Episode 96 – July 31, 2016
Three non-fiction writers walk into a radio studio…
New York Times bestselling author, Michael Gross, traces the highs and lows of the biggest names in fashion photography in his new book, Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers. Gross chronicles the visionaries from the 1940’s to today, from Richard Avedon and Irving Penn to Bruce Weber and Steven Meisel, and more. From the creative process to rivalries and vices, this page turner will expose the photographers behind the iconic images.
In his new memoir, One of These Things First, Steven Gaines tells the story of a 15 year old gay Jewish boy in Brooklyn in the early 1960s who ended up in Manhattan’s fabled Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. Called the “Harvard of psychiatric clinics,” by Time magazine, Payne Whitney alumni are celebrated writers, poets, and even Marilyn Monroe. Gaines takes readers behind the walls to meet the other residents be bonded with and the young psychiatrist who promised to cure him of his homosexuality, all with his trademark panache.
Priced out of Brooklyn, author Amy Haimerl and her husband cashed in their savings to buy an abandoned house in Detroit and slowly fix it up in her new memoir, Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Home. Haimerl tells her personal story of how to set down roots in a city with no clear future. The book reads like a love letter to the people she meets and community she becomes a part of, both are a little rough around the edges but aren’t afraid of the hard work it takes to keep the city on its feet.