Beg, Borrow, Steal

Beg, Borrow, Steal

A Writer's Life

Book - 2009
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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 cease to 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.
Published: New York : Other Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9781590513583
Branch Call Number: 070.92 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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