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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 31 - Triburbia


Tonight on Bibliocracy, on KPFK 90.7 FM:  KARL TARO GREENFELD is an acclaimed memoirist, nonfiction author and award-winning short fiction writer.  In publishing a novel, Triburbia, Greenfeld meticulously assembles sharp everyday sociological description and well-observed characterization to tell a fictional story of neighborhood and family life in one year of the famous lower Manhattan community transformed, from outside and from within.  Following a circle of Tribeca acquaintances, we see and feel the metamorphosis of a neighborhood, disturbed by its own compromise and yet also affirmed in its frail humanity.  This is a beautiful novel about identity and perception, wicked in its observations but also empathetic.  Its series of interconnected stand-alone story chapters add up, powerfully, in its conclusions about how people see themselves, and each other.  Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of the acclaimed memoir Boy Alone, and his fiction and journalism have been published widely. He has lived in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and, yes, Tribeca, New  York.  Thanks for listening on the radio, online or as a download from the station archives.

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