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The Resource Cleaning up New York, Bob Rosenthal

Cleaning up New York, Bob Rosenthal

Label
Cleaning up New York
Title
Cleaning up New York
Statement of responsibility
Bob Rosenthal
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The East Village, NYC, 1976. A 26-year-old starving poet needs $60. What else to do but register with a temp agency as a house cleaner? After his references check out--the poet Ron Padgett vouched that the author "always brushed his teeth"--He is hired. The phone rings, the agency's command is like a backstage knock, 'Are you ready?' The suspense never wanes as he is catapulted into the everyday yet unimaginable worlds behind closed (apartment) doors. Bob knows one thing: The dirt will always win. That's what keeps him in business. Clients are a bit more unpredictable, he discovers, as he comes to terms with eccentric domestic habits and intimate dramas; weird vibes and even stranger discoveries; appreciation, dependency, dismissal ... and seduction. When our hero becomes a weekly fixture in his clients' lives, anything can happen, and does, including a memorable encounter with an obliging Hoover that ultimately proves unable to get the job done. Along the way, he discovers that cleaning itself has its own allure and secrets, to which he devotes alternate chapters (what to wear, favorite products, how dust behaves, as well as the metaphysical nitty gritty of physical labor). Even if he's asked to clean up a loft the size of the Strand--and he is, and it's above the legendary bookstore--he coffees up with a donut, fortifies himself with some (pocketed) weed, and sets out to mop and wax his way through, not without disarming insight, originality, and humor
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosenthal, Bob
Dewey number
  • 818/.5403
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.O8367
LC item number
Z46 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rosenthal, Bob
  • Poets, American
  • Cleaning personnel
  • Cleaning
  • New York (N.Y.)
Label
Cleaning up New York, Bob Rosenthal
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "The '70s cult classic"--Cover
  • Originally published: Lenox, Mass. : Angel Hair Books, 1976
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
73 pages
Isbn
9781936941131
Lccn
2015038651
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn922836446
  • (OCoLC)922836446
Label
Cleaning up New York, Bob Rosenthal
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "The '70s cult classic"--Cover
  • Originally published: Lenox, Mass. : Angel Hair Books, 1976
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
73 pages
Isbn
9781936941131
Lccn
2015038651
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • ocn922836446
  • (OCoLC)922836446

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