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NFT: "Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists"

Stu11 : 2/4/2019 2:44 pm
caught this doc on HBO this weekend and it was really really well done. Anyone from this area my age(50) or definitely older will love it. Takes you back to a different era in the city when things were much more blue collar and newspapers and their columnists really were the heartbeat of the city. They really detailed Breslin's connection to the working man and The contrast in styles between him and Hamill(who dated Jackie Kennedy,Shirley McLaine etc...) and how they both made it work. It was fun reminiscing about all the events that were such big events in the sociological make-up of the city and area as I grew up from a kid into young adulthood- Central Park 5, Son of Sam, Bernie Goetz the subway vigilante,that explosion when Abe Hirshfield took over the Post for like a week and the newspaper staff itself had an open revolt against him in the printed edition of the paper...
I was about to post a thread about it the other night  
Motley Two : 2/4/2019 2:50 pm : link
but there wasn't much activity on BBI at the time.

Thought it was very well done. Breslin was a hell of a writer.
This sounds really interesting.  
DonQuixote : 2/4/2019 3:08 pm : link
Thanks for the recommendation.
Thanks for this!  
Jay in Toronto : 2/4/2019 3:53 pm : link
Back when the Post was actually not a rag. Amazing writing (though I did read back to front :) ) Max Lerner and Murray Kempton under the direction of James Wechsler. Hamill was my favorite -- his piece when the '67 war broke out was amazing. Love his books as well.

Then of course, Breslin's 'campaign' with Norman Mailer. LOL.
Yep Jay I was a dedicated reader of the NY Post from my teens  
Stu11 : 2/4/2019 3:58 pm : link
till maybe 10-15 years ago when it just got too conservative for me. I read the Daily News a lot too. loved the sports sections but read it cover to cover. Loved reading Dick Young, Breslin, Hamill, Pete Vescey in his hey day etc...
Watched it.  
DonQuixote : 2/5/2019 6:10 pm : link
and really liked it! Thanks again for the rec
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