Beg, Borrow, Steal

Beg, Borrow, Steal

A Writer's Life

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
In Beg, Borrow, Steal Michael Greenberg regales us with his wry and vivid take on the life of a writer of little means trying to practice his craft or simply stay alive. He finds himself doctoring doomed movie scripts; selling cosmetics from an ironing board in front of a women's department store; writing about golf, a game he has never played; and botching his debut as a waiter in a posh restaurant.

Central characters include Michael's father, whose prediction that Michael's "scribbling" wouldn't get him on the subway almost came true; his artistic first wife, whom he met in a Greenwich Village high school; and their son who grew up on the Lower East Side, fluent in the language of the street and in the language of the parlor. Then there are Greenberg's unexpected encounters: a Holocaust survivor who on his deathbed tries to leave Michael his fortune; a repentant communist who confesses his sins; a man who becomes a woman; a Chilean filmmaker in search of his past; and rats who behave like humans and ceaseto live underground.

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.

Baker & Taylor
A volume of autobiographical tales by the bi-weekly columnist for the Times Literary Supplement is set in New York and includes profiles of his family members and neighbors as well descriptions of his tragicomic struggles to support himself as a writer. By the Time Best Book author of Hurry Down Sunshine.

Baker
& Taylor

A volume of autobiographical tales by the bi-weekly columnist for the Times Literary Supplement is set in New York and includes profiles of his family members and neighbors as well descriptions of his tragicomic struggles to support himself as a writer.
A volume of autobiographical tales set in New York, includes profiles of the author's family members and neighbors as well descriptions of his tragicomic struggles to support himself as a writer.

Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781590513415
Branch Call Number: BIO Greenberg GRE
Characteristics: vii, 217 p. ;,22 cm.

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Dec 11, 2012

This book, by Michael Greenberg, a columnist for the Times Literary Supplement, contains 44 short essays of no more than 1200 words each about the author's life. He is a New York liberal, and the essays could be out of the New Yorker. It is quite well done.

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