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Manhattan Beach 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. Excerpts from his diaries have appeared online at McSWEENEY’S and THOUGHT CATALOG. Grayson’s diaries from August 1969 to June 1978 were published in a number of previous volumes. MANHATTAN BEACH covers the second half of 1978, when the 27-year-old diarist, having published over seventy stories in little magazines, teaches remedial writing at a community college in Brooklyn and unexpectedly gets a hardcover book contract from a New York commercial publisher.< Less
Lunch at Junior's By Richard Grayson
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ROLLING STONE called Richard 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,”... More > and NEWSDAY said, “The reader is dazzled by the swift, witty goings-on.” 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”; and THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, reviewing AND TO THINK THAT HE KISSED HIM ON LORIMER STREET (2006), said, “Grayson has a fresh, funny voice.” Grayson’s diaries from August 1969 to December 1977 were published in a number of previous volumes. LUNCH AT JUNIOR’S covers the first half of 1978, when the 26-year-old author, having published over fifty stories, teaches college English classes in downtown Brooklyn and dreams about having his first book published.< 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
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