by John Shankman
Over the next few weeks for a sponsored project on behalf of Byliner, The Billfold’s Mike Dang and our publisher John Shankman will be selecting stories from the Byliner platform and chatting about them.
John: hey miiiike
whats going on
Mike: Hey John!
John: how are you doing?
Mike: Things are great! Yeah, I just got back from a weekend away in the Poconos where I spent a lot of time hiking and grilling steaks. And reading! Want to talk about what we read this week?
I AM READY
Mike: Haha, what did you read this time around?
Mike: Is this about TriBeCa in downtown Manhattan?
its a fictional story that reads like something that should be made into a short film
Mike: Oooh. Sounds like a winner! What cinematic aspects did you read in it?
John: hm that question actually may be above my pay grade
but in general the story followed an alpha male character who hustled his way through some sort of organized crime to be able to now live with his family on three floors in tribeca and rubbing elbows with the type of people who live in tribeca- doctors, lawyers, music producers
the story is pretty interesting in that while it details who this man is and alludes to some of his more nefarious history, the main story line is how he navigates dealing with his 8 year old daughter getting bullied at private school
Mike: Can you tell us how he handles it, or would that give too much of the story away?
John: hm, yah kinda
that navigation of that is sort of the story
or at least the closing note
Mike: My parents were the kind who told me to fight, instead of telling an adult
John: that is a big part of the story: can adults handle who handle “business” also handle their children’s business
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