"Running this show is a mind-blowing business; a bit like being mayor in the Land of Oz on acid." -from Lovers, Muggers & Thieves
The really interesting thing about Tudan's story is that he's able to expose the humanity in this cast full of many lost souls. He befriends several prostitutes and strippers as well as lust after most of them. He also manages to maintain his own humanity. He's a great story teller as I had clear images of everything happening. Although, the memoir goes just over 400 pages, it never loses its momentum. Each chapter is a mini adventure but the story is the sum of its parts. Though he lives in a seedy area filled with unsavory types, petty crimes, and grimy living quarters, he never really becomes part of it nor it apart of him. This is where the wisdom he gains from this experience comes into play. In the end, Tudan realizes that he's growing up too fast but he doesn't have to. However, this memoir is not so much about end results as it is about the coming of age of a kid in Boston in 1969. This is an entertaining read that shouldn't be missed and, dare I say it...I hope it makes its way to the silver screen.
A huge thanks to Jonathan Tudan for letting me get all nosy and read about this unique period in his life.