. . . 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.
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