About Neal Pollack [Aug 30, 2002]
Many journalists have been interested in Neal lately. Here are some excellent new clips for you to study...
Neal Pollack represents many things to many people, and nothing to many more. Depending on who is being interviewed, Pollack is
--The Greatest Living American Writer, author of more than 50 books of fiction, nonfiction, military and culinary history, and biographer of seven Presidents.
--Lover to hundreds of beautiful, mysterious women and several men.
--A wealthy recluse waiting out the end of his days at his secret fortress in Malta, attended to only by his mistress and his beleaguered manservant Roger.
--A reckless bon vivant and adventure journalist who also owns a "writer's" bar in Chelsea.
--A five-time National Poetry Slam Champion and founder of the Neal Pollack Poetry Center For Homeless Immigrants in The Bronx.
--A devoted son, husband, and father.
--A mystery wrapped inside a riddle wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside a tortilla with turkey, jack cheese, mixed greens, and Caesar dressing.
--Dave Eggers (NOT TRUE!)
--A former antiques appraiser who disappears for years at a time and writes mysterious books beloved by his literary acquaintances.
--The head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
--The essence of what it means to be human.
But there are a few verifiable facts known about Pollack. He is the author of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, the first book published by McSweeneys Books of Brooklyn, New York, and Poetry and Other Poems, the eighth book published by McSweeneys. In a stunning sellout, Pollack allowed himself to be purchased by HarperCollins, an international media and snack-food conglomerate owned by a kind-hearted hardworking liberal Australian, for only $22,000. That company has produced a version of the Anthology that is 100 pages longer than the original edition, and a three-CD spoken-word “boxed set” of Pollack’s collected recordings that will certainly sell dozens of copies. Pollack is also now a recording artist on Bloodshot Records, the best alternative-country label in Chicago, which permitted him to make an album with the legendary Jon Langford, who Pollack worships as an artist and feels a mild but controllable sexual attraction toward.
Neal Pollack is a regular contributor to many fine publications, including the New York Press and Philadelphia Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia, for reasons known only to him. Many journalists have dared to write about Pollack, but the following have done it very well, and with good humor. Enjoy the articles, linked below. May they give you fortitude and knowledge in these troubled economic times.