Ethan H. Minsker
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Barstool Prophets is not just the coming-of-age story of a young writer working in a bar in New York’s East Village, but also the chronicle of an iconic neighborhood and its wild spectrum of characters. From a love-addled bartender to a suicidal doorman to the junkies in Tompkins Square Park, they are a family, of sorts. In many cases, this is the only family some of them have, complete with all the joys and dysfunctions. The nameless narrator guides himself, the reader and, in some ways, the entire neighborhood through the highs and lows of the past and into the present.
The real behind the bar story.
The story is told in such away that you feel like you are apart of the action. Sex, drugs, bar fights and the under belly of New York City's bar scene. You want to know what that bartender is thinking of you? Read this book. It will give you the answer.
NYC's bar version of "Clerks"
This was a very amusing and touching read with a tremendous amount of heart, one that will stay with me for a long time. A guide through the tough and colorful streets of NYC's East Village, before New York got a makeover. It is also a story about the determination and sacrifice it takes to do what you love and follow your passion. In addition to being about New York City and it's bar scene, this book is also pretty much about how this book got made.
Follow the story's bartender (the East Village equivalent of a god) as he survives all that the city and life can throw at him. A guy who goes though new friends, lost friends, barroom hookups, love, bad tippers, street fights and near death experiences, men with boobs, 9/11, personal loss and sacrifices. A long journey driven by his passion for art, friends and his city.
Find out what bartenders go though and what they think of YOU.
bar culture & by-gone culture
This is a very honest (and awesome) portrayal of a time and place you'll love reading about. NYC's East Village is iconic for many reasons and this book manages to capture all of those-- but in a clever way that's not an essay, doesn't feel cliche or forced, and keeps you wanting to know what happens next.
The narrator is instantly likable as your trusty tour guide for the stories of a culture gone-by. He makes a great centerpiece (level headed yet hot tempered, opinionated yet compassionate) to the motley crew of characters that surround him and occupy the neighborhood. Having the backdrop of bar culture adds both lightness and depth.
Great read overall, whether you know about New York's East Village, know about bars, know about rock n roll/punk rock or know nothing about any of it.