Film on Breslin and Hamill shows perils of local journalism
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO's new film on newspaper columnists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill romanticizes an era in New York and journalism that feels like a long, long time ago.
The fact that it's very recent history makes "Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists" partly a tragedy.
In his book "How the Good Guys Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer," nationally syndicated columnist Jimmy Breslin said, "All political power is primarily an illusion. ... Mirrors and blue smoke, beautiful blue smoke rolling over the surface of highly polished mirrors." He likened politicians to magicians and mediums, who obscure reality to misdirect audiences. With carefully placed mirrors and a puff of smoke, horses seem to disappear, and séance tables inexplicably rise on a cloud.
Jimmy Breslin’s 1969 comic novel, “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight,” is all the funnier because it is based on the real-life failures of incompetent mobsters.
Scranton has been saddled with its own gang that couldn’t shoot straight but there is nothing funny about the Scranton School Board.
Jimmy Breslin’s 1969 comic novel, “The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight,” is all the funnier because it is based on the real-life failures of incompetent mobsters. Scranton has been saddled with its own gang that couldn’t shoot straight but there is nothing funny about the Scranton School Board. It blithely constructed a $40 million deficit over the course of five years by hiring cronies, refusing to seek bids on major contracts, conducting public business in private meetings, awarding employee...
Robert Trumpbour, Pennsylvania State University
(THE CONVERSATION) When I heard the news of longtime New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin’s death, it felt personal.
NEW YORK (AP) — Generations of New York journalists and political leaders joined Jimmy Breslin's family Wednesday in celebrating the life of the pugnacious Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who championed the downtrodden and battled corrupt public officials for more than five decades.
Breslin, who died Sunday at age 88, was remembered as a peerless prose stylist whether he wrote about sports stars, gangsters or a bit player in a national tragedy.
Two of my heroes are gone.
Chuck Berry, a celebrated pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll, died at 90 in Missouri. The next day, Jimmy Breslin, a celebrated newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died at 88 in New York City.
I loved Chuck Berry’s music. I loved Jimmy Breslin’s writing.
When “Maybellene,” Chuck Berry’s first hit, was climbing up the charts in 1955, I was a student at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Breslin scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy's grave-digger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear.
In a writing career that spanned six decades, the columnist and author became the brash embodiment of the street-smart New Yorker, chronicling wise guys and big-city power brokers but always coming back to the toils of ordinary working people.
Bunch: Gone: Chuck Berry, Jimmy Breslin, and their Great American Middle Class
When they say that Baby Boomers didn't make anything, don't you believe them. We manufactured Celebrities, by the truckload -- on the TV shows we watched religiously while eating our Pop Tarts after school, on the 45 rpm records we played on those weird little jukeboxes in the diner booth, even in the folded and bent newspapers that our dads brought home on the 5:37. There was only one thing we never thought about as all the newly famous rolled off our star-maker machinery.
NEW YORK (AP) — In May 2002, Associated Press National Writer Jerry Schwartz interviewed the famously blunt-yet-lyric author and columnist Jimmy Breslin about his life and work. Breslin died Sunday at age 88. The following story was originally published on May 25, 2002:
At 73, he's no longer the hulking Irish wild man of yore.
New York magazine has 4-book deal with Simon & Schuster
NEW YORK (AP) — New York magazine is teaming up with Simon & Schuster for a series of books, starting with one about ... New York.
In a joint statement Tuesday, the two companies announced a four-book deal. The first release, scheduled for November, is an illustrated volume celebrating the magazine's 50th anniversary and highlighting the coverage of New York City. The book will be divided into such themes as "Power," ''Families" and "Neighborhoods."