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Author John Gregory Dunne Writes his Memoirs.

Journalist, screenwriter and novelist John Gregory Dunne. In his new book, Harp, Dunne explores what it means to be Irish Catholic in America. Dunne explores his own history - "from steerage to suburbia in three generations" - his college days longing to be a WASP, his family's scarred history (suicides, murders), and what he calls his "insane desire to be assimilated." Dunne's earlier novels include The Red White and Blue, True Confessions, Vegas and Dutch Shea, Jr. He is married to the writer Joan Didion, and together they've written the screenplays for the films "The Panic in Needle Park," "A Star is Born," "Play it as it Lays" and "True Confessions." His brother is the writer and former film producer Dominick Dunne.

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Other segments from the episode on September 6, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 6, 1989: Interview with John Gregory Dunne; Review of the album "New Year's Concert 1989"; Interview with Stephen Burum; Review of the television program "NFL…

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