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Bill Konigsberg

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Bill Konigsberg was born in 1970 in New York City. Expectations were high from birth - at least in terms of athletics. His parents figured he'd be a great soccer player, based on his spirited kicking from inside the womb. As it turned out, the highlight of his soccer career was at Camp Greylock in 1978, when he was chosen for the Camp's "D" team. There were only four levels. Bill played alongside the likes of the kid who always showered alone, the chronic nosebleeder and the guy with recurrent poison ivy.

Early in his life, Bill decided he wanted to be a disc jockey, a professional baseball player, or the Indian from The Village People. None of these career paths worked out for him. Yet. He still holds out hope for a Village People revival a

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I’m heading out on The Trevor Project Awareness Tour with Bill Konigsberg on Friday!

I’m excited and nervous. I have never taken a 5,000-mile driving trip before. When I start in the south (Dallas in early September), it will be summer. When I end (Minnesota in October) it’ll be chilly. I have to take two full suitcases to be prepared for all that. I’m gonna have to figure out doing laundry o...

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"Don't you hate it when you're reading something that, on the surface anyway, is breezy and fun and humorous, and as you get more deeply engrossed, you realize that it's been subversively feeding you some pretty deep stuff, to the point that it cou..." Read more of this review »
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"You ever randomly pick up a book at the library due to the cover? I do that often and end up forgetting about it and not reading further into it. I'm so happy I didn't do that with this book. This is a book about life that will make you think, hop..." Read more of this review »
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"In Porcupine of Truth, Bill Konigsburg asks some Big Questions: Does God exist? Are all religious people homophobic assholes? What makes a family? Did you hear the one about the guy with the wooden leg? Carson, the narrator, is a good-hearted, lov..." Read more of this review »
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"Porcupine is nothing short of outstanding. This is unlike Bill’s other two books and it tackles some life’s most difficult aspects, including the impact of secrets, religion and how parents impact their children. He wraps all this up in an enterta..." Read more of this review »
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“It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.”
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“The world needs people who are more comfortable standing still. We keep the earth on it axis when everybody else is bouncing around.”
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“The hole in my heart, I can’t even begin to describe. It’s hard when you open your heart and let someone in and then suddenly they’re not in it anymore. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is; that empty spot stings so bad that you want to find any kind of relief, or wrap yourself up so tight you can’t feel it anymore. I knew it might be there a little while. Or maybe even a long while. For both of us.”
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