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Piecework: Writings on Men & Women, Fools and Heroes, Lost Cities, Vanished Calamities and How the Weather Was

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Veteran journalist Pete Hamill has never covered just politics. Or just sports. Or just the entertainment business, the mob, foreign affairs, social issues, the art world, or New York City. He has in fact written about all these subjects, and many more, in his years as a contributor to such national magazines as Esquire, Vanity Fair, and New York, and as a columnist at the ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Back Bay Books (first published 1996)
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John
Pete Hamill's brand of journalism is engaging and bold with a raw New York edge. This is a guy who quit school to work in the Brooklyn yards, who later educated himself and developed from a crime beat reporter into a profound,erudite commentator. He writes lucidly about subjects he cherishes -- New York, politics, Mexico, literature, culture, art, philosophy -- and his own close call with mortality. Although he has his own distinctive style, he strikes one as a cross between Charles Bukowski and ...more
Christopher
Loved the writing "A Drinking Life," but Pete Hamill's essays are reeeeally melodramatic.
Patrick Butler
The only guy who can effectively write about racetracks and social justice.
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Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist and journalist whose career has endured for more than forty years. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y. in 1935, the oldest of seven children of immigrants from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Catholic schools as a child. He left school at 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sheetmetal worker, and then went on to the United States Navy. While serving in t ...more
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