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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 5: The 4 Voices — Dan Wolf

Birth of a Voice, Chapter 5: The 4 Voices — Dan Wolf

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Dan Wolf, who, like me, had accomplished very little by way of a career — and was some years older than he ever admitted — wanted primarily to shake up the whole damned political establishment, Republican, Democratic, left, right, center. Nobody ever put it better than Dan Wolf himself in his read more here »

Birth of a Voice, Chapter 4: The best job in the city

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  Jules Feiffer and Bill Manville not even didn’t get paid, they schlepped their weekly drawing and/or written contributions in by hand — their own hands and feet — every Sunday, to where I, all alone in the office, was preparing the next edition for the printer.  One such Sunday I looked read more here »

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter 2: Lunch and the 4 voices

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  The lunch at the Chinese restaurant on Eighth Street went on for a couple of hours. I liked Dan Wolf the moment I laid eyes on him. He looked like me, slim, dark, average height. And he thought like me, full of political skepticism, not to say sarcasm. I didn’t know read more here »

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Birth of a Voice, Chapter I: The apartment on Perry

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  The happiest place I ever lived was a one-room apartment — or one and a quarter rooms — one flight up at 62 Perry Street in Greenwich Village. It was a good-sized rectangular room — the tiny adjunct was the stoveless double-hotplate — facing south over a congregation of backyard gardens, read more here »

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Pitching horseshoes and column ideas with Billy Rose

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  There was a period in my confused youth when I was kept alive as a ghostwriter for Billy Rose. Well, not a ghostwriter exactly, but an idea man, one of a handful supplying material for 50-something-year-old Billy’s weekly “Pitching Horseshoes” column in Hearst’s now-long-defunct Daily Mirror. What you’d do is rack read more here »

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Looking back at the atomic bomb

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  This is the time of year when I suddenly remember what time of year it is. Usually, I guiltily remember it too late, a week or two after August 6 and August 9 are come and gone. But this year, for some unknown reason — maybe the fog that’s assaulting my laptop — I read more here »

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Conceal and carry: And the lead poisoning is free!

TO: Shannon Rose Eclectic Media Productions Tampa, Florida Dear Ms. Rose: I am in receipt of your May 17 e-mail headlined, “FREE AMMO FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.” It sort of stopped me in my tracks. Free ammo for  me? Golly gee. Reading further, I learn that a gentleman named Tim Schmidt, president and founder read more here »

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Obama vs. guns: This may prove to be his finest hour

BY JERRY TALLMER  |  When Hitler completed the murder of Europe with the April 1941 invasion of Greece and Yugoslavia, a Dartmouth College senior named Charles Guy Bolté wrote an open letter to F.D.R. that began: “Dear Mr. President… Now we have waited long enough… .” It was a cry for F.D.R. to step free of the read more here »

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The lesson for today: Assault  by gun — a right that’s wrong

BY JERRY TALLMER | Good morning, children. This object on my desk is a radio. It was invented by a number of people, but mostly by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1911). It is an instrument of information, guidance and culture, among other things. Let us turn it on and see — no, hear — read more here »

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David Rothenberg’s new book took a lifetime to write

BY JERRY TALLMER  | There was once a mercifully forgotten book and television series called “I Led Three Lives.” Well, David Rothenberg,  a Greenwich Villager for almost all his 79 years, has led more than a dozen very full lives, as clocked via the chapter headings of his just published life story, “Fortune in My Eyes.” As read more here »

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