Leonard Kriegel was born in the Bronx, New York in 1933 and still lives and writes about the city. At the age of eleven, he contracted polio, which left him without the use of his legs. It also left him with a focus for his anger as well as a subject for his writing. It was the subject of his first book, The Long Walk Home (1964), and he was to return to it in two recent collections of essays, Falling into Life (1991) and Flying Solo (1999). His essays and stories have appeared in such magazine as Partisan Review, Sewanee Review, and Harper’s.