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About meFreelance copy editor and writer working out of my home in Woodstock, New York.
As a writer: published two nonfiction novels I Think, Therefore Who Am I?, Memoir of a Psychedelic Year, republished in Italy as Penso, dunque chi sono?; and Digging Deeper, A Memoir of the Seventies. I'm doing touch-up work on Getting Real, A Nonfiction Novel, to be published next year, begins where the previous book ended and covers about twenty years.
As a copy editor, I edit and style manuscripts for various publishers. I don't earn a whole lot doing this but the benefits include working on my own schedule, which allows me to carve out hefty chunks of time to do my own writing.
Ironically, my editing vocation has made me less of a reader; that is, when I'm not getting paid to do it. For one thing, when not dealing with words, I prefer to watch rather than read; movies, television, people on the street. For another, when the makeup of a book is out of my creative control, it often feels too idle a pursuit to merely read.
About my libraryFavorite and/or influential writers, as I prefer them (for example, Didion and Mailer the essay writers vs. novelists):
novels, novellas, short stories: Thomas Berger, Bukowski, Anthony Burgess, Albert Camus, Celine, Pete Dexter, Dostoievski, Ralph Ellison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gunter Grass, Russell Greenan, Ring Lardner, H.P. Lovecraft, Somerset Maugham, Henry Miller, Henri de Monfreid, John O'Hara, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger, Stefan Zweig
mystery, espionage: Eric Ambler, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, John le Carré, Alan Furst, Jean-Claude Izzo, Sebastien Japrisot, Walter Mosley, Simenon, Martin Cruz Smith, Julian Symons, Jim Thomson
nonfiction (history, philosophy, psychology, spirituality): Henri Bergson, Isaiah Berlin, Gurdjieff, Tony Judt, Jung, Keyserling, Kierkegaard, Krishnamurti, Claudio Naranjo, Nietzsche, Ouspensky, Dane Rudhyar, Oswald Spengler, Tocqueville
nonfiction (art, film, journalism, personal essays and criticism): Joan Didion, Manny Farber, Elie Faure, William Hazlitt, Robert Hughes, Aldous Huxley, Pauline Kael, Milan Kundera, A.J. Liebling, Phillip Lopate, Norman Mailer, André Malraux, Louis Menand, Montaigne, George Orwell, Jean Paul Sartre, Hunter Thompson, Colin Wilson, Edmund Wilson
Favorite bookstoresDove & Hudson (Albany), Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Half Moon Books (Kingston, NY), Herridge Books (Wellfleet, MA), Inquiring Minds (New Paltz, NY), Our Bookstore (Saugerties, NY), Powell's City of Books (Portland), Raven Used Book Shop, Rogers Book Barn (Hillsdale, NY), St. Mark's Bookshop (New York City), Tattered Cover Book Store - Colfax Avenue (Denver)
Favorite librariesWoodstock Library
Real namePeter Weissman
LocationWoodstock, New York
Favorite authorsNot set
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceNov 12, 2008