Select books by Dan Wakefield

"A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it."

- Joan Didion

"What a wonderful book is Dan Wakefield’s The Story of Your Life. It will help many people to write their own spiritual autobiographies... And I suspect that many readers are going to want to take one of Wakefield’s workshops in writing your spiritual autobiography."

- Madeline L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time

"Wonderful, sad and funny; a scathing portrait of middle America through the eyes of a new fictional character who will inevitably be compared to Portnoy and Holden Caulfield"

- Gay Talese

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

Since I have edited and written introductions to three books of Vonnegut’s works, and I had the pleasure of knowing him for more than forty years, it was assumed I would know all the answers. I didn’t.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

Men didn't conquer Eve Babitz, she conquered them — and wrote about it, in seven published books and assorted articles and stories. Not only did Eve repel unwanted advances, sometimes even an unwelcome opinion could evoke her wrath, which could just as well be a kick in the shins as a withering retort.

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Friday, November 16, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

"The poster the movie company made showed a woman in a bikini – like one of the World War II “pinup girls” the servicemen put on their walls. It seemed like a dumb idea to me since there is no woman in a bikini in the book or in the movie."

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Monday, April 15, 2019 Published in Coming Home

At the next “Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam”, we'll explore how songs inspire stories that become novels or memoirs, and learn how music is now being used in therapy with people who have Alzheimers, and with autistic patients.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Published in Coming Home

The lively and impressive Fonseca Theater Company will present as its finale for their stellar season the play “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” opening March 13th at the Linebacker Lounge...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Published in Coming Home

Wake yourself up with a stimulating new production of “The Ballad of Klook and Vinette” put on by the exciting new Brian Fonseca Theater Company. Founder of The Phoenix Theater, Fonseca is to theater in Indianapolis what Vonnegut is to writing – innovative, thoughtful, un-afraid to rock the boat.

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

– Philo of Alexandria

Dan Wakefield

Dan Wakefield