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Do Something by Guy Trebay
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Jun 25, 2024 | ISBN 9781524731977

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Do Something is so beautiful and so personal that one feels like an intimate friend after reading Trebay’s tale of New York in the 1970’s. I loved it all. It’s the mark of something powerful when a voice lingers in one’s head after one reads a book, and Trebay’s voice rings incredibly clear.”
—Tom Ford, fashion designer and filmmaker

“In tracing what led to his amazing career at The New York Times, Guy Trebay captures a 1970’s Manhattan that we’ve almost lost, but cannot forget. He does this in brilliant and exquisite prose that is at once lyrical, lavish, and yet thoroughly unlacquered. A work that reminds one of raw times in a city that is forever reinventing itself, and with it, those we’ve once been and are not unhappy to become.” 
—André Aciman, New York Times best-selling author of Find Me and Call Me By Your Name

“Guy Trebay’s Do Something is prodigal in its riches. It is so action-packed it could be three or four memoirs, with a cinematic cavalcade of contrasting scenes and landscapes. It mixes heartbreak and exhilaration and melancholy and laughs, youthful hijinks and later-life rueful wisdom, in vividly bright, tightly economical prose. You will read it so fast you may want to put the needle back at the start.”  
—Lucy Sante, award-winning author of I Heard Her Call My Name

“Guy Trebay’s Do Something is an absorbing account of his coming of age in the fabled New York City of the 1970s. On his own early, because of family tragedies, Trebay’s invention of himself took him into several scenes and his vivid descriptions are cultural history of enormous value. These undergrounds were soon devastated by AIDS and many in the fascinating array of people Trebay met in those days probably would not be remembered were he not their witness. Memory here is both straightforward and complicated, honest and unsentimental in a way that Joan Didion would recognize.”
—Darryl Pinckney, award-winning author of Come Back in September

“If you came of age in New York of the 1970’sa seedy, intoxicating freeport for creative spiritsyou were lucky but didn’t know it. If you weren’t there, my condolences. But it’s not too late: read Guy Trebay’s gorgeous, harrowing memoir of his wild youth adrift in the city’s demimonde among the artists and outlaws who changed our culture. Do Something is polished like a gem yet pungent like the soil from which the author mined it. And it addresses a question fundamental not only to literature, but to all of us: how do we become who we are?”
—Judith Thurman, National Book Award-winning author of A Left-Handed Woman

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