A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints


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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 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560259602
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/28/2006
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 650,978
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Dito Montiel, his work, and his band Gutterboy have been featured in cover stories in such magazines as In Fashion and Details. His articles, interviews, poetry, etc. have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines. He lives in Santa Monica, California.


Santa Monica, California

Place of Birth:

Astoria, New York, New York


High School

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kallos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this almost in one sitting. It's entertaining. Caught myself rolling my eyes a few times at the hyperbolic descriptions of wild times - had Montiel toned it down a bit, the credibility would have been stronger for me. That being said -- I believe nearly every word of this memoir, based on the context of the time. Some lives are just that incredible. I just found the "extreme wildness" angle distracting, comparing it in my mind to descriptive writers who have had longer periods of consistent wildness, and yet don't seem to get so "in-your-face" about it. What I liked best was the way Montiel's love for New York shows itself in his prose, and the spiritual nature he brings into his observations of events. There is also a refreshing lack of negativity in his storytelling.
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Now that you've read Dito's memoirs, reflecting the life of a New York punk rocker from Queens, be sure to check out Dito's first and most passionate foray into the maniacal world of 1980s punk rock. Hearkening back to the emergence of New York Hardcore, Dito found himself playing music along with members of the most uncompromising of New York Hardcore bands, namely Urban Waste and Kraut. With that, a vertiable supergroup of NYHC were born, and they were called 'MAJOR CONFLICT.' Recorded in 1983, the sheer brilliance of MAJOR CONFLICT'S 'SOUNDS LIKE 1983' enhanced CD will blow your mind. Includes the 1983 sessions, which have never before been released and offer you a glimpse into the wild and reckless world of New York Hardcore. Also features Major Conflict's sole release up until now, an elusive 7-inch made famous by its obscurity, as well as live songs recorded at institutions like A7, CBGB's and Max's Kansas City.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've waited all my life for something to move my generation the way I'm sure On The Road did it's and for me this is it. To compare anyone to good ol' Jack is sacrilidge I know but I feel this worthy. A great great book.