From the Middle East to the Lower East Side

Monday, April 08, 2013

Rayya Elias talks about her family fleeing political conflict in their native Syria when she was seven, and later moving to New York City at the height of the punk movement. Her memoir Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side charts four decades of a life lived in the moment, from addiction and homelessness to recovery and redemption.


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Comments [2]

Wayne Clarke from Traverse City, Mi.

The Kory mentioned in the book is my son and I remember Raaya coming to our home in Livonia, Mi. when they were both still in high school. She was a delight then and I still consider her as a special friend. The book was amazing and so well written that it's hard to believe that it was a first attempt at writing. The interview, I think, was also extremely well done.
Kudos to Mr. Lopate as well.

Apr. 10 2013 11:11 AM

Very interesting interview. Thanks.

Apr. 08 2013 01:05 PM

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