A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

By Dito Montiel
Read by Jason Collins

5.10 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Orlandito “Dito” Montiel grew up 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, and at times getting near much graver trouble. Entering adulthood in the eighties, he escapes into the underground and punk cultures of Manhattan. This is the story of a young man’s hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and the loyalties that bind him to the flawed and desperate “Saints” that have guided his life: Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Allen Ginsberg, and all the junkies and insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, “Now, Dito, remember, in life you gotta be crazy.”

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Summary

Summary

Orlandito “Dito” Montiel grew up 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, and at times getting near much graver trouble. Entering adulthood in the eighties, he escapes into the underground and punk cultures of Manhattan.

This is the story of a young man’s hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and the loyalties that bind him to the flawed and desperate “Saints” that have guided his life: Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Allen Ginsberg, and all the junkies and insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, “Now, Dito, remember, in life you gotta be crazy.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Dito Montiel] howls A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints at a moon that is inside all of us.” Brad Gooch, New York Times bestselling author
"Montiel tells his entertaining, sad tales with a combination of affection, glee, and nostalgia. He's managed to escape the dismal fate of many of his childhood cohorts, while still cherishing and embracing their humanity." Publishers Weekly
“Jason Collins manages this directionless assortment of stories magnificently. He holds to a slight Brooklyn accent for Montiel but doesn’t overdo it. Flawlessly, he transitions to other characters with their own vocal quirks and delivers the more emotional moments in a somber and reminiscent tone that enhances Montiel’s words.” AudioFile
“The writing is rich and brave and Collins’ narration captures all the ironic humor of his prose. Mature YAs will love this.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: Dito Montiel

Dito Montiel grew up a punk rock skinhead boxer in Astoria, Queens, was a model for Gianni Versace, signed the first one-million-dollar record deal ever for an underground band with Gutterboy, got KO’d in the Golden Gloves, and has appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, Details, and numerous other magazines as a writer, musician, and New York personality.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English