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Diary of a Congressional Candidate By Richard Grayson
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"A witty campaign diary by a wannabe Congressman far too clever to ever be elected. In the spring of 2004, Grayson announced his bid to unseat the firmly entrenched Republican incumbent in... More > Florida’s fourth Congressional district. Grayson’s long-shot run was made even longer by a number of factors. Grayson chronicled his efforts as a “mock-challenger” in a series of postings on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency website, and here he collects these postings in a slim, delectable volume. The author’s wry deadpan punctuates almost every entry. He benefits as much from his own droll intelligence as from the fact that American politics seem to have devolved into a theatre of the absurd; the critique of election politics that his run represents is as hilarious as it is completely legitimate. Funny and devastatingly incisive." - Kirkus Discoveries< Less
Horsing Around in Politics By Richard Grayson
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In these alternatingly hilarious and earnest memoirs, Richard Grayson recounts moments on the campaign trail and the political barricades. There are reports from the police riot of the 1968... More > Democratic National Convention in Chicago; scenes from the New York headquarters of the October 1969 Moratorium; accounts of the first Earth Day and a now-historic 1970 "Women's Lib" action in New York. Grayson also reports on: running for the Davie, Fla., Town Council on a platform of giving horses the right to vote; creating a political scandal involving Florida lawmakers in "Legislators in Love," and the wacky press coverage of Grayson's joke candidacy for President in 1984, when he famously picked as his running mate the actress Jane Wyman, because of "her experience in dumping Ronald Reagan."< Less
The Lost Movie Theaters of Southeastern Brooklyn By Richard Grayson
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In these five autobiographical pieces, award-winning short story writer Richard Grayson explores the Brooklyn of his childhood and adolescence. "The Lost Movie Theaters of Southeastern Brooklyn... More > and Rockaway Beach" and "Branch Libraries of Southeastern Brooklyn" return to the venues where a boy in love with films and books learned about life. "Three Scenes from My Life (With Special Guest Star Truman Capote)" is an episodic tale about adolescent encounters with the famed author. "Seven Men Who Made Me Happy" recounts how watching soap operas over several decades can be a lifesaver, and "Melissa and the Good Legislator" juxtaposes the story of a gay college student who managed to get a girl pregnant and the courageous New York State assemblyman who came to the young couple's rescue. In these memoirs, previously published in online magazines like Mississippi Review and Eyeshot, Grayson weaves funny, quirky, poignant memories into a portrait of a baby boom teenager in Brooklyn before the borough became cool.< Less
Diary of a Congressional Candidate By Richard Grayson
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"A witty campaign diary by a wannabe Congressman far too clever to ever be elected. In the spring of 2004, Grayson announced his bid to unseat the firmly entrenched Republican incumbent in... More > Florida’s fourth Congressional district. Grayson’s long-shot run was made even longer by a number of factors. Grayson chronicled his efforts as a “mock-challenger” in a series of postings on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency website, and here he collects these postings in a slim, delectable volume. The author’s wry deadpan punctuates almost every entry. He benefits as much from his own droll intelligence as from the fact that American politics seem to have devolved into a theatre of the absurd; the critique of election politics that his run represents is as hilarious as it is completely legitimate. Funny and devastatingly incisive." - Kirkus Discoveries< Less
The Boy Who Could Draw Dr. King By Richard Grayson
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In this collection of autobiographical essays, award-winning short story writer Richard Grayson (WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, I BRAKE FOR DELMORE SCHWARTZ) contemplates some seminal experiences: selling... More > his teenage drawings of Martin Luther King Jr. from a downtown Brooklyn clothing store in the mid-1960s; watching another well-known African-American minister, Louis Farrakhan, unwittingly play Cupid for his friends; avoiding an overly friendly Kevin Bacon on the streets of their Upper West Side neighborhood in the 1980s; childhood TV watching of such sitcoms as "Amos & Andy," "Beulah" and "The People's Choice"; dodging the Vietnam-era draft and hanging out with LSD-taking hippies in Greenwich Village; and making his 80-year-old Jewish grandmother one of Miami's most glamorous celebrities. These wry, funny, thoughtful pieces use the medium of memoir to explore American history of recent decades and attitudes toward race relations, sexual behavior, and popular culture in an entertainingly offbeat way.< Less
Horsing Around in Politics By Richard Grayson
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In these alternatingly hilarious and earnest memoirs, Richard Grayson recounts moments on the campaign trail and the political barricades. There are reports from the police riot of the 1968... More > Democratic National Convention in Chicago; scenes from the New York headquarters of the October 1969 Moratorium; accounts of the first Earth Day and a now-historic 1970 "Women's Lib" action in New York. Grayson also reports on: running for the Davie, Fla., Town Council on a platform of giving horses the right to vote; creating a political scandal involving Florida lawmakers in "Legislators in Love," and the wacky press coverage of Grayson's joke candidacy for President in 1984, when he famously picked as his running mate the actress Jane Wyman, because of "her experience in dumping Ronald Reagan."< Less
HOW TO GET A NUN INTO BED By Richard Grayson
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In this short, breezy book of expert advice, Richard Grayson -- a man who knows his way around a bedroom -- gives expert, fail-free tips on how to get a nun into bed (and how to get her out when the... More > time comes). Follow Grayson's step-by-step tips and you'll soon be getting nuns into bed with ease -- and getting lots of pleasure and satisfaction out of it! For mature readers over 18 only!< Less
HOW TO GET A NUN INTO BED By Richard Grayson
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In this short, breezy book of expert advice, Richard Grayson -- a man who knows his way around a bedroom -- gives expert, fail-free tips on how to get a nun into bed (and how to get her out when the... More > time comes). Follow Grayson's step-by-step tips and you'll soon be getting nuns into bed with ease -- and getting lots of pleasure and satisfaction out of it! For mature readers over 18 only!< Less
Let the Reader Beware By Richard Grayson
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Hipster Book Club has said: "Richard Grayson is a meta-fictionalist of the old school, where structure is often as important as narrative, where the story is sometimes hidden in structural... More > tricks like diary entries, lists, and jokes." The nine stories in LET THE READER BEWARE were originally published in literary magazines between 1976 and 1981, but, as Hipster Book Club noted, "Grayson has such a fresh approach to writing that these stories don't seem dated. In some ways, Grayson may remind readers of a younger Woody Allen — an intellectual who ponders the nature of existence yet is remarkably funny while discussing life, death, and capitalism. Like much of the meta-fiction oeuvre, Grayson often writes stories about writing stories. The trick with this genre is to make sure the reader can find the story...Grayson succeeds here — the lists and diary entries reveal his passion for finding new ways to tell a story."< Less
I HATE ALL OF YOU ON THIS L TRAIN By Richard Grayson
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Selected stories by Richard Grayson for people who hate everyone on the L train.