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

A cookbook for designing Albany streets

The city of Albany's ongoing process to plan for a more walkable and bike-friendly future took another step forward this week with the public presentation... (more)

Walking in Hamilton's footsteps

Albany is presenting with many of the symptoms of Hamilton fever. A themed tour of a historic home. A themed exhibit at a museum. And... (more)

Downtown Troy car share

Capital CarShare, which currently operates cars stationed in Albany, says it's been getting requests to start service in downtown Troy. So it's asking potential members... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: love, parenthood, pregnancy, the Hidden City garden tour, maidenhair spleenwort, the... (more)

National award for owners of The Confectionery and Peck's

The owners Peck's Arcade and The Confectionery -- Heather LaVine and Vic Christopher -- have been named to Eater's 2016 "Young Guns" list of restaurant... (more)

Recent Comments

The best piece of advice I give friends who admire how much stuff I don't have is: if you don't use it, lose it!

Design help for organizing a house?

...has 6 comments, most recently from Melissa

Downtown Troy car share

...has 1 comment, most recently from Robyn

What's up in the Neighborhood

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

Pulled pork plate at Middleburgers BBQ

...has 9 comments, most recently from SchoLocal

Troy Mini Maker Faire at TVCOG

...has 1 comment, most recently from Burnt My Fingers