Bill’s Town

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This summer I spent a weekend in Albany photographing the city along with Bill and Dana Kennedy at the behest of Professor Ben Giamo of the University of Notre Dame. Giamo is in the process of finishing another book about Kennedy’s work, and asked me to make photographs of the writer and his element for use as illustration.

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A map by Gabriel García Márquez of the elements of a novel drawn for Bill hangs on the parlor wall.

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Bill renders aloud the scene of a 1901 trolley worker’s strike, which he recalled in Ironweed to drive Francis Phelan from Albany.

Jack’s Oyster House on State Street opened in 1913.

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The Kennedy’s house on Dove street is the site of the 1931 assassination of gangster Jack “Legs” Diamond. Legs is the subject of Kennedy’s novel of the same name, and they keep bedroom where he was murdered adorned with memorabilia.

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Dana gave us a tour of the Legs Room.

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Bill writes in the same room while at Dove Street.

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Dana surveys the backyard.

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The Dewitt Clinton Hotel, which is now scheduled for a 48 million-dollar renovation.

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Bill and Dana Kennedy at Dove Street