Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Beginning: I'm Dyin Here by Tim Grobaty




I am. I'm dying here. Ask my doctor.

-- I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper by Tim Grobaty. This collection of essays looks at newspaper life, contemplating that, as the newspaper industry dies around him, this longtime columnist might just die at his job.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. Hi Gilion,

    I like what I am reading about this author and can imagine that he writes a good, easy to read chronicle of his time in the press.

    Whilst this would probably be more suited to a US centric audience because of its specific content, the future for journalistic staff all over the world seems to be fast approaching a precipice, from which there is no way back. The industry is fast running out of ways to reinvent itself!

    I hope that you enjoy the book, thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF :)


  2. I like the opening you shared. It's attention grabbing. I enjoy reading books that evolve around the newspaper industry. I worked for one for a very brief time in college, although as a receptionist, not a writer. A very small paper, I should add. I enjoyed it quite a bit, although it was tense at times. Even then, the newspaper was not doing too well. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Such a gripping opening - I like the look of this one. Sure you'll enjoy it. Have a great weekend.

  4. This books sounds fascinating and,um, disturbing. which is it?

  5. The title really caught my attention.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  6. Oh this sounds good! Both my mother and her husband have worked in the newspaper industry for many years and are regularly lamenting the changes. This sounds like a good gift for both of them.


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