I took a vicarious walk on the wild side with Barry Spunt, author of Heroin, Acting, and Comedy in New York City (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), a companion to his Heroin and Music in New York City (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). His meticulously well-structured books contain the messy, dangerous, passionate, tragic stories of dozens of New York City denizens from the music and entertainment realm. They read like mesmerizing oral histories. We talked about his research and writing process and praised the holy New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. We did not talk (much) about the Boston Red Sox.
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