John Berendt





John Berendt


Born
in Syracuse, New York, The United States
December 05, 1939

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The son of two writers, John Berendt grew up in Syracuse, New York. He earned a B.A. in English from Harvard University, where he worked on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon. After graduating in 1961, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. He was editor of New York magazine from 1977 to 1979, and wrote a monthly column for Esquire from 1982 to 1994.

Berendt first traveled to Savannah in the early 80's, and spent more and more time there over the next few years, until he was there more often than he was in New York.

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“Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That's when things happen. That's when you find out everything you want to know.”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

“If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, "What's your business?" In Macon they ask, "Where do you go to church?" In Augusta they ask your grandmother's maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is "What would you like to drink?”
John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

“Keep a diary, but don't just list all the things you did during the day. Pick one incident and write it up as a brief vignette. Give it color, include quotes and dialogue, shape it like a story with a beginning, middle and end—as if it were a short story or an episode in a novel. It's great practice. Do this while figuring out what you want to write a book about. The book may even emerge from within this running diary.”
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Our theme for the March 2015 retreat will be Venice. This is the poll for the non-fiction book we will be reading. We will read one non-fiction book so the book with the most votes will be our selection. Last day to vote will be Saturday, November 1.

Venice: Pure City Venice Pure City by Peter Ackroyd Peter Ackroyd
 
  6 votes, 46.2%

Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon Lucia A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon by Andrea Di Robilant Andrea Di Robilant
 
  5 votes, 38.5%

The City of Falling Angels The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt John Berendt
 
  2 votes, 15.4%

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