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About the Author

Chris Faraone was born in 1979 and raised in Queens, NY, the son of a teacher mother and a father who published novelty books about hugs and farts. As an intelligent teen with a penchant for finding trouble, he studied his way out of a life of low-level crime to graduate from Hobart College before post-grad studies at New York's New School and Boston University's College of Communication - he earned a Master's in Journalism in 2004 from the latter. After graduation, Faraone dove into the field of professional writing as a hip-hop music critic, earning rent money and acclaim reporting for The Source, Spin, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig and Boston Magazine. He landed on staff at the Boston Phoenix in 2008.

Since then he has continued his renowned music writing, in the past two years has become known nationally for his unique, unflinching work as a political and investigative journalist. His cover story features - ranging from profiles of drug dealers and entrepreneurs to exposés on abuses in state correctional facilities - appear in the Phoenix on a weekly basis. He has received multiple accolades and awards since 2009 from the Association of Alternative News Media (AAN) and the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) for his investigative and news reporting. He is the founder of Write To Power Books (WriteToPower.net) and resides in Boston's hyper-progressive Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where it's nearly impossible to walk into a bar without running into a gaggle of Occupiers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Write To Power (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985105909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985105907
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Queens native and current news and features editor at DigBoston who moved to Massachusetts a decade ago, Chris Faraone is a dedicated alternative news booster. As a staff writer at the Boston Phoenix from 2008 to 2013, he covered everything from rap music and political movements to cults and the state legislature, and won a number of awards including several from the New England Newspaper & Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Faraone's first book, the Occupy travelogue, 99 Nights with the 99 Percent, earned applause from outlets including UTNE Reader, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Economist. His second project, Heartbreak Hell, recounted his week working as a journalist following the experience of being two blocks away from the Boston Marathon Bombing. Faraone has also contributed to publications including Boston magazine, In These Times, and The American Prospect, and occasionally covers the Wu-Tang Clan and politics for Esquire.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Goldstein on March 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of lengthy articles printed in the Boston Phoenix newspaper last fall. As a participant with Occupy Boston, I saw Chris around camp, sitting in on workgroup meetings and GAs. I looked forward to his articles each week as accurate depictions of Occupy, warts and all, as opposed to the whitewashed fluff in the mainstream media. I found that reading the essays as a collection really highlights the depth of his analysis and insights. And the portraits he paints of individual people really stay with you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enig Mue on February 28, 2012
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Dope, I have been reading articles and hearing audio clips from various people about what the Occupy movement is and I have yet to get one that tells me why I should think it is important.

As a person of color (POC) I have been hesitant to really get involved, and this book helped show what moves they have made to invite people from my hood into their fold.

I think this is a great place to learn about the movement from the perspective of the generation most represented by the media and I think this will be considered one of the more important writings on the Occupy movement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on April 5, 2012
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Chris Faraone sets the bar high for Occupy writing with some of the best reporting on either coast. A quick read but very in-depth, capturing as many scenes and players as possible.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sarakan on February 21, 2012
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Chris was one of the first journalists to pay serious attention to the Occupy movement, and that kind of credibility means he had access to it all. A well-written and plain interesting account of the protests that unfolded around the country, and how they completely changed the national political dialogue.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Turner on February 16, 2012
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Boston Phoenix writer Chris Faraone is one of the last of a dying breed. A throwback to old school journalism with some new school swag, Faraone's gritty and irreverent style gives the reader an in depth eye witness account of his travels across the country visiting various "Occupations" across the US, including its triumphs and trials.

Faraone also included 2 chapters dedicated to Occupy The Hood. One chapter focusing on Occupy The Hood Boston and another on Occupy The Hood Chicago. As one of the organizers of Occupy The Hood Boston, my only critique is that due to space constraints I'm sure, the book was not able to go as in depth into the Occupy The Hood movement and our very unique experiences, our organizational efforts and the racism that we experienced while attempting to work with Occupy. This could be a book in and of itself and may make for a separate effort.

All in all, this book is thoughtful and well-written, with all the humor, sarcasm and keen insight that Faraone is increasingly known for. Chris has a unique fly on the wall, chameleon like ability to traverse multiple scenes and interact with a variety of people in a down to earth manner with a common man approach which translates to pulling out some great stories that would have otherwise gone untold. Faraone is truly a modern day scribe and manages to capture the essence of writing and allows readers to see through his eyes, even if they are bloodshot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By heavensent on April 16, 2012
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chris faraone is the best of the best. He portrays a fighter in a writer. He is at every event in the front row. Im not sure if he went to highschool like this, but eventually we see that the realest people jump in head first, sit in the front row, without thinking about what will happen next., or what is going on behind them. A few months later, here he is in the amazon top 100. A few months ago he was litterally in the "Occupy : Amazon jungle.
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