The 60-Second Novelist: by Dan Hurley
Author: Dan Hurley
|In 1983, Dan Hurley took his 1953 Royal typewriter onto Chicago's Michigan Avenue to begin writing what he called "60-Second Novels." Thinking it would be a one-time lark, he offered to interview passersby and write a story inspired by their conversation. The response changed his life: people lined up to pay 5 per story, pouring out their stories as if he were a confessor or Dear Abby. He quit his job as an editor to travel the country in search of stories, eventually writing the life stories of over 22,613 people (and counting!), from Chicago to New York, Hawaii to Florida, on a Times Square rooftop and eventually on his #1 writing site on America Online. |
Hurley has listened as children and crack addicts, the homeless and the famous, confessed their secrets and a lifetime of wisdom: the real-life truth about love, fame, money, health and happiness. Now at last he tells all in The 60-Second Novelist: What 22,613 People Taught Me About Life Crazy but true, funny and inspiring, these novels in a nutshell will make you laugh, cry...and learn the wisdom of the ages in the blink of an eye.
The book includes over 100 photographs and 60 of the original stories, reproduced exactly as they were tapped out on his typewriter, typos and all, for Vanna White, Tom Brokaw, and thousands of people you've never heard of, including:
a New Jersey family who miraculously survived the 1990 Avianca plane crash;
a homeless man living in a Brooklyn dumpster on Christmas;
Iowa hog farmers who welcome Dan into their lives;
a little boy on his first day of kindergarten, who wants to grow up to be "a bird;"
a Detroit crack dealer who protects Dan from local thugs;
a Chicago woman who slaps Dan because she doesn't like her story;
a World War II soldier who fell in love with the photo of a hometown girl he'd never met --and ended up marrying her;
two young women on leave from a Manhattan psychiatric hospital.
Possibly the most amazing true story of the book is Hurley's own: how he went from sidewalks to cyberspace, while becoming a "performance writer" at posh parties, department stores, colleges and trade shows. Weaving his odyssey with the 60-Second novels he wrote along the way, The 60-Second Novelist will touch you forever.
Features: Illustrated, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Initial Print Run: 20000
Physical Info: 0.63" H x 8.48" L x 5.52" W (0.69 lbs) 207 pages
Carton Quantity: 48
Publisher: Health Communications
US SRP: 9.95 US
Pub Date: August 01, 1999
"A sidewalk Shakespeare." - People
"His fans love his tongue-in-check, affectionate and personalized novels."
The New York Times
"Part entertainer, part psychotherapist. An online celeb whose star quality leaps from the screen."
"On a recent spring evening at 63rd Street and Broadway in Manhattan, it
didn't take long before a small crowd clustered around Hurley. After a few
probes, Dan was ready to write about a couple named Carla and Jay. His
fingers flew. No erasing. Sixty seconds later, more or less, Dan reached
the end of the novel. He read it aloud. When he was finished, Carla wept.
- New York Newsday
- Religion | Inspirational
-20th century -Fiction
-Performance art -Social life and customs
-Technique -United States
- Religious Orientation | Christian
OCLC Number: OCLC#40948515
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|The 60-Second Novelist: by Dan Hurley|
Author: Dan Hurley
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What 22,613 People Taught Me About Life: In 1983, Dan Hurley took his 1953 Royal typewriter onto Chicago's Michigan Avenue to begin writing what he called "60-Second Novels." Thinking it would be a one-time lark, he offered to interview passersby and ...