“Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back” by Michael Musto— Culture ala Musto

Musto, Michael. “Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back”, Vantage Point, 2011.

Culture ala Musto

Amos Lassen

Michael Musto is one of those guys who has “been there and done that? And now he presents his views on pop culture in his new book, “Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back”. Not only does he look at pop culture but he tells us how it got that way. Some of the essays are reprints of his very popular column. “La Dolce Musto” in the “Village Voice” while others were written especially for this book. He hear the big news about celebrities whether they needed help or just plain famous for being famous. Musto seems to know everyone and been everywhere and as he writes about others, he also writes about himself. And Michael Musto wears many different hats—he is a radio commentator, he is a newspaper man, he is an author and he is a man about town.

Nothing seems to stop Musto and he tells us about everything we ever wanted to know or never cared about. He will run after a blind item until he gets the story and he knows who is hiding in the closet. Musto is witty and funny and writes with just the right amount of raunchiness. Often talked about in the same breath, Musto and Perez Hilton have nothing in common and we learn here that Musto hates Hilton and the way he gets his scoops.

We learn how Musto came to love gossip and he writes about the hedonistic life of New York City where people are out so that they can be seen.

Michael Musto meets Michael Lucas for a chat about passing gas. It seems Lucas was being flamed for faking flatulence in his movie “Farts!” He writes about Warhol and disputes the Warholian theory of fifteen minutes of fame. He admires the luck of Lady Gaga and the nerve of Courtney Love. For Musto the club scene and club kids are fodder and he tells us what we need to know.

Musto also writes about gay New York and tells us that the bars in the west Village are the best and that he tends to visit the older established business rather than the new “in” spots. The book is dedicated to those who are still speaking to him and with a dedication like that; you already get a general idea of what is between the covers.

The book is divided into six sections, “Celebs in Need of Crisis Counseling”, “Cheap Thrill–Seeking and Other Personal Journeys”, “Starry, Starry Nights and an Occasional Lunch”, “Wierdos Are My Heroes”, “Legally Blind” and “After Dark My Sweet”. The Michael Musto who wrote this is a softer man than his previous book but the sharp insight is still there. This is a fun book that also happens to tell us a lot.

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