Join hosts Tom Riddell and Robin Eduardo as they welcome author Jim Murphy to The Writers Lounge. Sit back and relax as Jim discusses what it's like to be a writer and he will also talk to us about his book: My Life Before I Decided To Commit Suicide.
Jim starts off by telling us about his early life in Auburn, New York and describes, from a toddlers point of view, his adventures from back then. A defining moment of humorous horror for young James was when he was “.. sucked into child-eating chocolate quicksand..”. He fights and survives this ordeal and realizes at that point that he has super powers; just like his beloved dad.
From Auburn, New York the family finally decides to move to “The Valley” in Syarcuse, New York. This is where Jim learns to ride a bike dangerously and to involve himself in all of the naughty antics that young boys learn as they grow up- including smoking cigarettes for the first time and yes, getting caught by your dad.
Soon, with super powers still intact, his family makes another move just south of Syracuse to a small little community called Nedrow- or as many of its inhabitants like to affectionately call it: “Deadrow” or “Skidrow”. This is where Jim finally learns how to turn into a bird and fly. He flies over the Onondaga Indian Reservation but eventually lands back down on the ground and his life moves on into his adolescent years. He recounts numerous stories as he grows up in Nedrow and one of the funniest is how he describes the birth of a very dear black friend of his who he occasionally fought with.
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