“Dwayne Raymond, a young writer who was waiting table at a restaurant in Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, where Mailer spent most of his final years.” Since Mornings With Mailer (Harper Perennial) is about Raymond’s time as Norman Mailer’s assistant, leading up to the writers death in 2007, was I skeptical even before I crack open the book? Sure. I could argue that being an even semi-successful writer comes down to luck, and the ability to seize an […]
Labor Day Bites: Tolstoy Street/Dostoevsky Ave., Blago’s memoirs, Agriculture Reader gets cheap, organic farms in Greenpoint, and more.
We’ve been doing our best to talk about how much New Yorkers read on the subway, and we used the title “24 Anna Karenina readers can’t be wrong” to highlight the New York Times coverage of citizens of Gotham and their literary choices while commuting. The Millions also took the Russian lit. route, but instead of Tolstoy Street, they went down Dostoevsky Ave. Is ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich the next great wordsmith? No chance, but his memoirs are out, and […]