Here are some of my favorite books and authors.
Helprin is a great novelist as well as a speech writer for Bob Dole (He wrote the speech for Dole's resignation from the Senate and his Republican nomination speech). I think Helprin should stick to writing published fiction.
J. P. Donleavy
The author of The Ginger Man. Enough said.
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"Writing is turning one's worst moments into money." --J.P. Donleavy
"When you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both it's health." --J.P. Donleavy