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Book Title: In the Night Cafe|
The author of the book: Joyce Johnson
ISBN 13: 9780525247418
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 755 KB
Edition: Dutton Books
Date of issue: April 14th 1989
Read full description of the books In the Night Cafe:In the Night Cafe begins with promise--a widow meets the young children of her deceased husband and wishes she could take the boy for herself. I thought there was a lot of potential here, but the story abandons this idea and becomes an account of the joys and heartbreak of being married to an alcoholic abstract impressionist painter who can't sell his work. Fair enough. I was interested, up to a point. But then the narrative takes another 360 and ends with the narrator's second marriage, then the birth and illness of her son.
I know nothing about the author or her work, and from reading other reviews I see now that this novel is probably autobiographical. Although I like to think all people's lives are interesting, this story was disjointed and therefore unsatisfying--especially the ending.
Read information about the authorBorn Joyce Glassman to a Jewish family in Queens, New York, Joyce was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, just around the corner from the apartment of William S. Burroughs and Joan Vollmer Burroughs. Allen Ginsberg and Kerouac were frequent visitors to Burroughs' apartment.
At the age of 13, Joyce rebelled against her controlling parents and began hanging out in Washington Square. She matriculated at Barnard College at 16, failing her graduation by one class. It was at Barnard that she became friends with Elise Cowen (briefly Allen Ginsberg's lover) who introduced her to the Beat circle. Ginsberg arranged for Glassman and Kerouac to meet on a blind date.
Joyce was married briefly to abstract painter James Johnson, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. From her second marriage to painter Peter Pinchbeck, which ended in divorce, came her son, Daniel Pinchbeck, also an author and co-founder of Open City literary magazine.
Since 1983 she has taught writing, primarily at Columbia University's MFA program, but also at the Breadloaf Writers Conference, the University of Vermont and New York University. In 1992 she received an NEA grant.
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