53: Clifford Irving, Writer
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Writer Clifford Irving has lived a lot of life and had many loves, but he says his “one true love” was the Island of Ibiza, where he made his life for 20 years starting in the early 1950s.
I spent an afternoon with Irving in Mexico talking about his childhood in New York, traveling the world in the 1950s, becoming a writer, Ibiza in the 1960s, and the elaborate hoax (sometimes called the “Hughes Affair”) for which he is perhaps best known.
Clifford was completely candid and covered much of his compelling journey (good, bad and in-between). Along the way, he explored the importance of imagination in writing, the question of ethical instruction between parents and children, and the love that can occur between man and monkey.
Here are a few images to prepare you for the Clifford Irving experience: Orson Welles, Moroccan love slave, Cary Grant, art forgery, pygmy green monkey, hitchhiking in Iran, The Beats in Venice beach, Jewish cops in New York, the Chelsea Hotel, and Howard Hughes.
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