This second collection of memoirs, following the critically praised A Hole In the Ocean, continues McIntosh’s coming of age story set in Long Island’s famous Hamptons arts colony.
Included are wild adventures in filmmaking with Norman Mailer and Ilya Bolotowsky, the discovery of Communists among the writers and painters, as well as encounters with Truman Capote, Jean Stafford, P. G. Wodehouse, and others.
“Lesser Lights is very funny. There’s also an exquisitely fine sense of a special place and time.”—Phillip Lopate
“I love time travel stories–and this book offers a trip back to a time and place that seems almost like science-fiction today. Wonderful characters, great surprises, and a sly sense of humor that kept me eagerly turning the pages.” —R.L. Stine, author Goosebumps and Fear Street
“Hilarious…. Lesser Lights is a charming memoir written from that place where art and fact commingle to produce a swift, rollicking read.” The East Hampton Star
Praise for A Hole in the Ocean: A Hamptons’ Apprenticeship
“These irresistibly amusing and engaging recollections of the author’s encounters with the great and near-great artists and poets who washed ashore in the Hamptons has a special charm, as our intrepid protagonist plays unofficial chauffeur, therapist, straight-man and witness, always with retrospective self-awareness, insight and bittersweet gratitude.”—Phillip Lopate
“Sandy McIntosh writes like a combination of Dostoevsky and Woody Allen.”—Mary Mackey
“Deliciously droll. Stars-in-the-eyes young poet meets literary and art world icons in the Hamptons. And re-meets and reconsiders. And admires. And continues to honor and to create his own work.”
—Laura Wells, The East Hampton Star
“Intelligence, foresight and wit…. There is something here that is at once deep, engaging and profound.”
—Neil Leadbeater, Galatea Resurrects
“A Hole in the Ocean is a beautiful written recollection of a simpler time on the east end when main streets were quiet even during the summer and one could hear `the crashing of the ocean waves a half-mile away.’ e.e. cummings said `A hole in the ocean will never be missed.’ Neither should this book.”
—Brian Cudzilo, Dan’s Papers