Jerome Charyn finds music in sentences and love in his 70s

One Author’s Love Story, 45 Years in the Making

One Author’s Love Story, 45 Years in the Making

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Aug. 25 2015 2:00 AM

Jerome Charyn Finds Music in Sentences and Love in His 70s

The author reflects on his lifelong apprenticeship and his new story collection, Bitter Bronx.

Listen to this episode of The Moment with guest Jerome Charyn:

Jerome Charyn.
Jerome Charyn.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Jörg Meyer.


This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to the highly regarded author, Jerome Charyn. The two discuss Jerome’s love of language, ping-pong, and his latest book of stories, Bitter Bronx. Also, Brian begins to draw a parallel between Charyn and Haruki Murakami’s work, asks about Jerome’s struggles with depression, and rekindles an old idea about a movie about Marty Reisman. Plus, Jerome shares his touching story about finding love in his 70s and the cat that stole his heart.

Topics discussed on today’s show include:

Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories by Jerome Charyn
Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins
 by Jerome Charyn
I Am Abraham
 by Jerome Charyn
The American University of Paris
Jerome Charyn’s interview with Frederic Tuten
The Power Broker
 by Robert Caro
I Smile Back
 by Amy Koppelman
Why Are We In Vietnam
? by Norman Mailer
 by James Joyce

People discussed on today’s show include:

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.