In the Hamptons: My Fifty Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities

In the Hamptons: My Fifty Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities

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By (author) Dan Rattiner, Foreword by Edward Albee

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  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (NY)
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 24mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0307382966
  • ISBN 13: 9780307382962
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 35 B&W PHOTOS
  • Sales rank: 456,613

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Long before the Hamptons became famous for its posh parties, paparazzi, and glitterati, it was a sleepy backwater of fishing villages and potato farms, literary luminaries and local eccentrics. As the editor and publisher of the area's popular free newspaper, "Dan's Papers," Dan Rattiner, has been covering the daily triumphs, community intrigues, and larger-than-life personalities for nearly fifty years. A colorful insider's account of life, love, scandal, and celebrity, "In the Hamptons" is an intimate portrait of a place and the people who formed and transformed it, from former residents like Andy Warhol and Willem de Kooning, colorful locals like bar owner Bobby Van and shark fisherman Frank Mundus (who the character Quinn from "Jaws" was based on), and literary figures like John Steinbeck and Truman Capote, to present-day stars like Bianca Jagger and Billy Joel. An insider who lived there--as well as a Jewish outsider amid the WASP contingent--Rattiner both revels in and is rattled by all he witnesses and records in one of the world's most famous places. With dry wit and genuine affection, he shares a story of the Hamptons that few know, one defined by the artists, painters, fishermen, farmers, dreamers, hangers-on, celebrities, and billionaires who live and play there. "From the Hardcover edition."

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DAN RATTINER is an award-winning writer and the editor and publisher of "Dan's Papers," the free newspaper he founded in 1960 when he was twenty years old. He lives on Long Island, New York. www.danrattiner.com "From the Hardcover edition."

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"[R]efreshing as a dip in the ocean at Main Beach....Rattiner, longtime publisher of the locally beloved weekly newspaper Dan's Papers, provides a beach-chair view of New York's storied swath of spot-lit sand in his new memoir." -"USA Today" "Rattiner's tales have the flavor of oral history, the passing along of stories from friend to friend....In these narratives, the evidence of a life well-lived on a well-carved shore, Rattiner bottles the spirit of a rural enclave turned glamorous destination. In a characteristic tale, the author joins with a determined Giorgina Reid to arrest the crumbling of the Montauk cliff face, thus saving the iconically rugged and glorious lighthouse. Rattiner does the same in this treasury, preserving the myth and mystery of the shoreline, making sure memory erodes not, and that the light stays always on." --"The Hampton Sheet ""Whether Rattiner is writing about well-known people or local notables, he presents his material in entertaining fashion, holding the readers' interest. His unusual vantage point enables him to trace a half-century of changes 'In The Hamptons.'" --"Jewish Journal" "As publisher of the "Montauk Pioneer" in the early 1960s, which branched into the longtime Hampton free newspaper, "Dan's Papers," Rattiner knows his territory and shares a collection of charming early memories of the people among whom he lived and worked. Most of the recollections are from the 1960s, when the author, a Harvard graduate student in his 20s, having been introduced to Montauk when his father moved the family there to take over White's Pharmacy in 1956, runs the press largely by himself, borrowing a thousand dollars from local banker Merton Tyndall. While knocking door-to-door to sell ad pages and drum up stories, he meets the remarkable seasonal denizens of the Hamptons, such as the lovely daughter of Harrison Tweed III, Babette; the drinkers at Jungle Pete's, tightlipped about their dead crony Jackson Pollock