Friday, March 16, 2007

Dennis Driscoll: Inwood Stories



A new acquaintance of mine that I met at WritersCafe.org, Dennis Driscoll, is the co-owner of one of my favorite restaurants, The Old Devil Moon in NYC, over on 12th in the East Village. He is also an amazing writer and has a new CD of stories told over amazing music, Inwood Stories which talks about what it was like growing up in Inwood as a youth who dealt with drugs, local perverts, friends& family, and the neighborhood.

At his website, above, you can buy the CD for a mere $10, and really be entertained. Driscoll's Inwood/Upper Manhattan dialect depicts tales that include incredibly vivid characters that are made all the more fascinating by the hypnotic tunes by Mark Suall and Robbie Mangano. The second story, What a Difference a Day Makes about when, as a youth, he OD'd on heroin, one might say is reminiscent of Trainspotting, except that this is coming from a New Yorker's point of view, in a different time - and goes into description of how his friends struggled to revive their friend even though they were nearly at the same point themselves.

Please check him out - as a person and a writer, he's fascinating.

I've also been meaning to write a blurb about Old Devil Moon for a while on here, so that's going to be my next task...

(for those of you who remember when I got Daddy his cake for his 75th birthday from Masturbakers, that bakery also works out of the Old Devil Moon Restaurant)

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