DRAFTED, A Memoir of the ’60’s

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Heywood Gould has had a long career as a screenwriter, but in the 60s, he worked for the New York Post, first as a copy boy, then as a stringer and reporter. His new memoir is told in alternating timelines between his childhood in Brooklyn—absorbed by baseball, basketball, his contentious Jewish family—and his young adult years. He packed in a lot of living, including work as a mortician’s assistant, a couple of years spent in Paris with dreams of writing a novel, learning to hustle chess players in Greenwich Park… At the newspaper, he had a front-row seat to all the important events of 1963-65. And throughout his early adulthood, he sought every means possible to avoid being drafted. Gould has a sharp eye for detail and many of the vignettes are full of humor and grit. He gets hustled far more often than manages to fool others, and his lies are often caught out, sometimes with hilarious results. A long-gone New York is rendered upon these pages. It is unfortunate that the book is so poorly edited, full of typos, misspellings, and other errors, which interfered with this reader’s enjoyment.

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Author Heywood Gould
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 376 pages
Publisher Tolmitch Press
Publish Date 21-Jun-2021
ISBN 9781637605349
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Issue July 2021
Category Biographies & Memoirs