  • Title: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
  • Author: Dito Montiel Allen Ginsberg Bruce Weber
  • ISBN: 9781560259602
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • Orlandito Dito Montiel, son of Orlando, a Nicaraguan immigrant, and an Irish mother, grew wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times Square whore houses Kids from nowhere going nowhere This is theOrlandito Dito Montiel, son of Orlando, a Nicaraguan immigrant, and an Irish mother, grew wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times Square whore houses Kids from nowhere going nowhere This is the quintessentially American story of a young man s hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and of the loyalties that bind him to a violent past and to the flawed and desperate saints that have guided him Dito s father, Antonio our insane warrior hero, Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Ginsberg and all the others, the drunks, coke heads, junkies, the insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, Now Dito remember, in life you gotta be crazy.

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    1. Dito Montiel Allen Ginsberg Bruce Weber

      Born in New York City, he came into the public eye after the breakup of his hardcore punk band Major Conflict Later, Montiel would gain notoriety in 1989 when Geffen Records signed his newly formed outfit Gutterboy to a 1 million record deal an unheard of sum at the time The band was dropped after its debut and was dubbed one of the most successful unsuccessful bands in rock history

    632 thoughts on “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”

    1. After just finishing the book, I just have to spread the word about its sheer awesomeness It just touched me There were little bits in chapters or entire chapters as a whole that are just beautifully touching a chord, a chord of melancholy, of sadness, but of truth and beauty too of life and what really is or should be important And I understand now, maybe not completely, but , that in times of overwhelming joy, immobile sadness, hysterical laughter, absolute fear, and sometimes just perfect qui [...]


    2. Man, does Dito Montiel have talent Raw, wild, uniquely his talent Brilliance with words However, like Ginsberg, I must admit this book lacked cohesion it felt scattered.


    3. Having recently finished this book I felt compelled to say a few words, express my views, or in other words, offer my thoughts on this memoir.Dito Montiel has pieced together random thoughts and meandering poetic verse, in a collection of stories designed to reflect his life as he see s it There is no sense of style, organization, or even a general flow to his writing Contradiions abound, the reader is tossed from one setting to the next, from one time frame to another, but somehow it works Dito [...]


    4. All in all I really enjoyed the book A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints My only criticism would be that it is just another road book written in the style of Kerouac Dito Montiel has great stories to tell but I feel they would be much stronger if he could tell them in his own voice and not that of Kerouac There were an abundance of parallels between this book and On the Road even down to the replacement of Charlie Parker for Chet Atkins I do however look forward to reading of his work.


    5. I feel like I really messed up, but that s why I wrote all this craziness, anyway I wrote it because people change and people leave, and new things come along Dito Dito writes of his life as a thuggish guy from Astoria who s band Gutterboy became in their words the most successful unsuccessful band in history But what this is really about, the saints referred to in the title, are all the freinds and would be freinds he knew along the way who stood on the sidelines, but couldn t join in A beautif [...]


    6. Great, great great look back at a crazy youth lived to the max in Queens and NYC.It made me reflect on my own wild youthful days when your friends are your family and their flaws are why you love them and they love you Ditto reflects without judgments on the passions of his youthful days spent without a plan and lived according to the whims of emotion, whiskey and the current love of his life Rock on


    7. This didn t have the most coherent narrative, but I kept reading for the sheer joy of the voice Dito Montel s misadventures in the 90s make for some engaging reading It also includes pictures, and Dito isn t too hard on the eyes Note that the movie and the book have absolutely nothing in common.


    8. In fairness, I was listening to this on CD and not reading the book But after the second of 5 discs, he seemed to be repeating himself and his stories, so I gave up Also, the last book on CD I listened to was The Other Wes Moore, which was engaging, well told, and read by the author so the bar was set really high.


    9. Dito Montiel s autobiography attempts to be a modern day Kerouac novel It has great moments, especially all of the stuff from his adolescent days in Astoria The chapter entitled Clowns is hysterical This is a rare instance where the movie is actually better than the book.


    10. I read the book after seeing the movie and was a bit disappointed I think I liked the story of the movie better, as well as the fact that it was a continuous story However, there were parts of the book that were absolutely superb and that make it worth reading.


    11. It was ok I didn t hate it, but I don t really feel like I learned anything from it or was impacted by it in any way He says outright that he s going for a disjointed, unedited feel with the book, and he certainly achieved that It was like reading a stranger s moderately interesting blog.



    12. I thought this book was really good It s about a group of kids, mainly one, named Dito Montiel It s basically an autobiography of his experiences growing up in my neighborhood, Astoria, Queens I saw the movie and once I found out it was a book, had to read it It was a lot different than the movie which I found mildly disappointing, but to hear about his experiences in the 80 s all around the country somewhere in his character i felt like there was something i could relate to, besides the fact he [...]


    13. The author was really annoying, there was no structure at all to the book, and after a while, it seems he forgot that he was writing about his saints and instead just starting writing random stories from his youth Seems like he thought he was awesome as a kid, whereas most of us probably thought he was annoying and wished he would go away It scares me that he s writing another book.


    14. I read this book because of seeing the movie I liked the movie very much, but the book is quite different For one thing, the movie is drawn from a very small part of the novel I liked certain aspects of the book, but at times had a hard time understanding the language and what the author was trying to say I guess you have to grow up in that kind of environment and know the culture.


    15. I ve read this book numerous times and have had to repurchase it several times because I lend it to people and they don t want to part with it That s ok because it s one of those books that I think of as a forever book So real and raw It makes you feel.


    16. Rough and tumble memoir about a kid runnin the streets of Astoria, Queens and eventually singin some songs, taking a few pix and becoming a friend of Bruce Weber and Allen Ginsberg Only in New York Yeah, really.


    17. Dito Montiel wrote a memoir that recalls his rock and roll start in the streets of New York I found myself looking forward to finding out what kind of misadventure Dito would get into with every chapter.



    18. after reading about ditto s lifestyle can kind of understand how scattered brained this book is.with that said i really enjoyed it.





    19. I liked it Not necessarily the greatest writer in the world, but by the end, you know what s important to him, and you agree.


    20. Much significant if you grew up in a NYC bourough or want to understand what it is like the audio of the book is also excellent




    21. Romanzo simpatico in una New York abbondantemente vista in altri romanzi e serie tv.Ha una struttura interessante quindi una stella in pi.


    22. I read A Guide to Recognizing your Saints by Dito Montiel a couple of years ago I bought it, along with the DVD of the film adaptation, at the same time on The film has Rosario Dawson, Channing Tatum, Shia LaBeouf, and playing the older version of the title character, Robert Downey Jr.Now, this title seemed to have been popping up a lot in my peripheries around then, and something about it had always drawn my attention When I spotted RDJ was in the film, I decided to make the purchase, and get t [...]


    23. Honestamente, esperaba mucho mas de este libro Cuando vi el filme por primera vez qued perplejo, me dije a mi mismo que era una gran historia Luego lo vi tres veces m s para cavar en los personajes, el trama, los escenarios y los dialogos.Luego vino la curiosidad por el libro ya que el mismo Montiel es el productor del filme Desafortunadamente, me decepcion Cada cap tulo est escrito alrededor de los personajes m s cercanos al autor, quienes son llamados santos, imagino que es parte de su purgato [...]


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