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Indian Summer: Park Slope By Richard Grayson
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Richard Grayson started writing a daily diary in the summer of 1969, when he turned 18, and has compiled daily entries since then. In the six volumes of THE BROOKLYN DIARIES (SUMMER IN BROOKLYN,... More > AUTUMN IN BROOKLYN, WINTER IN BROOKLYN, SPRING IN BROOKLYN, MORE SUMMER IN BROOKLYN, and A YEAR IN ROCKAWAY), Grayson published selected entries from 1969 to 1980. Now, in INDIAN SUMMER: PARK SLOPE, covering two months Grayson spent back in his native Brooklyn after an absence of six years. In 1985 the historic brownstone neighborhood of Park Slope is still not totally gentrified and Brooklyn is neither fashionable, cutting-edge nor entirely safe.< Less
A Year in Rockaway By Richard Grayson
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Richard Grayson, author of such acclaimed short story collections as WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, LINCOLN'S DOCTOR'S DOG and I BRAKE FOR DELMORE SCHWARTZ, has kept a daily diary for over 41 years, since... More > the summer of 1969, when he was an agoraphobic Brooklyn teenager. The year in Rockaway is 1980. Grayson is broke and living in a beachfront studio. His first book, WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, published the year before, received good reviews but has earned him no more money than his many published stories in literary magazines. Grayson - along with his friends also in their twenties in a year of rampant inflation, widespread unemployment, and a New York City beset with crime, drugs, and seemingly unstoppable decay - wonders where to go next.< Less
Beach Channel Drive By Richard Grayson
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Richard Grayson has been keeping a daily diary compulsively since the summer of 1969, when he was an 18-year-old agoraphobic about to venture out into the world – or at least the world around... More > him in Brooklyn. His diary, approximately 600 words a day without missing a day since August 1, 1969, now totals over 9 million words, rivaling the longest diaries ever written. But Grayson is not merely an eccentric with graphomania. His nonfiction has appeared in PEOPLE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, THE NEW YORK POST and numerous other periodicals. Excerpts from his diaries have appeared online at McSWEENEY’S and THOUGHT CATALOG. ROLLING STONE called Grayson’s first short story collection, WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, published in 1979, “where avant-garde fiction goes when it becomes stand-up comedy,” and NEWSDAY said, “The reader is dazzled by the swift, witty goings-on.” BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE covers the first half of 1980, when Grayson is struggling n New York.< Less
Summer in New York By Richard Grayson
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It's the summer of 1990, and writer Richard Grayson -- about to turn 39 and having recently lost forty pounds -- has come up from Florida to spend the summer in his native New York City, shuttling... More > between a friend's Upper West Side apartment where he's lived for the previous six summers and his grandmother's apartment on the beach in Rockaway, where she is suffering from depression and other problems of old age and is ultimately hospitalized for weeks. For most of the 1980s, Grayson has gotten by as a writer through combining literary grants and income from part-time college teaching and computer education workshops -- and a scheme relying on constantly moving cash advances from the over 40 credit cards that Grayson accumulated during the Greed Decade. Now Grayson's credit card chassis is spinning out of control, with him $150,000 in debt. What do do next? Grayson has previously published a dozen volumes of his diaries for the twenty years preceding 1990.< Less
The View from Mill Basin By Richard Grayson
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ROLLING STONE called Grayson’s first short story collection, WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, published in 1979, “where avant-garde fiction goes when it becomes stand-up comedy,” and... More > NEWSDAY said, “The reader is dazzled by the swift, witty goings-on.” Grayson’s other short story collections have also received acclaim. LIBRARY JOURNAL called LINCOLN’S DOCTOR’S DOG (1982) “excellent” and said of I BRAKE FOR DELMORE SCHWARTZ (1983) that “Grayson is a born storyteller and standup talker.” THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW said Grayson’s I SURVIVED CARACAS TRAFFIC (1996) was “entertaining and bizarre” and “consistently, even ingeniously funny.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called Grayson’s THE SILICON VALLEY DIET (2000) “compulsively talky and engagingly disjunctive”; THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, reviewing AND TO THINK THAT HE KISSED HIM ON LORIMER STREET (2006), said, “Grayson has a fresh, funny voice.” Grayson has kept a diary since 1969. This volume covers the first half of 1977.< Less
More Summer in Brooklyn By Richard Grayson
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The author of WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, LINCOLN'S DOCTOR'S DOG, I SURVIVED CARACAS TRAFFIC and other short story collections has kept a daily diary for forty years, since he was 18 in the summer of... More > 1969. Here are entries from his diary for summers from 1976 to 1979 as he struggles with adulthood and his fledgling writing career, from his first acceptances by magazines to the hardcover publication of his book by a large New York publisher. Set in 1970s New York City, this is a vivid picture of what it was like to be a struggling young artist in that era.< Less
A Brooklyn MFA By Richard Grayson
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Richard Grayson has been keeping a daily diary compulsively since the summer of 1969, when he was an 18-year-old agoraphobic about to venture out into the world – or at least the world around... More > him in Brooklyn. His diary, approximately 600 words a day without missing a day since August 1, 1969, now totals over 9 million words, rivaling the longest diaries ever written. But Grayson is not merely an eccentric with graphomania. His nonfiction has appeared in PEOPLE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, THE NEW YORK POST and numerous other periodicals. Excerpts from his diaries have appeared online at McSWEENEY’S and THOUGHT CATALOG. ROLLING STONE called Grayson’s first short story collection, WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, published in 1979, “where avant-garde fiction goes when it becomes stand-up comedy,” and NEWSDAY said, “The reader is dazzled by the swift, witty goings-on.” A BROOKLYN MFA covers the first half of 1976 as Grayson begins to publish his stories.< Less
MEMORIAL DAY DIARY: 1970-2010 By Richard Grayson
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How does a person change over forty years? Suppose someone kept a diary every day starting when he was an 18-year-old college freshman and continued beyond four decades until he was approaching age... More > 60? Richard Grayson – author of numerous books of short fiction, humorist, college professor, lawyer, journalist, congressional candidate and obsessive-compulsive diarist – compiled such a record of his life: thoughts, actions, events, mundane details and reactions to the world. Here are his diary entries for every Memorial Day – the last Monday in May – from 1970 to 2010.< Less
BREAD LOAF DIARY: The 1977 Writers Conference By Richard Grayson
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In 1977, Richard Grayson, an aspiring writer from Brooklyn who has published a few stories in little magazines, got a scholarship to the venerable Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Middlebury,... More > Vermont. That year's staff included Toni Morrison, who read from her then-forthcoming "Song of Solomon"; John Irving, who read from his manuscript for the unpublished "World According to Garp"; John Gardner, celebrated for his philosophical novels and his advocacy of "moral fiction"; the poets Maxine Kumin, William Meredith and Marvin Bell; Geoffrey Wolfe, unveiling his forthcoming "Duke of Deception"; a young Tim O'Brien; the comic, sardonic novelist Stanley Elkin; the warmly sympathetic Hilma Wolitzer; and others. Grayson's fellow attendees included a number of writers who would go on to fame, such as Ron Carlson and Leslea Newman, and many who probably published nothing. Somewhere in the middle, Grayson here records his observations and thoughts in the diary he's been keeping for over forty years.< Less
West Eighth Street By Richard Grayson
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Richard Grayson’s diaries from August 1969 to June 1977 were published in eleven previous volumes. WEST EIGHTH STREET covers the second half of 1977, when the author has a fellowship at the... More > Bread Loaf Writers Conference and returns to New York to make his way writing, publishing and teaching amid a tumultuous year in the city.< Less