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His Metropolis series of historical fiction set in nineteenth-century New York has five novels to date: The Pleasuring of Men (his only gay-themed work), Bill Hope: His Story, Dark Knowledge, The Eye That Never Sleeps, and Forbidden Brownstones. His poetry has appeared online and in print.
His blog, No Place for Normal: New York, is about anything and everything New York.
A longtime resident, he lives in Greenwich Village high above the Magnolia Bakery of "Sex and the City" fame, and thinks New York is the most exciting city in the world.
He has never owned a television, a car, or a cell phone. Mostly vegan, he is fascinated by slime molds, never kills spiders, and eats garlic to fend off vampires. (So far, it seems to be working.)
His blog: https://cbrowder.blogspot.com/
His motto: Geezers rock.
But when the widow dies, Junius takes up a job as butler in the sumptuous brownstone of Madame Ida, who runs the most exclusive brothel in the city. Madame Ida offers her aging white male clientele the illusion of freshness, propriety, and youth.
Junius loves the house’s ornate furnishings, savors its aromas, caresses its surfaces. He even finds love with Ida’s personal maid, Thelma. But Junius struggles to hold on to his brownstone, facing racial and sexual prejudice, a sudden death in the parlor, and an inevitable decision between true love and an absorbing but unobtainable obsession.
"I got to be a millionaire afore I know'd it hardly," remarked the Wall Street financier Daniel Drew (1797-1879).
An uneducated farm boy from Putnam County, New York, he became in turn a successful cattle drover, a circus clown, tavern keeper, a shrewd Hudson River steamboat operator, and an unscrupulous speculator. As the colorful "Uncle Daniel" of Wall Street-his whiskered face seamed with wrinkles and twinkling with steel-gray eyes—time and again he disrupted the financial markets with manipulations whereby he either won or lost millions of dollars.
Having "got religion" upon hearing a scary hell-fire sermon at the age of fourteen, Drew was also a fervent Methodist. Rumors of his financial operations—epic struggles that pitted him against Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, and Jim Fisk, and that subjected him to threats of arrest and even kidnapping, and on one occasion to a most undignified flight from the state-baffled and disturbed the Methodists, who admittedly had little grasp of Wall Street but knew firsthand Brother Drew's tearful repentance at prayer meetings and his generosity in founding churches and seminaries.
With its dual commitment to religion and rascality, Drew's career is a rich study in contradictions, an exciting chronicle of high drama and low comedy capped by bankruptcy. To understand Drew in his complexity, the author argues, is to get a grip on the heady and exploitative age that produced him—the yesterday of "smartness" and "go ahead" that helped engender the America of today. Based on primary sources, this is the first full-fledged biography of Drew, who hitherto has been known chiefly through a fictionalized and fraudulent account of 1910.
A quirky New York City memoirClifford Browder’s New Yorkers is the quirky memoir of a longtime resident who loves his city, a selective glance at that city’s amazing history, and a bit of a travel book, all rolled into one.
It’s for people who love (or hate) the city, and people who have visited or want to visit it.
Readers will learn
• Who New Yorkers are and how they live and die
• How many languages are spoken there (you’d be surprised)
• How many witches there are (you'd be surprised)
• Whose funeral caused an all-day riot
• Why a cemetery offers trolley-car tours and whiskey tastings
• How Fifth Avenue went from goats to grandeur
• How your taxi driver may be a Tibetan, a Sherpa from Nepal, or a gypsy
• How the Statue of Liberty almost didn’t happen
• Which flashy modern hotel would-be suicides should avoid at all costs, and why
• How the author learned the Charleston on YouTube, proof that geezers rock.
New York is the most exciting city in the world. Everyone should know it, at least a little. It’s unique.
some exhilarating, some painful, some mysterious—Tom matures, until an unexpected act of violence provokes a final resolution.