Stop the world, I want to get off.
Yes Virginia, the emperor has no clothes.
Yes Virginia, facts are facts.
What happens when one thread in the American tapestry is mutated or changed?
Joining Larry on this episode, Peter Blauner, Novelist of such works as Sunrise Highway, Proving Ground,The Intruder, The Last Good Day, Man of the Hour, Slow Motion Riot, Casino Moon and Slipping into Darkness. Peter was also a journalist for New York Magazine and a staff writer for Law and Order: SVU. He is also the recipient of the Edgar Award. Peter describes what it is like to write for television versus novels versus being a journalist. We also find out if he has ever met one of his characters after they have been developed for a book.
Also joining the episode is Novelist and Historian Kevin Baker. Kevin has penned such works as America: The Story of Us, Paradise Alley, Dreamland, Striver’s Row, Becoming Mr. October, The Big Crowd, Sometimes You See it Coming, Luna Park and Dreamland. Kevin talked about how during the turn of the 20th Century, there were 3 groups that were not wanted in America, Jews, African Americans and the Irish. He describes those experiences as being similar to the movie Gangs of New York. He also discusses experiences such as those who lived in Seneca Village, a predominantly African American area of Manhattan in the mid 1800’s which is now part of Central Park.