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November 8, 2014

Ginny Good is an okay narrative nonfiction trade paperback book, mainly about San Francisco in the sixties. It'll make you laugh and cry, teach you things you didn't know, show you things you never saw, blah, blah,blah. The Multimedia Audio Book of Ginny Good is an exquisite work of literary art that will enrich your life and help change the way media is made. Click a link or two and see for yourself. Here are four short chapters, pick one and listen to it.

Chapter 7 (North Beach), New Year's Eve, 1962:

Chapter 23 (Golden Gate Park), Fall, 1967:

Chapter 27 (Sutro Heights), Summer, 1969:

Chapter 35 (I-5), Spring, 2004:

If you're up for something more substantial, try Chapter 19 (La Honda), May, 1965, aka "the acid chapter:"

You can read and/or listen to Ginny Good (ISBN: 0972635750) in its entirety on any device for free:

The link includes the index to The Multimedia Audio Book of Ginny Good, which is free, too—everything I do is free. Click the "Listen (Multimedia)" links to hear more chapters. If you want the whole fifteen-hour extravaganza on .mp3 CDs, give me a mailing address and I'll send you a copy. Thanks. G.

Gerard Jones

When I first made up this little list of Book Awards back in 2003, some guy told me:

"My own feeling about the whole commercial writing scene such as it is now is that though it was ails tough to impossible for writers it's now just mostly insulting. Awards and prizes are just a shameless way of publicizing books. You don't smell like money to a money shark; you don't get a prize."

My stuff's all free so there won't be no insulting awards for me, yippee!

Nobel Prize in Literature
The Swedish Academy
Källargränd 4, Gamla Stan
PO Box 2118
SE-103 13 Stockholm

The Man Booker International Prize
Booker Prize Foundation
28 St James's Walk
London EC1R 0AP

Dotti Irving

Liz Sich

Katy MacMillan-Scott

Ellie Hughes

Truda Spruyt

Lucy Hinton

National Book Award
National Book Foundation
90 Broad Street, Suite 604
New York, New York 10004
(212) 685-0261

Board of Directors

Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director

Leslie Shipman, Director of Programs

Benjamin Samuel, Program Manager

Alix Finkelstein, Marketing Media Manager

Sherrie Young, Director of Marketing and Special Projects

Meredith Andrews, Director of Technology,

Rebecca Keith, Program Manager

Katie McDonough, Marketing Media Manager

Amy Gall, Program Assistant

National Book Critics Circle Award
The National Book Critics Circle
160 Varick Street, 11th Fl.
New York, NY 10013

Laurie Muchnick

Jane Ciabattari

Roberto González

Steven G. Kellman

Carolyn Kellogg

Karen Long

Michael Miller

Elissa Schappell

Alex Abramovich

Mark Athitakis

Colette Bancroft

Gregg Barrios

Tom Beer

David Biespiel

Ron Charles

Carmela Ciuraru

Mary Ann Gwinn

Eric Liebetrau

Miriam Markowitz

Walton Muyumba

Joanna Scutts

Tess Taylor

Anne Trubek

Kate Tuttle

The Pulitzer Prizes
Columbia University
709 Pulitzer Hall
2950 Broadway
New York, NY USA 10027
(212) 854-3841

Bud Kliment

Mike Pride

Keven Ann Willey

Paul C. Tash

Eugene Robinson

Steven Hahn

Sig Gissler

Paul Gigot

Stephen Engelberg

Junot Diaz

Joyce Dehli

John Daniszewski

Gail Collins

Steve Coll

Lee C. Bollinger

Robert Blau

Danielle S. Allen

PEN Literary Awards
Pen American Center
588 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-1660

Suzanne Nossel

Antonio Aiello

Arielle Anema

Jasmine Davey

Lorna Flynn

Katy Glenn Bass

Helen Hofling

M. Mark

Dominic Moran

Linda Morgan

Paul Morris

Deji Olukotun

Elizabeth Weinstein

PEN/Faulkner Award
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Emma Snyder

Elizabeth Gutting

Lily Meyer

Gregory Langen

2014 Judges

Alexander Chee

Deirdre McNamer

The Story Prize
41 Watchung Plaza, Ste. 384
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
(973) 932-0324

Larry Dark, Director (see more)

Independent Publisher Book Award

Jim Barnes

Ginny Good won itself one of these IPPY things for Best Aurobiography/Memoir of 2004. It would've won best everything from everywhere else if anyone with any brains had read it...but, alas, people only read the money-grubbing twaddle publicists tell The New York Times to tell 'em to read. Oh, well. If you think I'm lying, I'm not. Check out this review: Gerard Jones: Ginny Good. When The New York Times reviews a better book than Ginny Good, I'll eat The New York Times. G.

Literary Boys and Girls

Sure, I was a little wrapped up in myself. I've always been a little wrapped up in myself. Who isn't a little wrapped up in himself or herself? We're all a bunch of fucking water spiders, skimming over the surface of everything, face to face with nothing but our own stupid reflections. All I had to do was look. All I had to do was listen. But I didn't. I had this appointment, see.

Ginny Good, Chapter Thirty-Two (Hillsborough)

UC Berkeley

Mitchell Breitwieser

Mark Goble

Zachary Gordon

Dorothy J. Hale

Robert L. Hass

Lyn Hejinian

Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Scott Saul

Namwali Serpell

John Shoptaw

Katherine Snyder

Melanie Abrams Chandra

Vikram Chandra

Thomas Farber

Cecil S. Giscombe

Georgina Kleege

Donald McQuade


James Berger

Wai Chee Dimock

Amy Hungerford

Kathryn Lofton

Caleb Smith

John Crowley

Michael Cunningham

Thomas Hopkins

Fred Strebeigh

Cynthia Zarin

Robert Woodward

Ryan Wepler

Alexander Welsh

Michael Warner

Robert Stepto

Caleb Smith

Alina Simone

Kim Shirkhani

Shifra Sharlin

Adam Sexton

Karin Roffman

Jill Richards

Anthony Reed

Pamela Newton

Allyson McCabe

Heather Klemann

Briallen Hopper

Geoffrey Hartman

Alfred Guy

Michael Denning

Elizabeth Alexander

Danielle Chapman

Richard Deming

Anne Fadiman

Nalini Jones

Verlyn Klinkenborg

Donald Margulies

J. D. McClatchy

Caryl Phillips

Carl Zimmer

Harold Bloom

Steven Brill


Darcy Frey

Bret Johnston

Jamaica Kincaid

Mark Poirier

Lawrence Buellbuell

David J. Alworth

Stephen Burt

Philip Fisher

Louis Menand

Martin Puchner

James Wood

Jill Abramson


The guys she was used to going out with were "men" from Harvard and Yale and Stanford—guys who could afford to gamble the price of dinner at a fancy restaurant on the off chance it might get them into her good graces. She'd been a debutante. Her father grew up on an estate in Westchester County. They had a summer cottage in Newport. Her grandmother dolled out toilet paper from a locked cupboard, one square at a time. There was Frick money in the mix.

Ginny Good, Chapter Ten (45th Avenue)

Ken Fields

Mark McGurl

Sianne Ngai

Elizabeth Tallent

Tobias Wolff

Adam Johnson

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Harriet Clark

Molly Antopol

Kai Carlson-Wee

Gavin Jones

Maria Hummel

Keith Ekiss

John W. Evans

Sarah Frisch

Scott Hutchins

Brittany Perham

Shannon Pufahl

Nina Schloesser

Michele Elam

Nicholas Jenkins

Vaughn Rasberry

Stephen Sohn

Judith Richardson

Paula Moya

Bryan Wolf

Columbia University

Heidi Julavits

Donald Antrim

Lis Harris

Richard Ford

Deborah Einenberg

Nicholas Christopher

Lucie Brock-Broido

Susan Bernofsky

Stacey D'Erasmo

Richard Howard

Margo Jefferson

Binnie Kirshenbaum

Victor LaValle

Sam Lipsyte

Richard Locke

Phillip Lopate

Ben Marcus

Patricia O'Toole

Gary Shteyngart

Alan Ziegler


He smiled. He thought I was amusing. I was. He thought I seemed to like his daughter pretty well, too. I did. On a shelf above his desk, there was a picture of him taken when he was around twenty-two—the same age I was then. He was in his last year at Princeton, reading a newspaper that had a picture of Charles Lindbergh landing in Paris on the front page. A few years after our conversation, George F. Good got overwhelmed with grief and fearful for his safety when he heard that Sandy had been living with the so-called Manson Family and not long after that, he died.

Ginny Good, Chapter Fifteen (Boulder Creek)

Eduardo Cadava

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Sarah Chihaya

Maria DiBattista

Jill Dolan

Jeff Dolven

Simon Gikandi

William Gleason

Joshua Kotin

Kinohi Nishikawa

Gayle M. Salamon

Esther Schor

Nigel Smith

Valerie Smith

Alexandra Vazquez

Tamsen Wolff

University of Pennsylvania

"I was at Sarah Lawrence. He was in grad school at Brown. His father's a partner in some big law firm. They live outside Philadelphia. His mother teaches French Lit at Penn. Roger was going to be a banker. He'd been going to be a politician but decided bankers had more influence."

Ginny Good, Chapter Ten (45th Avenue)

Max Apple

Herman Beavers

Susan Bee

Deborah Burnham

Anthony DeCurtis

Gregory Djanikian

Stephen Fried

Lise Funderburg

Melissa Jensen

Jamie-Lee Josselyn

Jay Kirk

Lynn Levin

Rick Nichols

Dick Polman

Karen Rile

Gwyneth Shaw

Danny Snelson

Robert Strauss

Marc Lapadula

Rachel Levitsky

Jessica Lowenthal

Liz Moore

Tricia Treacy


Michael Koch

J. Robert Lennon

Robert R. Morgan

Ernesto Quiñonez

Stephanie Vaughn

Lamar Herrin

Maureen McCoy

James McConkey

Edgar Rosenberg

University of Chicago

Lauren Berlant

Bill Brown

Hillary Chute

Patrick Jagoda

John Muse

Deborah Nelson

Jennifer Scappettone

William Veeder

David MacLean

Augustus Rose

Jessica Savitz

James Chandler

Andrew Abbot


Nathaniel Mackey

Melissa Malouf

Leonard Tennenhouse

Marianna Torgovnick

Priscilla Wald

Katherine Hayles

Toril Moi

Michael Malone

C. Faulkner Fox

Cathy E. Shuman


Allison Carruth

James Goodwin

David Wong Louie

Mark Seltzer

Mona Simpson

Brian Kim Stefans

Reed Wilson

Julia Glassman

Rebecca Allen

Erkki Huhtamo

Noa Kaplan

Stephen Yenser

Michael North

Joseph Dimuro

Richard A. Yarborough

University of Virginia

Jane Alison

Ann Beattie

Sydney Blair

John Casey

Elizabeth Denton

Rita Dove

Paul Guest

Kate Kostelnik

Jeb Livingood

Debra Nystrom

Gregory Orr

Lisa Russ Spaar

Christopher Tilghman

Jeremy Townley

Johns Hopkins University

Larzer Ziff

John Irwin

Jesse Rosenthal

Drew Daniel

Cathy Alter

David Everett

Mark Farrington

Jean McGarry

Mary Jo Salter

Tristan Davies

Ann Finkbeiner

Greg Williamson

Matthew Klam

Brad Leithauser

Dora Malech

Alice McDermott

University of Michigan

I grew up in Michigan, Royal Oak, Michigan, ten miles north of Detroit. That was how the main roads got their names—by how far north of Detroit they were: Ten Mile Road. Eleven Mile. Twelve Mile. Like that. Starting down by the Detroit River, Woodward Avenue cut across each of the Mile Roads clear out to the lakes we went to in the summer; Orchard Lake, Cass Lake, Walled Lake. That was what you did in Michigan. You swam in lakes in the summer and ice-skated on lakes in the winter. The farther away from Detroit you got, the better the neighborhoods became. I lived a block from Ten Mile myself, not far from the Detroit Zoo.

Ginny Good, Chapter Three (Royal Oak)

Peter Ho Davies

Nicholas Delbanco

Tung-Hui Hu

Laura Kasischke

Aliyah Khan

Eileen Pollack

Douglas Trevor

Sidonie Smith

George Bornstein

Michael Byers

Jonathan Freedman

June Howard

Julian Levinson

Eric S. Rabkin

Alan Wald

Gillian White

John Whittier-Ferguson

James W. Cook


Samuel Zipp

Lawrence Stanley

Elizabeth Taylor

Mark Feeney

Anna Solomon

Ed Hardy

Thomas Mooney

Catherine Imbriglio

Tamar Katz

Robert P. Ward

Robert Scholes

George Landow

Robert Coover

Brian Evenson

Thalia Field

Forrest Gander

Michael S. Harper

Carole Maso

Peter Gale Nelson

Aishah Rahman

Meredith Steinbach

Keith Waldrop

CD Wright

Lori Baker

Renee Gladman

Joanna Howard

University of North Carolina

Pam Durban

Marianne Gingher

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Bland Simpson

Michael Chitwood

Lawrence Naumoff

William Harmon

Mae G. Henderson

James Seay

Travis Alexander

Nora Augustine

Lynn Badia

Ben Bolling

Sarah Boyd

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Laura Broom

Jameela F. Dallis

Florence Dore

Leslie Frost

Michael Keenan Gutierrez

Heidi Kim

Margaret O'Shaughnessey

Linda Wagner-Martin

Kym Weed

Sarah Workman


Mark Doty

Kate Ellis

Ann Jurecic

Richard E. Miller

Margaret Ronda

Evie Shockley

Kurt Spellmeyer

Harriett Davidson

Elin Diamond

Nicholas Gaskill

Martin Gliserman

Andrew Goldstone

Michelle Ann Stephens

William Vesterman

Rebecca L. Walkowitz

Marianne DeKoven

Jayne Anne Phillips

Alice Elliott Dark

Tayari Jones

John Keene

Akhil Sharma

James Goodman

University of Texas

Brian A. Bremen

Samuel Baker

Jerome F. Bump

Matt Cohen

Diane Davis

Lester L Faigley

Heather Houser

Clay Spinuzzi

Michael W. Adams

Betsy A Berry

Oscar H. Casares

Elizabeth McCracken

Lisa L. Moore

Thomas B Whitbread

Helena Woodard

Laura Furman

Elizabeth Harris

James Magnuson

University of Wisconsin

A guy named Bud showed up. He was from Madison, Wisconsin and had a spindly goatee. Lots of people lived there. Ginny had found the place in an ad on a bulletin board at San Francisco State. The people who lived there were communists. It was a co-op. None of the cups or saucers or plates or knives or spoons matched any of the other cups or saucers or plates or knives or spoons. Nobody seemed to know who, if anyone, had actually rented the place.

Ginny Good, Chapter Twelve (Clayton Street)

Jesse Lee Kercheval

Ron Kuka

Judith Claire Mitchell

Ronald Wallace

Roberta Hill

Richard Knowles

Kelly Cherry

Heather Dubrow

Amy Quan Barry

New York University

E. L. Doctorow

Paule Marshall

Yusef Komunyakaa

Zadie Smith

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Jonathan Flatley

Denis Donoghue

Thomas Augst

Nicholas T Boggs

Lisa Gitelman

Phillip Brian Harper

Josephine Gattuso Hendin

Laurence S. Lockridge

Perry Meisel

S.S. Sandhu

Catharine R. Stimpson

Bryan Waterman

Avital Ronell

Nathan Englander

Deborah Landau

David Lipsky

Matthew Rohrer

Irini Spanidou

Darin Strauss

Hannah Tinti

Chuck Wachtel

Colson Whitehead

Rachel C. Zucker


Eula Biss

Brian Bouldrey

John Bresland

Stuart Dybek

Reginald Gibbons

Mary Kinzie

Sarah Valentine

James J. Hodge

Marcia Gealy

City University of New York

Eric Alterman

Moustafa Bayoumi

Wendy W. Fairey

Marie K. Rutkoski

Emily Raboteau

Mac Wellman

Julie Agoos

Carey Harrison

Benjamin Lerner

Anthony Mancini

William Reeves

John Brenkman

Lyn Di Iorio

Morris Dickstein

Nancy K. Miller

Kathryn Harrison

Alexandra Styron

Indiana University

Alyce Miller

Tony Ardizzone

Scott Russell Sanders

Maura Stanton

UC Irvine

Ronald F. Carlson

Michelle Latiolais

Michael Ryan

Richard Godden

Michael Szalay

Amy Gerstler

Carol M. Burke

Erika Hayasaki

Barry Siegel

Amy Wilentz

Jerome Christensen

Geoffrey Wolff

University of Illinois

Jodee Stanley

Steve Davenport

Philip Graham

Brigit Kelly

Michael Madonick

Julie Price

John Rubins

Ted Sanders

Alex Shakar

Spencer Schaffner

Robert Dale Parker

Emory University

Natasha Trethewey

Jim Grimsley

Joseph Skibell

Lynna Williams

Kevin Young

Marc Bousquet

Michael A. Elliott

Lawrence Jackson

Walter Kalaidjian

Benjamin Reiss

Mark Sanders

Walter Reed

Erwin Rosinberg

Harry Rusche

UC Davis

Gary Snyder

Lynn Freed

Jack Hicks

Pam Houston

Joe Wenderoth

Alan Williamson

Nathan Brown

Joshua Clover

Lucy Corin

Yiyun Li

John Marx

Evan Watkins

Greg Glazner

Clarence Major

David Robertson

Karen Embry

Matthew Stratton

UC Santa Barbara

Steven Allaback

Alan Liu

Mark Maslan

Candace Waid

Christopher Newfield

Carl Gutiérrez-Jones

University of Wyoming

Jeff Lockwood

Andy Fitch

Alyson Hagy

Harvey Hix

Brad Watson

David Romtvedt

Danielle Pafunda

Kate Northrop

Beth Loffreda

University of Arkansas

Davis McCombs

Ellen Gilchrist

Michael Heffernan

Padma Viswanathan

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Daniel Simon

John DuVal

Susan M. Marren

Toni Jensen

Ohio State University

Debra Moddelmog

Michelle Herman

Henri Cole

Kathy Fagan Grandinetti

Andrew Hudgins

Lee Martin

Erin McGraw

Angus Fletcher

Jennifer Schlueter

Lee K. Abbott

Morris Beja

Catherine Braun

Stephanie Brown

Christiane Buuck

Jared Gardner

Harvey J. Graff

Sebastian D. G. Knowles

Meg LeMay

Ben McCorkle

Brian McHale

Patrick Mullen

James Phelan

Jessica Prinz

Elizabeth Renker

Barbara Rigney

Cynthia L. Selfe

Lauren Squires

Doug Sutton-Ramspeck

Leslie Tannenbaum

Robyn Warhol

Penn State University

William J. Cobb

Charlotte Holmes

Elizabeth Kadetsky

Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Toby Thompson

Elise Gruber

Elizabeth May

Brian Lennon

Michael Berube

Claire Mary Colebrook

Richard Doyle

Kit Hume

Christopher Reed

Benjamin Schreier

Daniel Tripp

Stuart Selber

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