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Robert J. Wiersema

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The author and prolific literary critic Robert J. Wiersema discusses his new memoir Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen (Greystone, 2011), with Joseph Planta.


Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen by Robert J. Wiersema. (Greystone, 2011)

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

Robert Wiersema joins me again. His new book, a sort of memoir and a sort of biography and criticism of Bruce Springsteen’s music is called Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen. It’s a great book; a beautiful, thoughtful book about growing up and growing older. I’m not a Springsteen fan. I have ‘Born to Run’ on my iPod, but that’s about it. Sinatra, another singer from New Jersey is more prevalent on my iPod. But Mr. Wiersema writes with such affection, care and honesty about his own life as seen with Springsteen’s music as an underscore, you can’t help but appreciate Springsteen as an artist, cultural icon, celebrity, and the person who illuminates Wiersema’s life, for both the writer and the reader, just a little bit more. Robert J. Wiersema is an independent bookseller in Victoria, and a prolific critic and book reviewer. He’s written two bestselling novels, Before I Wake and Bedtime Story, and was last on to talk about his novella, The World More Full of Weeping. His website is at www.robertjwiersema.com. This book is published by Greystone. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Rob Wiersema; Good morning, Mr. Wiersema.

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