Jimmy Neurosis: A Memoir

Years ago I went up to Saveur offices and lucky for me met James Oseland who at that time, was the editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine. We talked and talked and began to have breakfast together every so often. He has since left Saveur and has continued to be a writer, traveler and editor and so much more.

He told me that he was writing Jimmy Neurosis: A Memoir a few years ago. It just came out and of course, I read it. It is his coming of age story. Growing up in the outskirts of San Francisco with a checked-out father and a single mother trying to make ends meet. Oseland has a great cadence in how he writes his story. It is like listening to him tell his story at a dinner party. His first sexual experiences and how he found his community and comfort in the beginnings of the Punk Revolution.

For any young person who is having difficulty fitting into the world they were dropped into, they should read this book. It is a celebration of figuring out yourself in your own terms. I loved it.

Comments (Archived):

  1. jason wright

    “checked-out father” – what does that mean?

    1. Gotham Gal

      He took off to a different life.

      1. jason wright

        ah, the fair-weather father.