Where To?: A Hack Memoir

Where To A Hack Memoir Funny touching observant philosophical sad world weary artful and wonderful are the stories that pepper this book There has never been a cab driver like Dmitry Samarov and since he s given up f

  • Title: Where To?: A Hack Memoir
  • Author: Dmitry Samarov
  • ISBN: 9781940430225
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • Funny, touching, observant, philosophical, sad, world weary, artful and wonderful are the stories that pepper this book There has never been a cab driver like Dmitry Samarov and, since he s given up for keeps late night for hire driving, there never will be Rick Kogan, hall of fame reporter for the Chicago Tribune With his gorgeous pen and ink drawings and funny, tragi Funny, touching, observant, philosophical, sad, world weary, artful and wonderful are the stories that pepper this book There has never been a cab driver like Dmitry Samarov and, since he s given up for keeps late night for hire driving, there never will be Rick Kogan, hall of fame reporter for the Chicago Tribune With his gorgeous pen and ink drawings and funny, tragic, and all too true stories, Samarov s chronicle of his adventures as a Chicago taxi driver is by far the best ride you ll ever take in a cab Wendy MacNaughtonDmitry Samarov s illustrated memoir captures encounters with drunken passengers, overbearing cops, unreasonable city bureaucracy, his fellow cabdrivers, a few potholes, and other unexpectedly beautiful moments Accompanied by dozens of Samarov s original artworks composed during traffic jams, waits at the airport, and lulls in his shifts the stories in Where To provide a street level view of America from the perspective of an immigrant painter driving a cab for money.Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR, in 1970 He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1978 He got in trouble in first grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn t stopped doodling since After a false start at Parsons School of Design in New York, he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 Upon graduation he promptly began driving a cab first in Boston, then after a time, in Chicago.

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    1. I'll never look at a taxi cab the same. Great memoir! I appreciate receiving a copy from and the publisher!

    2. Dmitry Samarov's bookWhere To?: A Hack Memoir is odd little collection of memories, thoughts, ideas, and contemplations from his career as a cab driver in both Boston (briefly) and Chicago. Released by Chicago's Curbside Splendor Publishing, Samarov's book was financed in part through a Kickstarter campaign. The overview: Where To? is a memoir-ish look at the life of a cab driver, written by Dmitry Samarov, a visual artist who decided he'd rather drive a cab than try to support himself with a 9- [...]

    3. Interesting and sad-- to spend your life behind a wheel of a car and dealing with people and issues --non of your own-- I really enjoyed looking threw the eyes of Dmitry--- would never in a life time would think of doing this for a living. His thoughts and art are rough but good---and plan to read it again-- It opened my eyes to how aweful the east is-- I had almost forgot-- and thankful I live in Idaho where life is so much simipler-- Thanks for sharing-- This was a gift from

    4. Excellent little memoir filled with beautiful paintings and drawings by the author as well. This is about driving a cab in Chicago from 2010-2012, and for something that was less than 10 years ago the nostalgia came on strong for me as the city's already so different, and no one takes cabs hardly any more, Uber and Lyft have a large market share. I found it delightful and fun to read on a night I couldn't fall asleep!

    5. Damn good sketches of life in Chicago; Samarov does a fine job of getting to the heart of a situation, whether it's an absurd route somewhere, a boorish customer, or a portrait of a neighborhood.

    6. I picked up this (autographed copy) a little while back from UnAbridged Bookstore in Chicago. Finally getting to it. No real reason I didn't read it sooner, though I like to think we organically choose our next read for a reason. I loved it this book. I think part of it was reading this extremely Chicago (with hints of Boston) work almost a year after leaving Chicago. I loved getting a personal insight into the workings of the Chicago cab system, one I used frequently for a decade and a half plu [...]

    7. Dmitry Samarov's writing is blunt, to the point and so very soulful. This book is the first I've read of him, and I found myself absolutely enthralled and excited to read more. With 'Where To?', I felt like I was peeking into a world that's all around me but one I often tune out. Sure, on the exterior the book appears to be a series of vignettes and slices of life compiled together from the observations of a cab driver, but it's much more than that. 'Where To?' is a period piece, too. It's a sna [...]

    8. Having also been a cab driver in Chicago I can relate to Samarov's experiences. This small book is a series of vignettes from his days (really nights) driving in Chicago and, for a shorter period, Boston. The interaction with customers is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes scary. But always interesting. Good light reading for your short train or bus ride.

    9. Good, sad, and angryEdit: while the book was plenty compelling on its own, I was wondering the entire time what the author thought about uber. now I know: newcity/2014/06/02/hack-at

    10. Fascinating, lively and vivid account of the daily routine of a Chicago cab driver. The stories of the often pathetic and sometimes loathsome riders that Samarov had to ferry around are entertaining, and also a stark reminder that I could never, ever drive a cab for a living.

    11. Actual rating: 2.5 stars. An interesting book but there's not much substance. I wouldn't call it a memoir because there's not really any introspection. The stories he tells are interesting, but none really stick with you and you wind up knowing next to nothing about Samarov's life.

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