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Leonard Kriegel

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.


Confessions of An Ordinary Man

I am an ordinary man, and like most of my kind take neither pleasure nor its pursuit lightly. On the contrary ordinary men would rather earn pleasure as they have earned their success. Heirs of the Puritans Mencken claimed were as repressed as they [...]

New York Losers-And Winners

Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back, Wherein he puts alms for oblivion. Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida In a city where life grates against nerves already edgy from the unwanted intimacy of boom boxes and blaring car radios, one lear [...]

Beaches In Winter

We know our dreams as we come to know our weaknesses, with the soft familiarity of acceptance. But the acceptance of one's own weaknesses should not be confused with self-indulgence. That, I suspect, explains as well as anything else why I no longe [...]