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Mar 23, 2024

"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are." --Tobias Wolff

On Persistence: Conversation with Jerry Barrish

"I'd just gotten out of the Army and when I came home, I was looking for work. My father, who was a boxer, knew Mickey Cohen. And when Cohen got out of Alcatraz, there was a big party at the Fairmont Hotel. Jerry was there with his dad and ended up sitting next to the bail bondsman who'd bailed Cohen out. You should get into the bail bonds business," he told Jerry. "I was 22 years old. I didn't have a clue about how bail worked." In this interview, artist Jerry Barrish tells a tale that could not have been made up.

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