I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper by Tim GrobatyI'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper by Tim Grobaty

I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper

byTim Grobaty

Paperback | February 23, 2016

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Long Beach Press-Telegram writer Tim Grobaty was promoted to columnist at his newspaper back when it was still a glamorous and coveted job. In I'm Dyin' Here, the author means two things: He'll likely die at the job that he's spent nearly four decades doing, and at the same time his profession, too, is seeing its last days. Weaving together personal history and a selection of columns written over the course of his storied career, Grobaty offers readers a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a dying breed: the local columnist. With everyday life - fatherhood, holidays, suburbia, and random encounters with animals - serving as fodder for his column, Grobaty reveals his sources of motivation and vulnerability, all the while struggling to maintain relevance in a rapidly changing industry. I'm Dyin' Here was chosen to inaugurate the Long Beach Mayor's Book Club - a new, citywide book club - in September 2016.Says David Kipen, founder of Libros Schmibros and book critic for KPCC's Take Two: "Tim Grobaty, one of these great city-side columnists [has written] a book-length meditation on the current 'optimistic' state of the print journalism industry in which he works." And Russ Parsons, former LA Times food critic and author of How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table, had this to say: "Over the years, a newspaper columnist develops a very special relationship with their readers: They become a favorite neighbor, a good friend, maybe even a family member. They don't deliver news; they tell us about life. Long Beach is lucky to have had Tim Grobaty in that role all these many years. He is the Bard of Big Town."
Title:I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the PaperFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:Brown Paper PressLanguage:English

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I am. I am dying here. Ask my doctor. "Tim," he says to me, after first asking if I'm still working for that rag of a newspaper, which I am and at which admission he shakes his head slowly and doctorly. He says, "You're at the age where your body is going to be changing in many ways. All of them bad."Jesus, Doc, break it to me gently. How about, "Grandma's on the roof," or "While some people die quickly and painlessly . . . "Ah, but who cares? Doesn't bother me. I cleave to the childlike notion that death isn't a law of nature; it's merely a theory. Everyone dies? You got proof of that? There are more than 7 billion people right now who haven't died. My inner oddsmaker tells me that even if 99.9 percent of these people die, more than 7 million of them will continue to feel fine forever. So there's that I have going for me.On the downside, I am a journalist. Specifically, a newspaper columnist. And it's not a theory that all newspapers will die. It's a law. It can't not happen. I'm at the stage of a long career where my job is going to be changing in many ways. All of them bad. We don't buy ink by the barrel these days. We pick up a half-gallon on the way to work.So, yeah, as a print journalist? Dead as a bobbin boy, dead as a scrivener, dead as a whorehouse pianna-player-so many occupations that once sustained this glorious world.

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"Over the years, a newspaper columnist develops a very special relationship with their readers: They become a favorite neighbor, a good friend,maybe even a family member. They don't deliver news; they tell us about life. Long Beach is lucky to have had Tim Grobaty in that role all these many years. He is the Bard of Big Town."-- Russ Parsons, author of How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table"One wanders through the passages of Grobaty's book like an accidental tourist in the town you thought you already knew. Often, discovering things a self-preservationist type wouldn't even think to investigatewithout a 'cop across the street' by his side."-- Thomas Wasper, author of Famous Killers for Early Learners