Paul Griffin

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation Writer/Tutor
Location NEW YORK, NY
Introduction Born in Baton Rouge, raised in Philadelphia, Paul Griffin is a writer, scholar and tutor working and living in New York City. He writes book reviews for The Brooklyn Rail and a blog on the dharma for One City at He believes the world is enchanted and enlightenment is real. Pennypome no. 17 (for my family) a gold Lincoln is the price for a poem; for a story, five dollars; for a novel excerpt, a tenspot; and for absolutely all the thoughts, a bucket of sandsharks & starfish & seahorses.
Interests Reading, writing, meditation, playing music
Favorite Movies Lawrence of Arabia, The Rules of the Game, Dr. Strangelove, Jules and Jim, Day for Night, Brokeback Mountain, Rushmore, Caddyshack, In the Bedroom, Persona, Conversations from a Marriage, Breathless, Fanny and Alexander, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Maltise Falcon, The Big Sleep
Favorite Music Gerswhin, Tom Waits, John Coltrane, Kurt Elling, The Bad Plus, Fiona Apple, Django Reinhardt, Wilco, Paul Curreri, Hendrix, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Roy Campbell, My Morning Jacket, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Spottiswoode and His Enemies, Radiohead, Kronos Quartet, Andrew Bird, Beethoven, Stavinsky, Leonard Cohen, Sufjan Stevens, Theolonius Monk, The Velvet Underground
Favorite Books Ulysses, Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, As I Lay Dying, Underworld, Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Beloved, The Sun Also Rises, The Great Gatsby, The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Humboldt’s Gift, A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, Lolita, Brave New World, 1984, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Catcher in the Rye, Animal Farm, Soul Mountain, One Man’s Bible, Kafka on the Shore, On the Road, Dharma Bums, Tropic of Cancer, Women, Madame Bovary, A Sentimental Education, Crime and Punishment, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, The Martian Chronicles, The Trial, Metamorphosis, Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral, Goodbye, Columbus, Sabbath’s Theater, Farenheit 451, Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What is the What, A Clockwork Orange, Pale Fire, Bend Sinister, Norwegian Wood, Cloud Atlas, Fortress of Solitude, Atonement, Saturday, Waiting for the Barbarians, Never Let Me Go, The Crying Lot of 49, Rabbit, Run, A Death in the Family, The Quiet American, White Noise, Mao II, Sula, Nausea, Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Disgrace, The Sorrows of Young Werther, In Search of Lost Time, The Emigrants, The Confederacy of Dunces, Pride and Prejudice, Murphy, The Moviegoer, The Transmigration of Timothy K. Archer, We, To Kill a Mockingbird, Don Quixote, This Side of Paradise, The Magic Mountain, The Portrait of a Lady, Tristam Shandy, The Stranger, Candide, Huckleberry Finn, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Journey to the End of the Night, The Plague, Song of Solomon, Siddhartha, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Scarlet Letter, Money, Vertigo, Notes From the Underground, A Tale of Two Cities, The Bell Jar, The Old Man and the Sea, Catch-22, Heart of Darkness, All the King’s Men, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Romantics