Past Events

Past EventsThursday, March 6

Murder at Jewish Book Week: Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman
Chair: Ned Temko

Renowned Texan Jew, Kinky Friedman, came to fame as the leader of the outrageous country and western band, The Texas Jewboys. A genuine cult character, he is the author of a best-selling series of detective stories, featuring himself as a wise-cracking, cigar-smoking, Greenwich Village-living, cat-loving sleuth. He lives in a green trailer in the South Texas Hills with two dogs, two cats and one armadillo.

This session featured a heady brew of anecdotes, question and answer sessions and renditions of songs such as Ride 'Em Jewboy, somehow marshalled by JC Editor and Kinky fan Ned Temko.

"Growing up, I remember what Joseph Heller said, which is: 'Nothing succeeds as planned.' My goal was to be a country star as a child and if that's what your goal is as a child, you'll wind up a best-selling novelist every time. That's just what happens to you."

Experience the event as it happened:

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