Night Class

A Downtown Memoir

by Victor P. Corona

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Paperback | 5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 320 pages | ISBN 9781619029392

Earth’s only move is to engage the invaders according to their holy law and issue The Challenge of the Heretic–a winner-take-all gladiator battle for our right to exist. Marlowe launches Beast Wars, a televised interspecies tournament designed to select Earth’s mightiest champion. On a decadent private island, sharks, lions, gorillas, and polar bears square off to the delight of screaming fans oblivious to the sky-high stakes.

Enter Bruno Bolo–single father, blues belter, and alligator wrestler from the swamps of Florida. Beset by personal demons, corporatized killer sharks, Yeats-quoting pit fighters, and looming alien eradicators, Bruno will emerge as our desperate planet’s final hope.

"What happens when a khaki-clad academic sociologist goes gaga? Find the answer to that question and many others in Night Class, a wholly original memoir about Victor Corona’s transformation from nerd to NYU’s celebrated ‘professor of nightlife.’ It’s also an inspired cultural history and a passionate ethnographic exploration of New York nightlife and the very concept of self. —Wednesday Martin, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Primates of Park Avenue and Stepmonster

"An engaging, if unlikely, memoir of a scholar by day, club hopper by night . . . Sociology taken to the streets and basements, yielding a well-wrought introduction to a scene little known—and perhaps little imagined—to outsiders."—Kirkus Reviews

"Readers interested in the glamorous and dangerous world of downtown New York will appreciate Corona’s rich descriptions and deep research."—Booklist

"Corona researches the New York City club scene circa 2011 while describing his own metamorphosis from earnest academic nerd into glittering creature of the night... Corona's story of his journey has fascinating elements . . . Corona . . . [is] an engaging narrator."—Publishers Weekly

"In our elsewhere world of emoji-mediated electronic communication and shared cat videos, Victor Corona reminds us of the power and primal immediacy of real, live night life. There is no better urban guidebook to the alive-and-well social scene that is downtown New York City. If you are nostalgic for Studio 54, Danceteria, CBGB, or even Desperately Seeking Susan, sigh no more: Night Class is the book for you." —Dalton Conley, Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, and author of Honky and You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist

"Corona has been carving out the terrain of this sociological frontier for years now, making his way into the downtown nightlife scene with a curiosity skewed more toward the philosophical than the pragmatic." —Casey Gilfoil, Columbia Daily Spectator

"Zeroing in on the seductive magic of the downtown club scene—and the fabulous weirdos who flock there—Night Class offers a totally absorbing portrayal of nightlife, creativity, and self-transformation that’s as personal as it is juicy. And yes, scalding hot tea is definitely spilled! A sociologist who pumped from the bargain bin to the velvet rope, Victor Corona is a Warholian pop critic who would go to the opening of an envelope, and if I were you, I’d go with him! One of the most important books about New York City you will ever read." —Madison Moore, cultural critic, artist, and research associate, Department of English, King’s College London

"Instead of maintaining a critical, anthropological distance, Corona centers his own experience both within and outside of clubs. Part-memoir, part-oral history, part-academic analysis, Night Class, in its intimacy, illustrates the attraction of nightlife, particularly the possibility of self-fashioned identities within the darkened walls of clubs and parties. Positioned somewhere between a nightlife insider and outsider—more insider than out at this point, though Corona does take us on his early cringe-inducing attempts to get into parties—he examines the drive to 'make it' in these small subcultural scenes, articulating the heights and the pitfalls of this fame game . . . Corona’s Night Class takes readers through the dazzling, determined and sometimes, demented characters that populate Downtown nightlife." —Filthy Dreams

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