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

Listen to the latest episode of Uncle Dan's Story Hour

Episode 8

"New York in the 50s"

Aired: July 10, 2017

Dan and Will are joined by composer and author David Amram

On this episode of Uncle Dan’s Story Hour, “New York in the 50s” Writer Dan Wakefield and Host Will Higgins of the Indy Star talk with composer/musician David Amram about living in New York in the 50s and what it was like to collaborate with Jack Kerouac. Recorded live at the Jazz Kitchen.

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

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Monday, June 19, 2017 Published in Books and Writers

"His jazz group played for the publication party thrown by GQ magazine for my memoir New York in the Fifties and he talked and played on the documentary film of the same name."

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

– Philo of Alexandria

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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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