Summer In Brooklyn: 1969-1975 [NOOK Book]

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Richard Grayson was born in Brooklyn and grew up there. He began keeping a daily diary in August 1969, as he was about to enter Brooklyn College. His 1979 first book of short stories, WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, was called "really funny" by Liz Smith in the Daily News and "where avant-garde fiction goes when it becomes stand-up comedy" by Rolling Stone. Here are entries from his summer diaries from age 18 to 24. "Richard Grayson started writing regularly at 18. He had just spent a year in his room, scared to come ...
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Summer In Brooklyn: 1969-1975

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Richard Grayson was born in Brooklyn and grew up there. He began keeping a daily diary in August 1969, as he was about to enter Brooklyn College. His 1979 first book of short stories, WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK, was called "really funny" by Liz Smith in the Daily News and "where avant-garde fiction goes when it becomes stand-up comedy" by Rolling Stone. Here are entries from his summer diaries from age 18 to 24. "Richard Grayson started writing regularly at 18. He had just spent a year in his room, scared to come out. Grayson didn't know it then, but he was suffering from agoraphobia, a nervous breakdown of some sort. When he reappeared in the spring of 1969, everything seemed fresh. It was a classic case of being rehatched." - The Miami Herald
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781257481989
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 7/10/2011
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 369 KB

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    A weird but ultimately interesting diary

    There is a bizarre order to the diary entries in "Summer in Brooklyn". The days of the month proceed from the first to the end of the month as one might expect in a conventional journal; the twist, however, is that each day¿s entry is taken from a random year. The entry from June 5, 1975, for example, is followed by an entry for June 6, 1972, which is followed by an entry from 1973, and so on. This skipping around from one year to the next deprives the reader of any sense of character development. Readers will begin to recognize the recurring names of Grayson¿s family and friends, and even detect emerging patterns of behavior among various characters. Eventually all this ping-ponging back and forth between Grayson at 18 and Grayson at 23 or 24 (and they're very different, and the writing style gets a lot better and more mature) begins to settle down in the reader's mind and you can follow the various plots of the author and his parents, girlfriends, teachers, guy friends and his going from a very messed-up kid about to enter college to someone publishing stories and teaching. Lots of chaff here, but the kernels of wheat are interesting. It gives you a perspective of things during the Vietnam War from the point of view of a college student.

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