Draft­ed, A Mem­oir of the 60’s

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2020

It’s 1966, young Hey­wood Gould, has his dream job as reporter at the ultra lib­er­al (that’s right lib­er­al) New York Post, along­side young writ­ers like Nora Ephron, Pete Hamill, and Antho­ny Scaduto.

Then he gets that fate­ful let­ter that begins, Greet­ings.” He’s been caught in the Viet­nam draft.

Now he is torn between his hatred of the war and his loy­al­ty to his intense­ly patri­ot­ic fam­i­ly, Jew­ish immi­grants who cred­it Amer­i­ca with sav­ing their lives, all of whom served in World War II.

In this com­ic mem­oir of his ear­ly life, screen­writer, direc­tor, and nov­el­ist, Gould cuts back and forth between vivid scenes of child­hood and com­ing of age in New York City in the 60s. Fight­ing anti­se­mit­ic bul­lies in the neigh­bor­hood, hus­tling the chess hus­tlers in Wash­ing­ton Square Park, col­lect­ing corpses for a Brook­lyn Jew­ish funer­al home.

Pos­sessed of uncan­ny recall for details, an unpar­al­leled ear for dia­logue, and dis­arm­ing can­dor about his foibles, young Hey­wood is great com­pa­ny. Read­ers will be treat­ed to a ride to anoth­er era, not so ter­ri­bly long ago.

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