Beg, Borrow, Steal A Writer's Life

by Michael Greenberg

Beg, Borrow, Steal A Writer's Life Synopsis

In Beg, Borrow, Steal Michael Greenberg regales us with his wry and vivid take on the life of a writer of little means trying to practise his craft or simply stay alive. He finds himself doctoring doomed movie scripts; selling cosmetics from an ironing board in front of a women's department store; writing about golf, a game he has never played; and botching his debut as a waiter in a posh restaurant. Central characters include Michael's father, whose prediction that Michael's `scribbling' wouldn't get him on the subway almost came true; his artistic first wife, whom he met in a Greenwich Village high school; and their son who grew up on the Lower East Side, fluent in the language of the street. Then there are Greenberg's unexpected encounters: a Holocaust survivor who, on his deathbed, tries to leave Michael his fortune; a repentant communist who confesses his sins; a man who becomes a woman; a Chilean film-maker in search of his past; and rats who behave like humans and cease to live underground. Hilarious and bittersweet, Greenberg's stories invite us into a world where the familial, the literary, the tragic and the mundane not only speak to one another, but deeply enjoy the exchange.

Beg, Borrow, Steal A Writer's Life Press Reviews

`Michael Greenberg, a native New Yorker, loves the city as a child loves a parent, and in its honour he has put together a collection of tightly written, incisive chapters, each another tessera or tile in a big mosaic ... Michael Greenberg is an acute observer' * Edmund White, New York Times * 'Greenberg is a poet of New York, evoking in these fleeting pieces the city in all its scuffed and squalid grandeur' * Washington Post * `They are short snapshots of memoir, beautifully observed ... This is the perfect bedside book split, as it is, into neat insomniac chunks' * Scott Pack, Me and My Big Mouth * 'Imagine The Talk of the Town as if written by Dostoyevsky' * New York Times Book Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408809518
Publication date: 7th February 2011
Author: Michael Greenberg
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Memoirs,

About Michael Greenberg

A native New Yorker, Michael Greenberg is the author of the memoir Hurry Down Sunshine, published in sixteen countries and chosen as one of the best books of 2008 by Time and From 2003-2009 he was a columnist for the Times Literary Supplement. His writing has appeared in such varied places as O, The Oprah Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York.

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