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The Fiddler in the Subway

And Other Great Pieces You May Have Missed

by Gene Weingarten

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The Fiddler in the Subway by Gene Weingarten
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2010
    288 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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Simply the best storyteller around, Weingarten describes the world as you think it is before revealing how it actually is—in narratives that are by turns hilarious, heartwarming, and provocative, but always memorable.

Millions of people know the title piece about violinist Joshua Bell, which originally began as a stunt: What would happen if you put a world-class musician outside a Washington, D.C., subway station to play for spare change? Would anyone even notice? The answer was no. Weingarten’s story went viral, becoming a widely referenced lesson about life lived too quickly. Other classic stories—the one about "The Great Zucchini," a wildly popular but personally flawed children’s entertainer; the search for the official "Armpit of America"; a profile of the typical American nonvoter—all of them reveal as much about their readers as they do their subjects.

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"Starred Review. A sparkling collection of features ... Every page is a pleasure." - Kirkus Reviews

"Entertaining and funny, Weingarten's stories depict the poignancy of the human condition." - Publishers Weekly

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Gene Weingarten

Gene Weingarten is a nationally syndicated humor columnist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff writer for The Washington Post. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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