1 thought on “How to Become a Virgin”

  1. This is the sequel to The Naked Civil Servant, in it Mr. Crisp tells of his life after the book was published, and how the TV version came about, and then his first trip to the U.S. The many little tours and theatre appearances of “An audience with Quentin Crisp” are described as sometimes disappointing to both Mr. Crisp and the audience, as he doesn’t always give the answers they want to hear. Yet he seemed to totally thrive on this new life of celebrity;“I am seen and heard therefore I [...]

  2. Wild & Wow, this guy can put so many of us to shame. Witty, vivacious, strong minded and strong willed, he really lived the way he wanted to and made a buck and a name for himself along the way In 1981 age 80, he up´d and left the UK bound for New York, stayed in the Chelsea Hotel intitialy and then he with few possessions and found a small apartment in Manhattan's Lower East Side.Its a no holes barred read, sometimes annoying, sometimes eye opening but a very interesting read none the less [...]

  3. Having watched 'The Naked Civil Servant' years ago, and the more recent 'An Englishman in New York' both with John Hurt playing the lead, I was interested to read the interim story, and this did not disappoint.He was quite a unique character who comes across as very sincere, qentle and wonderfully witty and lazy.

  4. He constantly either appalls me or reminds me of myself. Often both at the same time. But always with much more style, and I don't think I would ever have been so brave.

  5. He's Quentin Crisp and if I need to tell you about him, you need to read his books. He's gay and he's hilarious.

  6. I read The Naked Civil Servant (published in 1968, I think) some years ago, and around the same time read another couple of his books that he wrote while living in New York. This book was written shortly after he moved from England to New York, and covers the years and the fame after publishing his first. Crisp is an intriguing man, openly homosexual through decades of persecution. One might say he was extraordinarily courageous, but I recall him saying it was nothing to do with courage - he jus [...]

  7. Though this isn't as momentous as The Naked Civil Servant, for a Crisp fan like me it is essential. Some excellent musings on notoriety and fame, and precious clues that reveal some of his feelings towards the mainstream gay rights movement, which was gaining momentum during the 1970s. An entertaining and fascinating read.

  8. St. Quentin, the patron saint of homosexuals. The first, the original, never vilified in the press except by the gays. Love him.This book and the next book, Resident Alien: The New York Diaries, formed the basis for the second movie of his life which I watched a couple of years ago and really enjoyed.I laughed out loud at several portions of the book and was amazed that as a watcher of society Crisp can really get to the heart of things.“It's explained that all relationship require a little gi [...]

  9. As with the Naked Civil Servant, this was very entertaining. I wish I had read this BEFORE Resident Alien (ie-in chronological order); but it was still quite enjoyable and funny. I recommend this to any Crisp fans!

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