Here’s a truism about the entertainment industry: if you work in it long enough, and you’re good at what you do, while being sincere about your intentions, you’ll get to where you need to be and run in the circles you need to run in.
Here’s another truism: work in it long enough, and you’ll run into the same people time and again.
Such is the case with Darren Paltrowitz, the host of the Paltrocast on iTunes, and a freelance journalist like myself. Many years ago — back in 2001 — Darren and I were “coming up” together on the New York rock scene. As aspiring journalists whose careers would take us on different — but, ultimately, similar — paths, Darren was one of my first editors. Just as Michael Patrick Nelson served as my editor when I was at the now-unfortunately-defunct Island Ear, Darren was my editor when I was at the now-unfortunately-defunct Long Island Entertainment News. In these days, print — not digital — was the dominant medium, and journalists had to slog it out in stationary press rooms that smelled of old newsprint and mimeograph machines, and were often sweltering hot.
And so, here we are, on the eve of the release of Good Advice from Professional Wrestling, which will come out tomorrow courtesy of 6623 Press. The book, it turns out, was inspired by another popular book.
“As a writer, editor and podcaster, I have been interviewing musicians, authors, and artists for around 20 years. When I heard about ‘Good Advice From Goodfellas,’ I HAD to reach out and learn more about the book and its author. And I’m very glad that I did, since that led me to co-write this book,” he said.
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cc@dxferris @paltrowitz pic.twitter.com/ytyMSh5uT0— 6623 Press (@6623Press) April 5, 2019
“To me, professional wrestling is much more sophisticated than most people will give it credit for being. When done well, it is understandable on a universal level, much like music or film. I wanted to spotlight some of the great men and women behind wrestling, and also emphasize the cultural impact that wrestling has had — and continues to have — for over a century,” he said. “One of the challenges of putting together this book was narrowing down the number of quotes which D.X. and I selected. So many smart people have been a part of the wrestling business, and in turn, there is no shortage of ‘good advice’ to take away from reading our book.”
Seeing a fellow journalist — especially one who “came up” with me — do so well is a source of nothing but pride for me. I wish Darren nothing but the absolute best with his book, “Good Advice from Professional Wrestling,” which you can pick up on Amazon here.