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.