He wrote that in... Albany?!

Marion Roach SmithLocal writer Marion Roach was on the public radio program Studio 360 this past Friday talking about how reading William Kennedy's Legs helped bring her to Albany:

Roach was enthralled, then shocked to discover that Kennedy lived and worked in Albany, a city she only knew from grumbling Times reporters. "No one ever who worked covering the legislature wanted to spend an extra second in Albany," she remembers. "It was one of those places that people talked about as being completely moribund."
Kennedy's achievement, far from the centers of literary glamor, planted a seed for Roach. "I think that we are so sure that most serious artists live in New York, Paris, London," she says, "that I needed to be told, that art is here, art is everywhere. Write from where you are, or go where you want to write." When Roach was assigned her first big article [in 1983], she went to upstate New York to do the work. She stayed, and lives today near Albany.

The audio segment is embedded after the jump. In it she mentions the guy "she kind of met halfway" and married. As you probably know, he's Rex Smith, the editor of the Times Union.

Marion Roach teaches a series of very popular classes on writing at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. One of them starts this Wednesday.

Here's the segment:

By the way: Legs is about notorious bootlegger/gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond. He spent his last night, in 1931, at the Rain-Bo Room club at the Kenmore Hotel on Pearl Street celebrating his acquittal at a trial in Troy. He was murdered later that night in a boarding house on Dove Street.

photo: Erica Berger

As it happens, the Arts Center does advertise on AOA.

Comments

Oh, how lovely of you to feature this. Many thanks. I am delighted to see it here. And by the way, I love Albany now.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

"Man, @#$% Bon Jovi!"

There are a bunch of interesting threads that intersect in situation surround the impending sale of the Buffalo Bills: culture, identity, Buffalo's future, Andrew Cuomo.... (more)

Casinos 5 years from now? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Poll out this week asked people in the upstate regions being considered for casinos to predict five years from... (more)

Info sessions on new CDTA smart cards and mobile payments

Pay by mobile phone to ride the bus? CDTA isn't there, yet -- but it hopes to be by next year. This week the transit... (more)

Morning Blend

In Buffalo Monday, Andrew Cuomo pushed back -- he was "feisty and unrepentant", in the NYT's words -- on the accusations that his administration had... (more)

Architecture gawking in Albany's warehouse district

The recently announced project to develop plans for reusing a handful of historic industrial buildings around the Capital Region -- and specifically, a very early... (more)

Recent Comments

I think part of the outrage is a manifestation of the guilt felt by the crowd that refuses to recognize any part of Troy that isn't glossy, groomed, or hipsterfied or threatens that image. I love Troy. I've invested in Troy. But I'm not blind that there is a caste system in Troy. ...

Greulich's Market checks out

...has 3 comments, most recently from Johnh

Architecture gawking in Albany's warehouse district

...has 2 comments, most recently from Andy

Info sessions on new CDTA smart cards and mobile payments

...has 1 comment, most recently from Paula

Reaction to the reaction

...has 3 comments, most recently from CAOD

Along the cheese trail

...has 1 comment, most recently from Ryan