Friday, August 24, 2007

Coming Home to Roost


Pub date is December 30 with

simultaneous paperback
and hardback

editions. Hardback is destined
for

library shelves, maybe even the shelves


of the brand new 271 Mulberry Street


library
, which is on the ground floor,


cellar and sub-cellar of the Hawley


Hoops building next to the Puck building

in Little Italy.


That would be coming home to roost, so

to speak, since the sixth floor of the

Hawley Hoops building is where I wrote

most of the non-fiction stories in the

book,
and all of the fiction stories

not in the book.


To write the early ones in the late

eighties
I used a DEC pro 350 computer

with a
clean white screen and a black

Courier
font just like this and

absolutely no
icons or other visual

claptrap of any
kind on the desktop,

just a very
simple menu.


The DEC was neither Mac nor IBM

compatible. When the editor at

the New York Times complained that

she personally had to retype

my stories to put into their

data base, that's when a kind

friend gave me a MAC SE and I

would take the floppy disk to

Unique Copy on East 4th Street

and pay for them to e-mail the

first draft to the NYT.


2 comments:

Milly said...

How strange and lovely that your book will end up at 271 Mulberry Street. I will follow your book's progress as I'm very much looking forward to reading it. Also, I enjoyed being reminded about Jimmy de Sana. I never knew him well but would see him around in the 70's and 80's. His work was very beautiful.

lizabearbooks said...

Publisher wants hc or hardcover edition to end up in library and author wants pb or peperback to end up bookstore.