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Chicago Days/Hoboken Nights

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The story of a young man who finds himself somewhat unexpectedly a fine arts major in college, a fledgling sculptor in Chicago, a gadabout painter in Hoboken, and who eventually winds up a writer sometimes called "a born storyteller".The author of more than fifty books, Pinkwater now chronicles his own early life.
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published 1991)
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Nov 24, 2007 Johnsergeant rated it liked it
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Narrator: Daniel M. Pinkwater
Publisher: Phoenix Audio, 1999
Length: 2 hours and 19 min.

Publisher's Summary
In this comical collection of memories, storyteller Daniel Pinkwater tells how he grew into the beloved figure he is today: a robust genius of the printed page and a rotund genie of the radio. In inimitable fashion, Pinkwater recounts the conversation with his father that suddenly made him an art major in college. He describes his inauguration as a sculptor in a sle
Aug 22, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
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What always astounds me about Pinkwater's memoirs is realizing how many of the fantastic elements of his children's books are based on actual events in his life. This particular book covers--as the title would imply--his time in Chicago as a young man learning about art, something of his college years, his years in Hoboken (now, sadly, gentrified out of recognition), his attempts at art. Just to give you an idea, there's one story about how he came to dye a neighbor's vicious cat purple...
Jan 08, 2014 grundoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Being essentially unfamiliar with Pinkwater, I enjoyed this as an introduction to his background and style of storytelling. An entertaining glimpse of a slightly earlier era, which weakens only as continuity gives way to randomness in the final section.
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Aug 10, 2009 Davis Davis rated it it was ok
I'm a huge fan of Pinkwater's fiction, and have been for about 20 years. That said, I was very disappointed with this collection of essays. Some were amusing, but I felt most of them straddled an annoying line between self-aggrandizing and self-deprecation that came off as trite and insincere.
While not nearly as deliriously funny as Pinkwater's fiction, these short bursts of memoir are amusing enough. No way I'd recommend a Pinkwater newbie to start here though.
Jul 06, 2007 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daniel Pinkwater is among those authors who must be heard, especially reading his autobiographies - Chicago Days, Hoboken Nights and Fishwhistle.
Jul 06, 2007 Jacob rated it it was amazing
If Freud had never opened his big yap, we might not need this book. But as it stands, I'm glad there are books like this to reorient me to the possibility of happiness in the modern world.
May 27, 2007 Isaac rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: City-dwellers

This book cemented my love for cities (and the City), plus inveigling me into the mysteries of art. So there's a lot to thank/blame it for. Give it a shot.
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813.54 Autobiographical sketches by a silly children's author and NPR commmentator.
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more
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