Jonathan Ames

What's Not to Love?

Published October 5, 2000 9:24PM (EDT)

Jonathan Ames is the author of "I Pass Like Night" and "The Extra Man"-- which was banned in Turkey for its sexual content despite Ames' wild popularity in that country. He also wrote a New York Press column, "City Slicker," which has served as fodder for his recent collection, "What's Not to Love? The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer" (Crown). Ames performs frequently as a storyteller in theaters and nightclubs; his one-man show, Oedipussy, debuted off-off-Broadway in 1999. He was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

According to Salon, in "What's Not to Love?" Ames "calmly and amiably dissects his everyday anxieties and perversions -- everything from his idiosyncratic style of masturbation to an impromptu trip to a dominatrix to his grown-up-mama's-boy thing for much older women." Ames calls the book "exaggerated nonfiction" because the voice alternates between his own and another (more outrageous) "persona."

Bold Type features an interview with Jonathan Ames and a short story from his new book.

From "What's Not to Love?" ) 2000, Jonathan Ames. Used by permission of Random House, Inc. No reproduction of this material is authorized without the express written consent of the Licensor.

By Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is the creator of HBO's "Bored to Death," which begins its second season on September 26th. His most recent book is "The Double Life Is Twice As Good: Essays and Fiction" (2009).

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