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TN Read-Along #17: And I Don't Want To Live This Life

Submitted by on February 18, 2013 – 11:13 AM12 Comments


UPDATE! The discussion thread will open Monday 25 February. Vote below on whether/when you could do a live chat — and add any scheduling issues (i.e., "I'm west coast and couldn't do it at 7:30 PM ET") in the comments!

Deborah Spungen's "story of her daughter's murder" is available on Amazon as a book, or in Kindle form. I'll probably open the discussion thread in a couple of weeks; watch this space for updates. (We might also do a live chat, here or over on The Blotter.)

If we do a live chat, does Tuesday 2/26 work for you?

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  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    PS the pic is from this piece, which is a fun read.

  • Janice says:

    Oh, yay! I read the book in high school (1989? Yeesh.), and was looking forward to having an excuse to read it again. Count me in! I recall the 80's era paperback as having a particularly lurid cover–let's hear it for reading in comparative anonymity on a Kindle.

  • Lore says:

    There was a copy of this on the "free shelf" at my office not a week ago…I saw it on the way to the restroom and by the time I got back it was gone. I hope whoever took it also reads this site and will put it to good use!

  • Cat_slave says:

    Oh, I loved this book as a teenager and actually flipped through it again just a couple of months ago. Looking forward to the read-along! Interesting article, thank you.

  • Rachel says:

    YAAAAAY!!! My copy was actually stolen from the library, because we were OH SO PUNK ROCK back in 1990 or whenever the book came into my possession. I'm going to spend this snowy weekend reading it again.

  • RobinP says:

    Just re-read the first few paragraphs, and I just…don't know if I can do it again. Some things don't age well (I graduated from HS in 1990, for a point of reference). I'll try for the sake of the nation, though.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @Robin, I've never read it before and I had the same thought. But sometimes we just make fun of stuff (op. cit. "My Sweet Audrina").

  • Bea says:

    I read this book when I was about 12 (my grandmother had an AMAZING collection of trashy paperbacks from the 70s and 80s). I had no idea who the Sex Pistols were at that time and was amazed to find out years later that they were, like, a real band that people actually liked. I just reread it a few years ago from the library and it was fine. I still didn't buy everything the Deborah Spungen was selling, but I bought some of it, and felt really bad for the family. I'm excited for Nation's discussion!

  • Sandman says:

    The linked article is an interesting piece, although I find the implication that Nancy's death was tragic not in itself, but because it meant the end of the punk scene in New York a little wrongheaded.

  • Kat From Jersey says:

    Yay, the Nancy/Sid book! Is it strange that I have a copy of her death photo?

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    Tuesday works for me! Now I just have to remember to get the book (we've been thinking about moving/Valentine's Day shenanigans, so I've been running about.)

  • Belinda Gomez says:

    Fun fact–her sister used to work as an editor at Martha Stewart Living mag.

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