Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Journalist as Novelist of New York

Wall Street Journal

It's almost a disappointment to find Pete Hamill, legendary New York newspaper man, in this pristine, modern university office -- not a single tabloid on his desk, not a trace of newsprint on his fingertips. As a writer in residence at New York University, the 72-year-old seems far removed from the rough-and-tumble world of big-city journalism. When he tells me that he reads the New York papers only every couple of days online from his second home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, my heart sinks a little further. But you have to cut the guy some slack. The only person to have served as editor of both the New York Daily News and the New York Post, Mr. Hamill still has plenty of ink running through his veins: Over the past 40 years, he has produced 10 novels and two collections of short stories. [Click for MORE]

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