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This edition: Breslin on Breslin

Episode Details

Original tape date: June 10, 2013.

First aired: June 10, 2013.

This episode of “Irish Writers in America,” a new 13 part series from CUNY TV (City University of New York television station), features Pulitzer-Prize winning legendary journalist and author of The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, Jimmy Breslin, in a long-form interview conducted by… Jimmy Breslin!

Jimmy Breslin talks about how he changed the face of journalism, being the target of notorious serial killer “Son of Sam,” what it means to “find the gravedigger” in the story, as well as the past tragedies and joys of his personal life. He explains in no uncertain terms the importance of drinking and the culture of the barroom, the allure of criminals over politicians, his preference for the challenges of fiction writing, and the demise of journalism as we know it. His latest subject, Branch Rickey, is discussed as a way of understanding the changing racial climate in America.

Shot at his beautiful apartment, “Breslin on Breslin” offers the rare chance to see Jimmy Breslin under the microscope of his own irreverent interview style.

Guest List

Jimmy Breslin Journalist