The Life And Times Of Richard Musto by Joe Lamport
Paperback 1st edition
Published February 6th 2014 by Roll Your Own Press
The biography of an eighty-nine year old man living on the streets of New York City, told through free verse and arresting photographs, this books provides a journalistic investigation into the art of survival in America today.
Author Joe Lamport met Richard Musto because Richard was living on the streets of New York in a cardboard box, just down the block from him. Joe was fascinated with Richard, because he’d never seen someone of that age (89) living on the streets before.
The book is written in free verse, and at first I thought I wouldn’t like reading a whole book written like that, but I did.
Joe and his photographer friend Michel Delsol, met with Richard over a period of a 2 years and documented his life. Richard is an amazing man. He survives the streets of New York with dignity and grace. His mind is sharp, and he tells Joe and Michel about his life, which I found very very interesting. He was in World War II and has had quite a few interesting careers. I loved this book, and it makes me want to go to New York and meet Richard myself.
I’m so glad I decided to read this book. I don’t want to say much more because I want everyone to read it and find out about this amazing man for themselves. This will be a book I read again…and again.
Richard is currently in a rooming house in Atlantic City where his rent is paid up through March 1st. We hope sales from the book will be sufficient to cover the cost of his rent for the following month.
A free download of the first two chapters of The Life and Times of Richard Musto is available at www.lifeofmusto.com.
About The Author
Joe Lamport is a translator and poet who lives in New York City. His translations of classic Chinese poetry have been published extensively online by The Epoch Times and Brooklyn Rail. He is also the co-founder of the website and newsletter Tang Spirit Network. He has published a chap book of his own poems online and maintains a blog for other work. He is also the author of a novel called Dinkelmann’s Rules.
About The Photographer
Michel Delsol’s photography has been shown in solo exhibits at galleries such as the Japanese Information and Cultural Center, of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC, Kinokuniya in New York and La Gaia Scienza in Venice, Italy as well in many group exhibits in New York. His work has been selected for ’Le Journal de la Photographie’ and F-Stop magazine. His portrait work has been commissioned by leading magazines, book and music publishers and major advertisement agencies. His work has received awards and nominations from the Society of Publication designers, the International B + W Spider awards, PX3 and One Life International photography.