Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer's Life
Michael Greenberg’s stunning collection entertainingly chronicles the hardships, delights, and moral dilemmas of being a writer and a New Yorker. To eke out a living, Greenberg doctors doomed movie scripts, peddles cosmetics on the street, and waits tables at a posh restaurant, all while raising his son on the Lower East Side. Along the way, he meets a host of fascinating city characters, including a Holocaust survivor, a repentant communist, and a man who becomes a woman.
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - akreese - LibraryThing
Although highly entertaining, Beg, Borrow, Steal is not a humor book by any means. I was impressed by Michael Greenberg's economy of words - each small story carried the punch of a well developed ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - giovannigf - LibraryThing
I can't think of one negative thing to say about this book. I've never read a better book on the morality of being an artist. The best collection of nonfiction essays I've read since David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen. Truly excellent. Read full review
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