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Some Shep subjects for discussion

My 2005 book, Excelsior, You Fathead! covered much of my thoughts and research on Jean Shepherd’s life and work. I hope people will respond to these subjects and suggest others.  Much of what I want to discuss will fall into these categories, and I will be talking about many new thoughts and important pieces of information I’ve gathered in the last few years  Here is a list of the chapter titles/subjects:

Enigma and brickbats

Foibles: The Real Jean Shepherd

I. FORMATIVE YEARS

Tough to be a kid

Army life

Early radio

II. HERITAGE AND ENDOWMENT

I can’t tell a joke: Roots

Cracks in the sidewalk: Close observtions

III. THE GREAT BURGEONING

Night people (earliest NY radio

Man of the world

Dealing with other people

IV. THE TOOLS IN HAND

Sounds

Words

V. ENCOUNTERS AND CONTENTIONS

Shep’s philosophy

America: his country

Us vs. them

Eye contact, ear contact

The money button

VI. Refinements and conversions

The written word

Later NY radio

Other media

VII. SUMMING UP

 

 

 

 

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