Wednesday, April 25, 1979
The April 23, 1979 issue of Publishers Weekly has a review of Richard Grayson's With Hitler in New York:
WITH HITLER IN NEW YORK AND OTHER STORIES
Richard Grayson. Taplinger, $7.95
Grayson pokes fun at American life -- politicians, business, television and fads -- in these sharp, witty stories populated by such figures as Farrah Fawcett-Majors, "Chief Justice Burger, Teen Idol," and Sarah Lawrence of Arabia. Abe Lincoln, who isn't the least bit interested in slavery, sprawls on a couch in total apathy as Stephen Douglas makes love to Mary Todd upstairs. The degeneration of love in an alienated society is sketched in "Classified Personal," a collection of ads signed by Sappho, The Impotent Kid, Take Me I'm Yours, and other lonely hearts in search of potential mates. "In the Lehman Collection," a boy jogs 11 miles a day through the Main Gallery, a family takes a tour in their Winnebago, and a man is stabbed, unnoticed. The staccato style, laced with puns and wisecracks, is apt for these amusing if somewhat contrived satires. [June 15]
Friday, April 6, 1979
Taplinger Publishing Company's Spring 1979 Catalog features Richard Grayson's "With Hitler in New York"
Thirty astonishing stories by an exciting new writer –
Hitler and Mike get stoned and go for eggcreams in Brighton Beach. Buddy’s grandfather secretly knows that Farrah Fawcett-Majors has a foreign accent. A famous weight-lifter realizes that he’s got to live inside the body he’s built for himself. A teenage fan magazine tells ‘How to Make Chief Justice Burger Love You.’ A woman dutifully lies under the bed while her son has sex with Sarah Lawrence of Arabia. Cambodian insurgents auction off centaurs, gorgons, satyrs and griffins. A short story on a low-cholesterol diet gets arrested for solicitation. . . Welcome to the world of Richard Grayson, a gifted young writer whose short fiction, published in dozens of literary magazines, has been startling lucky readers for years. With Hitler in New York is a collection of Grayson’s finest, freshest, funniest work – thirty original visions of the way we live now.
160 pp. 5¼x8 $7.95 8406-X May Fiction
- Taplinger Publishing Company Spring 1979 Catalogue, page 14