Closing Time: A Memoir by Joe Queenan

By Joe Queenan

A deeply humorous and affecting memoir a few nice break out from a youth of poverty

Joe Queenan's acerbic riffs on video clips, activities, books, politics, and lots of of the least forgivable phenomena of popular culture have made him some of the most renowned humorists and commentators of our time. In last Time Queenan turns his points of interest on a extra severe and private subject: his early life in a Philadelphia housing venture within the early Sixties. through turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Closing Time recounts Queenan's Irish Catholic upbringing in a kinfolk ruled by means of his erratic father, a violent but oddly captivating emotional terrorist whose alcoholism fuels a unlimited torrent of self-pity, railing, destruction, and late-night chats with the Lord Himself. With assistance from a sequence of mentors and surrogate fathers, and armed along with his personal livid love of books and tune, Joe starts the lengthy flight clear of the dismal confines of his neighborhood-with a short misbegotten cease at a seminary-and into the broader global. Queenan's unforgettable account of the wear and tear performed to young children through mom and dad with out futures and of the grace young children locate to maneuver past those reviews will entice lovers of Augusten Burroughs and Mary Karr, and may take its position as an autobiography within the vintage American culture.

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Howell worked undercover and in the shadows, but that wasn’t my style. indd 30 4/7/11 8:16:45 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine One of my first moves was to discontinue the INS agents’ meetings with Benny Ong. The intelligence had dropped off dramatically, and the meetings were a paperwork nightmare. It was not standard FBI practice to interview the principal subject of the investigation first. Had I approached Klegmeir right away, he would have only denied the allegations, and I wouldn’t have had anything to confront him with.

The interviews would have been worthless except that we got bank account information from all of them. indd 34 4/7/11 8:16:46 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine to Rudy’s office, requesting even more subpoenas. Giuliani was getting impatient, and so was I. So far, thousands of man-hours had been expended with no real results. Kuriansky handled some of the paperwork. When I explained to him what was happening, he gave me the 12 or so subpoenas I needed. The bank records showed a very unusual pattern. Not one of these immigrants had a checking account, but all of them had savings.

The interviews would have been worthless except that we got bank account information from all of them. indd 34 4/7/11 8:16:46 AM A Big Case Becomes Mine to Rudy’s office, requesting even more subpoenas. Giuliani was getting impatient, and so was I. So far, thousands of man-hours had been expended with no real results. Kuriansky handled some of the paperwork. When I explained to him what was happening, he gave me the 12 or so subpoenas I needed. The bank records showed a very unusual pattern. Not one of these immigrants had a checking account, but all of them had savings.

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