1989-1990 Handwritten Diary of a Self-Aware, Articulate, Profane, Sarcastic College Student, Coping with Roommates, Lovers and Coming-Of-Age in the 20th Century America

By: John Boggs

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Book Condition: Fair with no dust jacket


On offer is a quite revealing look inside the life of a self-aware young college student experiencing the challenges stepping out from the shadow of his home life. The diary, which covers the time period from Aug 14, 1989 to June 6, 1990, measures 8 inches by 5.5 inches and contains 160 pages. It is 100% complete. The covers are in very good condition. The glue from the binding has dried and many of the pages are loose but all are intact. The writing is quite legible. The author of the diary is John Boggs. Casual research has discovered no additional biographical information on him. In 1989, he is attending an unnamed college in the northern United States. The entries detail his daily experiences. To say that daily life was a roller coaster would be an understatement. Although 18 years old, his writing is articulate, if profane. The reader is taken on a journey through Bogg's emotional ups and downs as much through his day-to-day activities. Boggs has a sardonic wit and his entries are introspective, laced with liberal doses of black humour. For example: "All this useless shit is going to make my head explode. ... This dump is supposed to help you find yourself but I'm getting more and more confused…" [Oct 19, 1989]. Boggs has two roommates - Ralph and Baker. Although they get along (sort of) , he definitely has a low opinion of their abilities: "Ralph and Baker don't have to do this [keep a diary]. Because they have a routine. Eat, sleep, go to Dixies [a local strip bar], read filthy comics and novels, play music and games, jack off for hours in the shithouse, and have their work done for them. I wish I could organize like that." [Oct 6, 1989]. His mood rises and falls in lockstep with his grades: "I'm so fucking happy that I actually did a happy dance with Ralph. I got straight A's all day..." [Aug 24, 1989]; "What the hell do these teachers know? I spent hours of studying to get completely shit on! ... I don't think I'll make it another 5 months...God! Why have you forsaken me?" [Dec 11, 1989]. In a matter of months he goes from meeting a girl to being madly in love with her to doubting her to finding her with another boy to despising her - a true adolescent roller coaster! "...I wish Rose was here. God I miss her, even though she was a complete whore who fucked around with every geek, jock, motorhead and possibly professor in this lousy fucking college..." [Dec 7, 1989]; "I'm slowly going through denerdification..." [Mar 12, 1990]. At the end of his diary, Boggs, who has included many pen sketches in his diary, states that he wants to find a cheap but good art college and study commercial art. Let's hope he 'found' himself in his art. For a social historian, this is an excellent look inside the emotional world of a late adolescent who can write in an articulate, albeit sarcastic manner. A blend of self-awareness, black humour and the angst of adolescence make this a wonderful chronicle of a young man's steps into adulthood.; Manuscripts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 160 pages; Keywords: handwritten, manuscript, document, letter, autograph, writer, hand written, documents, signed, letters, manuscripts, historical, holograph, writers, autographs, personal, memoir, memorial, antiquité, contrat, vélin, document, manuscrit, papier antike, brief, pergament, dokument, manuskript, papier oggetto d'antiquariato, atto, velina, documento, manoscritto, carta antigüedad, hecho, vitela, documento, manuscrito, papel, College Experience, American teenager, Coming of age, Americana, 20th Century USA, Social politics, young dreamers, young artist, American Universities, Northern United States, Northern US Colleges, academic integrity

Title: 1989-1990 Handwritten Diary of a Self-Aware, Articulate, Profane, Sarcastic College Student, Coping with Roommates, Lovers and Coming-Of-Age in the 20th Century America

Author Name: John Boggs

Categories: Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 20th Century Manuscript, 20th Century Diary,

Publisher: United States, Northern American College, Strip Club, Art School, Young Dreamer, Goals: 1989-1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fair with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 0011039

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