[messengers] Messenger of literary hope

Date: 27 Jul 2010 23:11:18 +0200
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>





Messenger of literary hope

 

Courier delivers streetwise memoir

 

BY Irving
Dejohn

 

New York
Daily News, July 27, 2010

 

MOST JOBS are nothing to write home about.

 

But Queens native Kurt
Boone, a 50-year-old foot messenger, was compelled enough by his courier job to
collect the stories of his life into a memoir titled "Asphalt
Warrior."

 

Boone's unique street-level perspective shines through in
his narrative, which also describes how the city and its economy has changed in
recent years.

 

The book, his second solo project and fifth overall,
chronicles the Cambria
 Heights resident's
journey from a track star in high school to an expert pavement pounder.

 

"My ultimate dream is to be considered a great New York City
storyteller," Boone said.

 

He draws his influences from famous local writers like Frank
McCourt, author of "Angela's Ashes," and poet Langston Hughes.

 

He said he developed his intimate knowledge of New York City and his
"affinity for maps" from his father, a former Postal Service
employee.

 

Boone recounts shuttling around the five boroughs for track
events and then meeting afterwards with his father, who didn't believe in
asking for directions.

 

His extensive knowledge of the subway system and city layout
has made him a fixture at Mobile Messenger Service on the West Side of
Manhattan. Even middle age hasn't deterred him from this physically demanding
job.

 

"Some messengers need us to route them. He knows all the
stops and all the lines, so he doesn't even need to look at a map,"
company president Dave Harris said. "He's one of the first people we think
of if we need to transport something."

 

"Asphalt Warrior" is filled with anecdotes about
the grueling nature of carrying the oversized packages that bicycle messengers
aren't able to manage. He recounts hauling garments to designers Ralph Lauren
and Fendi, and filming materials to Silvercup Studios in Long Island City
for episodes of "The Sopranos."

 

His job has taken him to the doorsteps of celebrities Wyclef
Jean, Vanessa Williams and even the office of former President Bill Clinton.

 

Even more impressive than the occasional star sighting are the
hidden gems of Manhattan
that Boone has discovered from walking an estimated 8 miles per day. He has
found hidden nooks in midtown and sprawling public areas near
multimillion-dollar apartments.

 

Boone said he hopes "Asphalt Warrior" will bring
newfound respect to a profession that he feels keeps business running.

 

Despite underwhelming sales that plague many self-published
authors, Boone still believes that he will be able to one day hang up his beat
up Converse sneakers that he "wears to the bone."

 

"The American Dream is powerful," Boone said.
"Here in New York,
the energy is here, people are making it every day - I love it."

 

"Asphalt Warrior" will be published in January.

 



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