|Andrew McCarthy was one of the panelists at The Half King|
How It’s Irish: The evening always includes Irish writers and music, and the event is held in partnership with the Irish Arts Center.These are the kind of events that make NY special, says blogger and photographer Ray Foley. “I’m shocked at some of the really cool things that go on in NY.”
This past Tuesday was one of those rare New York City nights I dream about. I hopped the A train to the The Half King pub at 23rd Street and 10thAve where they held the 4th annual “Pen, Paper and Palate
The event was held In partnership with the Irish Arts Center .
|The Place was Packed|
I’m a documentary filmmaker, so I’m never without an autobiography or memoir in my bag. The conversation was insightful and fun and Frank Delaney kept everyone laughing.
Sometime the best Autobiography’s are from the most unexpected people. I spoke with Frank Delaney and when I told him one of my favorite’s of this genre was “The Rag Man’s Son” by Kirk Douglas he light up. “I interviewed Kirk a few weeks ago and I told him the same thing!” We both agreed that it’s a seminal memoir. In it Kirk says that “everyone should write there autobiography, even if they never show anyone” I like that idea.
Somehow I was allowed in the front door (having a camera around your neck makes people think you belong there). My timing was on as Paul Simon (along with Bobby McFerrin on vocals (!) and Esperanza Spalding on bass (!)) started to sing:
|on the walk to The Half King|
|Hanging out Outside The Half King|
ended and just short of tears, a doorman approached and started to speak. I thanked him and headed out the front door.
|Books were for Sale|
|Music was magic too!|
|Irish Arts Center’s publicist Nik Quaife|