Dennis Danziger (website) is the author of A Short History of a Tall Jew (my thoughts). The book was funny, hilarious and charming . I later found out that Mr. Danziger used to be a TV writer on shows such as Taxi and Kate and Allie. He writes a bi-weekly column in the Huffington Post and other publications and somehow finds the time to teach public high school.
Q. What was the transition like from writing for TV (one of my favorites: Taxi as well as Kate and Allie) to writing newspaper columns and books?
A. I was never comfortable at writing for TV, never comfortable with the structure. And, I might add, not very good at it. So the transition to columns and books was easy because I went back to writing in forms that felt more natural to me.
Q. Is LA really that crazy?
A. Probably much crazier than the LA I’ve presented in Short History. I wrote the book when I was in my 50s. A writer in his/her 20s or 30s would probably reveal an even more out of whack world.
Q. It seems to me that society doesn’t let the book’s protagonist, a public school teacher, understand how valuable he is and the service he provides. Do you think that is true in the US, or in LA specifically?
A. It’s not just public school teachers who are not valued in America. Over the past few years enormous budget cuts have lead to the firing of police officers, fire fighters, nurses, first responders, city, state and federal workers. Libraries have been closed; clinics have been shuttered and now the post office is eliminating thousands of workers. It seems that unless one makes money off capital gains, you’re not a real American anymore.
Q. Any positive/negative experiences in book promotions? What are the challenges of book promotions in the social media age?
A. I’ve read that more than 200,000 books are published in the States every year. It comes out to something like a book every minute. Unless one has a significant advertising budget, it is hard to get much attention.
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Thanks for great answers and good luck.
Zohar – Man of la Book
- Book Review: A Short History of a Tall Jew by Dennis Danziger (blogcritics.org)
- Glenn Danzig and His Motherfucking Bricks, Bitch, Inspire an Art Installation (metalsucks.net)