Dime Bag

Stories 1978–1986

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The junkie as iconic anti-hero is a vein that runs through the body of mid-to-late 20th-century American literature, from The Man with the Golden Arm to Naked Lunch to The Basketball Diaries. Written and set in the demimonde of Downtown Manhattan in the pre-gentrified late ‘70s to mid-80s, Dime Bag is the latest installment in that tradition. The work is a series of interconnected short stories that chronicle its god-forsaken narrator’s manic exploits: rising and falling, crashing—but never really quite burning.


“If the streets of New York could talk, they would want Vincent Zangrillo to be their voice. The smell of the match under the spoon, the voices shouting two apartments down, a sigh lost in the rush of 10 million people hustling to get through their day, these are the things Zangrillo knows, cherishes and tells. We are blessed to have his unblighted vision of the damned.”

—Tom Graves, author of Pullers and Crossroads:
The Life and Afterlife of Bluesman Robert Johnson

“Written with unflinching vision in vivid language, Vincent Zangrillo’s Dime Bag shows us life on the streets in all its strange and radiant beauty.”

—Richard Modiano, Executive Director Beyond Baroque Literary /Arts Center


Vincent Zangrillo was born in South Ozone Park Queens, where he lived before moving to Long Island. He graduated from SUNY Albany in 1977 with a degree in English Literature. After graduating, he studied at Naropa Institute with Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Gregory Corso.

He spent the next 10 years living in downtown New York.

Currently, he lives and writes on Eastern Long Island.

black and white | 6" x 9" | 162 pgs. | ISBN-10: 1545465002 / ISBN-13: 978-1545465004 | 15.95 | release date: June 29, 2017

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