New Book Follows Culture in Berkeley Area
By Jay Trachtenberg
Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon was in town earlier this week, on tour for his new book, “Telegraph Avenue.”
It’s the story of two friends, Archy and Nat, who own Brokeland Records, a used vinyl record store, on Telegraph Avenue, on the border of Berkeley and Oakland, in California.
While the story centers around the record store, it encompasses a multitude of social, cultural and familial concerns.
KUT’s Jay Trachtenberg spoke with Michael Chabon about the book.
It was a script for a pilot for a series that just did not go anywhere and just sat around for a long time. I think partly, maybe even mostly, because I kept living in Berkeley and hanging around in Oakland and so I was just continually being supplied with fresh material. Eventually those moments accumulated sufficiently that I started thinking, well, maybe I should just go ahead and do it as a book.