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Gadfly Paperback – November 4, 2010
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About the Author
Danny Lanzetta is a novelist and spoken word artist. His first novel, Drunken Angel, was released in 2002. He has released two albums—The Story of a Minute in America (2005) and Declaration of Us (2010)—and performs with a rock and roll band throughout New York City. In a previous life, he appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, as well as on the CBS primetime television series Brooklyn Bridge. He is a diehard Knicks fan and lives in Queens.
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Full disclosure: Danny Lanzetta is my second cousin; i.e., the son of my first cousin. But I have never met him or even talked with him by phone--though I grew up knowing his father and his paternal grandfather and namesake, MY "Uncle Danny." (We might not have much to talk about anyway; I LIKE Bill O'Reilly.)
Danny's likely current readership may never have wondered whether his Alan Gold made that final free throw on BROOKLYN BRIDGE so many years ago, but with GADFLY no one today can question Danny's enviable prose and considerable writing talent.
Get into this story. Danny entwines his protagonist--violent yet peaceful, volatile yet meek, dark yet naive--with the seemingly carefree but layered craft of the Kerouac of my day, impelling you forward until you come to realize you've been rubbernecking the roadside crash his strobe lights have been flickering around all along.
Gadfly is not a good man, although we're led to believe that he'd like to be one. Lanzetta shows his true skill as a writer in creating a character who, though despicable, is someone we can't help but find compassion for. His selfishness and self-loathing are gross magnifications of the things we think and feel every day, and Lanzetta takes care to illuminate the path that leads precipitously to such distortions. We can imagine ourselves sliding down the same dark hole, which is what makes Gadfly's story so incredibly compelling.
This is a fantastic, beautifully crafted book, and one that I hope earns the readership it deserves.