Sunday, November 17, 2013

Jimmy Breslin

Vote the Rascals In Mailer Breslin, No More Bullshit

When City Elections Were Fun(NYT)

When Vision Was King 
The 51st State
When Norman Mailer ran for mayor, the race was fueled by the outsize talent that powered New York itself. IN 1969, in the midst of devastating strikes, rising racial conflict, sinking finances, terrifying crime rates and an expanding, dysfunctional city bureaucracy, the pugilistic writer Norman Mailer made a quixotic bid for mayor of New York.

Today Galvanizing visions? Hey, maybe there’s an app for that
The columnist Jimmy Breslin campaigned alongside him for City Council president. Far from being a gimmick, the pair electrified the electorate with bold plans and even bolder political theatrics. “People,” Mailer said, explaining his plan to harmonize the city’s neighborhoods into self-ruling municipalities, “are healthier if they live out their prejudices rather than suppressing them in uniformity.” Imagine any of the current candidates talking like that. Gloria Steinem, one of the organizers of Mailer’s campaign, wrote at the time, “The possibility of inserting any ideas at all into the primary seems better than leaving it to the professionals.”Mailer wanted to put free bicycles in city parks and to ban cars from Manhattan. He proposed subsidized day care, giving methadone to addicts, requiring the police to live in the neighborhoods they served and converting dilapidated waterfronts to affordable housing.

Words and Wisdom of Jimmy Breslin

Pulitzer Prize-winning and hard working reporter Jimmy Breslin was interview last week by CUNY investigative report in residence Tom Robbins on the publication of his new book Branch Rickey by Jimmy Breslin at the CUNY Graduate Center (The old Harold Tribune building) . (Video)

Media, is the Plural of Mediocrity 

Investigative Reporting Not Done Today's Reports Mostly About Opinions
I say as a reader your getting robbed   . . . Go Out and report that is with two feet and go out and climb stairs . pay attent to what the guy said - shut up and listen. He was the first to report charges that a narcotics suspect had been tortured with an electronic stun gun while in police custody in Queens. He was also cited for sympathetic portraits of AIDS victims.

Lazy does not require any thought

Lazy suckers Reports did not cover aids or the 106th Pct. stun gun scandal. Breslin did and won the Pulitzer for his investigative reporting

 "Branch Rickey Changed America By Putting the First Black Jacky Robinson in Major League Baseball" Breslin

Book review: 'Branch Rickey' by Jimmy Breslin (LA Times)

Breslin Hates Copycat Journalism
Don't Follow the Crowd - That is Death
"Don't go with the mob. Not going to be with everyone else the pack"  On the morning of President Kennedy Funeral Breslin did not want to do the same column that hundreds of other reporters were writing so he when to Arlington Cemetery and interview the working class man who dug the grave for president. Digging JFK Grave Was His Honor

Journalism Lost

The Lost Art of Jimmy Breslin Journalism
To younger colleagues: the story isn't always the person with the title. Why Jimmy Breslin is a legend in his time
Prints of the city (NYDN Ed) Toasting legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin. Far too long ago, Stanley Walker, legendary city editor of the New York Herald Tribune, described the newspaper you are reading as “a jolly, rollicking brother of all humanity.” The memorable phrase came to mind with Jimmy Breslin’s induction into the Deadline Club’s Hall of Fame. It well fits the man. Breslin came to journalism equipped with the painter’s eye for detail, the composer’s ear for the music of New York speech and a heart that could write. Good columnist? No. Great columnist, one day hilarious, the next heartbreaking, unafraid, on the right guy’s side, always authentic, even when peopling his pieces with characters of the imagination.

About Jimmy
Mr. Breslin, who was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, began his column in 1963 for the defunct New York Herald Tribune in a style that has been described as The New Journalism - borrowing in style from traditional fiction.
 He wrote for The New York Herald Tribune from 1963 until 1966, for The Daily News from 1976 to 1988, and then for Newsday. His columns were peopled with the prominent, like Hugh Carey, the former governor, but also with shady characters with names like Sam Silverware, Larry Lightfingers and Jerry the Booster, and with normal New Yorkers struggling with crime, poverty and other urban and human ills.

More Jimmy "The Pekingese Press - Afraid of Everything"

"Newspapers Do Not Attack Politicians Enough"

Breslin could not name a columnist he reads today

Breslin Ran on the Norman Mailer Mayoral Ticket in 1969

"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers."
Jimmy Breslin

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