NYC columnist Bres­lin dies at 88

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Jimmy Bres­lin, the New York City news­pa­per colum- nist and best-sell­ing au­thor who lev­eled the pow­er­ful and el­e­vated the pow­er­less for more than 50 years with brick-hard words and a jagged-glass wit, died on Sun­day at his home in Manhattan. He was 88, and un­til very re­cently, was still push­ing some­body’s but­tons with two-fin­ger jabs at his key­board.

His death was con­firmed by his wife, Ron­nie Eldridge, a prom­i­nent Demo­cratic pol- iti­cian in Manhattan. Bres­lin had been re­cov­er­ing from pneu­mo­nia.

With prose that was sav­agely funny, de­cep­tively sim- ple and poorly imitated, Bres- lin cre­ated his own dis­tinct rhythm in the hurly-burly mu­sic of news­pa­pers.

Po­etic and pro­fane, soft­hearted and un­for­giv­ing, Bres­lin in­spired ev­ery emo­tion but in­dif­fer­ence; let­ters from out­raged read­ers glad­dened his heart.

Love or loathe him, none could deny Bres­lin’s en­dur­ing im­pact on the craft of nar­ra­tive non­fic­tion. He of­ten ex­plained that he merely ap­plied a sports writer’s vis­ual sen­si­bil­ity to the news col­umns.

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