Monday, March 20, 2006

Bronx Noir

SJ Rozan let me know it was kosher to tell the world I'm in Bronx Noir coming soon from Akashic . The Akashic line of Noir titles is extra cool, and now I'm in. That's cooler than a thousand Suns.

You may wonder where's the Bronx? The Bronx is up and the Battery's down goes the song. Ie, the Bronx (da Bronx) is North of Manhattan. One of the five boroughs that make up New York City, fourth in population with only 800,000 citizens. Where are all the others, you might ask? I understand most made it out alive.

Who the hell comes from the Bronx? You ask. Besides SJ of course. And Me. Try Ed McBain. Try Mary Higgins Clark. Try Penny Marshall. Okay, so she's not too mystery related.

How about Edgar Allan Poe? Wrote some of his most famous poetry while living in the Bronx. Mostly about going crazy.

Expect Bronx memories from me for a while to come. Can you tell I'm excited? Me a little Puerto Rican kid who grew up in one of the worst neighborhoods in a tough city and now I'm...anthologized!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Steve. You and Sj do your bourogh proud. How exactly did you survive your tough neighborhood? And more importantly how did you end up at a college in CT?

March 20, 2006 8:49 PM  
Blogger Steven said...

Surviving a tough neighborhood is easy when you imagine that everyone else is living the same way. There was a heroin shooting gallery in the abandoned building across the street from where I lived. It caught fire with frequency when the junkies stumbled out into the daylight and forgot to put out the candles they'd used to melt down their smack... For a long while, I figured most people had the same kinds of thing happening outside their homes.

As for teaching in CT, once you get the Ph. D., there really isn't all that much to do else but teach, and you go where the jobs are. The jobs aren't in NYC (everyone wants to teach there). CT it is after a stop in Utica NY. Simple.

Better question is how I got into Bronx Noir.

March 20, 2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger Daniel Hatadi said...

So how'd you get into Bronx Noir?

Congrats, by the way. Must be getting hold of some of those Noir anthos.

March 21, 2006 12:09 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Oh that is excellent news!

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