Clublife: Thugs, Drugs, and Chaos at New York Citys Premier Nightclubs

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The novel follows Rob's journey to maturity and examines his relationships with friends, enemies and lovers set against the backdrop of a bouncer's life and what it takes just to leave a night of work without a black eye or broken ribs. Rob is a smart, articulate, latesomething slacker who maintains an impatient and intolerant attitude toward the world and struggles to find meaning in life. A deep thinker whose everyday actions don't mirror the complexity of his thoughts, Rob finds it challenging to live up to his already low standards of life.

When his girlfriend does the inevitable and leaves him--alone, and, more important, to pay full rent on his Queens apartment--Rob has to find a second job. He immediately returns to the job he had and hated in his early 20s, a bouncer. When Rob moves from working the door of a small Irish pub in Queens to the new "it" club Axis in West Chelsea, he becomes even more hypercritical of the universe that exists behind the velvet rope and his own alienation from that universe: "The people outside in the streets of West Chelsea don't look like me.

The people inside the club don't look like me either. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 18, Ralph rated it did not like it. Infuriating how awfully written this book is. Out of every book I read this year, this is the worst one.

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Would not recommend to anyone. Jan 13, Edgarde rated it really liked it. Rob the Bouncer is a burly misanthrope who hates the clubgoers, avoids self-improvement, and distantly bonds with his fellow security personnel. The club scene a world I'm unfamiliar with and the repressed rationalisations of manly men guilty aren't necessary interesting to me, but I enjoyed this author's blog and found the book even better.

I expected it would lean heavily on snarky examination of the clientele. I got some of that, but Rob treats us to a bit of introspection, and shows us so Rob the Bouncer is a burly misanthrope who hates the clubgoers, avoids self-improvement, and distantly bonds with his fellow security personnel.

I got some of that, but Rob treats us to a bit of introspection, and shows us some of the unspoken conventions among men working in teams. This was an enjoyable light read — breezy Guy Lit — so I'm rating it generously. I enjoyed it about as much as I would a David Sedaris collection.

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Supposedly Rob didn't like the result and wants to write a better book. I am looking forward to it. Oct 20, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: real-books. I flirted briefly with Rob over email and find him tremendously smart and compelling.

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I really wanted this novel to be stunning and while it was good, it wasn't as good as I hoped. It did feel a bit pieced together for me and some wonderful pieces of text were sometimes embedded in pages of description that felt unnecessary. My main problem though was that I didn't care much for the narrator. He struck me as overly callous and jaded and I wanted to know why. The story seemed to join him when he w I flirted briefly with Rob over email and find him tremendously smart and compelling. The story seemed to join him when he was already set in this disdain for the world and perhaps was I given reasons why, he would have been more interesting or I would have felt more involved.

Given that I was excessively fond of the author, I wanted more from his character. His next novel, I think, will be better. It must be difficult to merge a series of blog entries into a story, which is why I tend to avoid books like this. Apr 06, Jennifer added it. I of course got this from the library's new book shelf, seeing as how it was written by 'rob the bouncer'. The writer, Rob Fitzgerald, has a blog at standingonthebox.

Clublife: Thugs, Drugs, and Chaos at New York City's Premier Nightclubs

He has tips on 'how to talk to a bouncer' but I haven't gotten to that part of his excellent book yet. I'm pretty sure he's writing about work I of course got this from the library's new book shelf, seeing as how it was written by 'rob the bouncer'. I'm pretty sure he's writing about working at the Crow Bar in Chelsea, and when he says only idiots go to clubs and spend three times as much on a drink as at a place where he'd actually be comfortable, another one of my searing cultural insights was triply confirmed.

Hats off to Rob Fitzgerald!

This book was a good read, giving you a "behind the scenes" look at a business most of us take for granted. Lists with This Book.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jul 18, Ralph rated it did not like it. Infuriating how awfully written this book is. Out of every book I read this year, this is the worst one. Would not recommend to anyone. Oct 20, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: real-books.

I flirted briefly with Rob over email and find him tremendously smart and compelling.

I really wanted this novel to be stunning and while it was good, it wasn't as good as I hoped. It did feel a bit pieced together for me and some wonderful pieces of text were sometimes embedded in pages of description that felt unnecessary. My main problem though was that I didn't care much for the narrator. He struck me as overly callous and jaded and I wanted to know why. The story seemed to join him when he w I flirted briefly with Rob over email and find him tremendously smart and compelling.

The story seemed to join him when he was already set in this disdain for the world and perhaps was I given reasons why, he would have been more interesting or I would have felt more involved.

Given that I was excessively fond of the author, I wanted more from his character. His next novel, I think, will be better. It must be difficult to merge a series of blog entries into a story, which is why I tend to avoid books like this. Jan 13, Edgarde rated it really liked it. Rob the Bouncer is a burly misanthrope who hates the clubgoers, avoids self-improvement, and distantly bonds with his fellow security personnel.

Clublife: A Year Behind the Velvet Rope at New York's "It" Nightclubs by Rob the Bouncer

The club scene a world I'm unfamiliar with and the repressed rationalisations of manly men guilty aren't necessary interesting to me, but I enjoyed this author's blog and found the book even better. I expected it would lean heavily on snarky examination of the clientele. I got some of that, but Rob treats us to a bit of introspection, and shows us so Rob the Bouncer is a burly misanthrope who hates the clubgoers, avoids self-improvement, and distantly bonds with his fellow security personnel. I got some of that, but Rob treats us to a bit of introspection, and shows us some of the unspoken conventions among men working in teams.

This was an enjoyable light read — breezy Guy Lit — so I'm rating it generously. I enjoyed it about as much as I would a David Sedaris collection. Supposedly Rob didn't like the result and wants to write a better book.

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