Dark Knowledge, the third title in my Metropolis series of novels set in nineteenth-century New York, was released by Anaphora Literary Press on January 5, 2018, making it available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Signed copies are available from the author. For more about this and other works of mine, see below following the post.
A note to my friends: Yes, I publicize my books, because you have to, and this year there will be more. BUT: Don't buy them unless you really wish to read them. I don't want to be one of those writers whose friends say, "Oh my God, he's published another book! I suppose we'll have to buy it." Some of my friends buy all my books, some buy none, and some buy some but not others, and all of that is okay. In time, books usually find their audience.
Greenwich Village, including the West Village where I live and the East Village, has seen many significant beginnings. For instance:
- Jane Jacobs, the pioneering preservationist, wrote her first book, The Life and Death of Great American Cities, while living here, and in the 1960s helped defeat an urban renewal plan by Robert Moses that would have devastated Washington Square Park -- the first defeat of such a plan.
- The first public meeting of the NAACP occurred here at Cooper Union in 1909.
- Margaret Sanger, the founder in 1916 of the first birth control clinic, lived here.
- Thomas Paine, the fiery patriot whose 1776 pamphlet Common Sense helped bring on the American Revolution, lived here.
- Bell Labs, where TV, talkie movies, lasers, and the transistor were developed, was here from 1898 to 1966.
- Dating from 1971, Westbeth, the first large-scale adaptation of an industrial building (Bell Labs) for residential use, is here.
- Bob Dylan first performed here, at Gerde's Folk City, in 1961.
- Billie Holiday first sang her protest against lynching, Strange Fruit," here at the first racially integrated nightclub, Café Society.
- The first community garden was here.
- Hare Krishna was founded here in 1965.
- The gay rights movement began here with the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
- The first rock musical, Hair, was produced here at the Public Theater in 1967.
Money: Is It Even Real?
|The Fort Knox gold vault today.
|Bars of gold in the gold vault of the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York.
A new form of money has surfaced recently: bitcoin, a digital currency launched in 2009 by persons unknown using the name Satoshi Nakamoto and not backed by any central bank. Like conventional money, however, it depends on people having faith in it. It has proved profitable for some, but at present I see it, and other digital currencies that have since appeared, as just another form of funny money, a highly speculative venture that could well end as most speculations do: in a bust.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
For readers who like historical fiction and a fast-moving story.
"A real yarn of a story about a lovable pickpocket who gets into trouble and has a great adventure. A must read." Five-star Amazon customer review by nicole w brown.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, if you like, but no porn (I don't do porn). Women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.