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Author Archive: "A. J. Albany"

Furious Angels

The intention was to tell how Low Down, a memoir I wrote some 10 years back, came in to being and found its way on to a few bookstore shelves, then earlier this year, wound up as a film. But as the ol' dog-eared world buckles beneath the weight of her woes and inequities, the publishing of 164 pages of fragmented memory feels like little more than a remnant of dandelion fluff blown free from a wish made ages past. Hardly worthy of an entire essay. Yet for the sake of turning up the corners of a few mouths (which some would argue counts for a lot when the going gets tough), I have thrown together an A.D.D.-friendly, third-person account of the experience. It should be read quickly.

A Los Angeles woman is slogging away joylessly in the food service industry. One day she meets a director who manages to pry a conversation out of her, no easy task — highly mistrustful. He discovers that she is the daughter of Joe Albany, a fact of interest to only a handful of devoted jazz nerds. The director, who lives ...


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