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Artists and Writers at Work: TJ English

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At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon

At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon


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This episode features Thomas Joseph "T.J." English, "Author of The Savage City (2011), a NY Times best-selling account of racial turmoil between the NYPD and the Black Liberation Movement in the 60s and early 70s.  Other best-sellers include The Westies, an account of the last of the Irish Mob in the infamous Manhattan neighborhood "Hell’s Kitchen"; Born to Kill (1995), an account of a violent Vietnamese gang based in New York’s Chinatown; Paddy Whacked (2005), a history of the Irish American gangster in New York, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and other U.S. cities; the NYT bestseller Havana Nocturne (2008), about U.S. mobster infiltration of Havana, Cuba before Fidel Castro (currently in film development); his most recent book, Whitey's Payback (2013), which combines first-rate reporting and storytelling techniques into 16 true-crime stories.
As a journalist, English has written for many publications including: Esquire, Playboy, NY Magazine, The Village Voice, LA Times Magazine, and the NY Times. In the mid-1990s, he wrote a 3-part series for Playboy, "The New Mob";  in 2011 he wrote "Narco Americano," for Playboy; in 2010, his article for Playboy about a DEA agent who allegedly framed innocent people on bogus narcotics charges won the NY Press Club Award for Best Crime Reporting.  He published interviews with Bill Murray, former Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, Martin Scorsese, and George Carlin.  As a screenwriter, English wrote episodes for "NYPD Blue" and "Homicide," for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize.