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More Summer in Brooklyn: 1976-1979

More Summer in Brooklyn: 1976-1979

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Published by Richard Grayson
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 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.

Scribbling his heart out and enduring numerous daily rejections from literary magazines and an increasing number of acceptances, Grayson, in 1976 freshly among the first graduating class in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, makes his way in these diary entries over four years from struggling nobody to a published author of a short story collection reviewed in Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, his publicity moving from the local Flatbush Life newspaper to the gossip columns of the New York Post, Daily News, and New York Times. (Yes, the Times had a gossip column back then.)

From the 1976 Bicentennial as seen from Brookyn Heights and atop a car stuck in traffic on the Gowanus Expressway to encountering Jimmy Carter (and his mother) at the Democratic convention in Manhattan that year to a scholarship at Bread Loaf, where the writer meets literary idols like Toni Morrison, John Irving and Tim O'Brien, these diary entries present a sensibility both innocent and cranky.

Grayson's friends - from the "hippie chicks" off backpacking through Europe to the rock critic turned book publishing editor turned performer at Greenwich Village pubs, from his elementary school classmate in their Brooklyn backwater who becomes a magazine editor and Manhattan sophisticate with a theater critic boyfriend to the aspiring journalists, lawyers, scholars, and politicians he's known since adolescence, Grayson presents a portrait of baby boomers as twentysomethings in the Me Decade.

Still living with his family in a part of New York City never reached by the subway system, Grayson recounts long but never boring visits with his loving grandparents, the financial struggles of his once-wealthy parents, buying a coffin for a prematurely dead great-uncle, dealing with relatives who deal drugs or simply disappear, MORE SUMMER IN BROOKLYN is the fifth volume in Grayson's THE BROOKLYN DIARIES, a sequel of sorts to SUMMER IN BROOKLYN: 1969-1975, which took the author from an agoraphobic 18-year-old just entering a world of peace, love, Woodstock, flowers after being housebound by fear for an entire year through his years at Brooklyn College, making friends and lovers, become active politically and artistically, into graduate school, college teaching and his long-sought-after goal of finally having his first story published.

As Kirkus Discoveries said of AUTUMN IN BROOKLYN, "Aspiring writers may feel a little less alone after reading this daily catalog of soaring ambitions and crushing doubts."

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 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.

Scribbling his heart out and enduring numerous daily rejections from literary magazines and an increasing number of acceptances, Grayson, in 1976 freshly among the first graduating class in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, makes his way in these diary entries over four years from struggling nobody to a published author of a short story collection reviewed in Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, his publicity moving from the local Flatbush Life newspaper to the gossip columns of the New York Post, Daily News, and New York Times. (Yes, the Times had a gossip column back then.)

From the 1976 Bicentennial as seen from Brookyn Heights and atop a car stuck in traffic on the Gowanus Expressway to encountering Jimmy Carter (and his mother) at the Democratic convention in Manhattan that year to a scholarship at Bread Loaf, where the writer meets literary idols like Toni Morrison, John Irving and Tim O'Brien, these diary entries present a sensibility both innocent and cranky.

Grayson's friends - from the "hippie chicks" off backpacking through Europe to the rock critic turned book publishing editor turned performer at Greenwich Village pubs, from his elementary school classmate in their Brooklyn backwater who becomes a magazine editor and Manhattan sophisticate with a theater critic boyfriend to the aspiring journalists, lawyers, scholars, and politicians he's known since adolescence, Grayson presents a portrait of baby boomers as twentysomethings in the Me Decade.

Still living with his family in a part of New York City never reached by the subway system, Grayson recounts long but never boring visits with his loving grandparents, the financial struggles of his once-wealthy parents, buying a coffin for a prematurely dead great-uncle, dealing with relatives who deal drugs or simply disappear, MORE SUMMER IN BROOKLYN is the fifth volume in Grayson's THE BROOKLYN DIARIES, a sequel of sorts to SUMMER IN BROOKLYN: 1969-1975, which took the author from an agoraphobic 18-year-old just entering a world of peace, love, Woodstock, flowers after being housebound by fear for an entire year through his years at Brooklyn College, making friends and lovers, become active politically and artistically, into graduate school, college teaching and his long-sought-after goal of finally having his first story published.

As Kirkus Discoveries said of AUTUMN IN BROOKLYN, "Aspiring writers may feel a little less alone after reading this daily catalog of soaring ambitions and crushing doubts."

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Published by: Richard Grayson on Jul 12, 2010
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MORE SUMMER IN BROOKLYN
1976 - 1979
 
MORE SUMMER INBROOKLYN
1976
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1979
RICHARD GRAYSON
Superstition Mountain PressPhoenix – 2010

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