Michael Greenberg’s stunning collection entertainingly chronicles the hardships, delights, and moral dilemmas of being a writer and a New Yorker. To eke out a living, Greenberg doctors doomed movie scripts, peddles cosmetics on the street, and waits tables at a posh restaurant, all while raising his son on the Lower East Side. Along the way, he meets a host of fascinating city characters, including a Holocaust survivor, a repentant communist, and a man who becomes a woman.
Hilarious and bittersweet, Greenberg's stories invite us into a world where the familial, the literary, the tragic, and the mundane not only speak to one another, but deeply enjoy the exchange.
Michael Greenberg eloquently depicts what his life was like as a desperate and sometimes degenerate writer in New York, before he achieved literary stardom with his book HURRY DOWN SUNSHINE, about his 15-year-old daughter's sudden onset of mental illness. Greenberg reminisces that the genesis of his ambition was his father's scrap-iron business, which he was terrified of inheriting. This dread of an ordinary, practical existence caused him to seek adventure in Argentina, but he soon realized that the city of his birth was more awash in visceral experience than any foreign nation. Back in the Big Apple, Greenberg found himself trying to support a family of his own, leading to a humorous succession of dead-end jobs, most of which he managed to somehow botch. He seized any and every writing assignment he could find, including some unforgettably forgettable films, while befriending homeless poets, transvestites, and anthropomorphic rats. In these luminous essays, Greenberg shows that diligence eventually enhances talent enough to transform life's trials into opportunities for advancement and revelation.
- Literary Collections, Language + Art + Disciplines, Biography + Autobiography
- Journalism, General, Essays
- November 2, 2010
- November 2, 2010
- Michael Greenberg