New York In The 50’s

  • Dan Wakefield has become the Boswell of the heady days when art and literature had a single flowering in The Village.

    - Richard Shepard, The New York Times
  • A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it.

    - Joan Didion
  • This lovely, brimming book tells anyone who was not there what it was like.

    - The Boston Globe

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Episode 6

"The Home Front during WWII"

Aired: March 27, 2017

Writer Dan Wakefield, Host Will Higgins, and guests discuss WWII

On this episode of Uncle Dan’s Story Hour. “The Home Front during WWII”. Writer Dan Wakefield and Host Will Higgins of the Indy Star talk with guests about their experience at home in Indy during WWII and 3 Japanese American women recall what it was like in the internment camps. Recorded live at the legendary Red Key Tavern.

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

This guy is the original “Energizer Bunny.” He never runs down. I pride myself on being pretty productive at eighty-five, but Amram is two years older, and I’ll never catch up.

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Monday, April 24, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

Miss McCarthy broke our historical virginity by asking “Do you think America is always right, seventh-graders?’ Wagging a finger back and forth in our wide-eyed faces she said “Not at all, seventh-graders, not at all!”

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Published in Coming Home

I am proud to honor Arrine McCaw and Andrew Gomes, the winners of the annual Vonnegut Writing Prize of $1,000 at Shortridge High School, donated by the children of Kurt Vonnegut. Ms....

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Monday, March 13, 2017 Published in Coming Home

Here are two women who grew up in Indianapolis talking about their father: Tanya: “He’s a lot of fun. We danced, and we still dance! When I come back to Indy we put on Marvin Gaye and Al Green and we dance...

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Listen to Mark Vonnegut in episode 4 of Uncle Dan's Story Hour, "Creativity and Madness"

Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

– Philo of Alexandria

Upcoming Events


Join Dan and three other writers as they reveal stories from their own spiritual memoirs, and guide the exploration of the spiritual lives of others. This symposium will take place from November 12 — 16, 2017 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the bahamas. For more information, visit the Sivananda website.

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