Tricia Romano

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Hi!

Welcome to my page. I am launching this Patreon primarily as a place to post and share updates on my work for the oral history of the Village Voice. I am working on a book for Public Affairs that tells the story of the Voice, from its inception in 1955 to its demise last year.

As I wrote in the New York Times:
"The death of The Voice isn’t just about the end of a newspaper. To some of us at least, it’s about the end of New York as a cultural and political center, as the place that the world turned to for art, for music, for leadership in new and uncomfortable ideas, often perceived by the mainstream to be dangerous or weird. Fred McDarrah, the paper’s photographer for the much of its first three decades, and who remained a part of the paper until his death in 2007, liked to affectionately call it “the commie, hippie, pinko rag.”

Why is this project so important to me? I was a Voice columnist for 8 years, writing about nightlife. It was the best of my life, and I loved the paper, the people, and its mission.  

Like many projects in publishing, the funding doesn't match the intensity of work involved. This a full-time project and is very labor-intensive. I have already accumulated over 100 hours of interviews (and suspect I will have many, many more hours to go). I am currently using Otter.ai to help with transcriptions. It is affordable and useful, but it is not a final solution.  (I do heartily recommend it for daily, quick transcriptions!)  As it is computer generated, it still requires many hours of listening and correcting, and as I am deaf in one ear, this is a much more difficult process than it is for the average non-hearing impaired person. I would like to be able to afford human transcribers, and that is costly, $1 a recorded minute.

Additionally, I travel periodically to New York to conduct interviews in-person with the people who have decades worth of stories to tell. My deadline is currently October 2020 and I'm in a race to the finish line. I have applied to several large grants, including the Whiting, but the competition will be stiff and there is no guarantee I will receive this funding. 

This Patreon would go toward helping me focus on the book, funds for travel and transcription, and would supplement my income so that I can concentrate on the book, rather than chasing underpaid freelance assignments which may or may not pan out. It will also allow me to create other pieces that are outside the purview of this project. I am considering starting a newsletter about grief (you can read more about that, here), and I have been pursuing several long form journalism pieces that I have not placed but need to be told. A Patreon will help fund those projects.

What you will see on this page: 

  • Video and audio excerpts from some of the interviews I have done with key Village Voice subjects, including the founder of the Village Voice, Ed Fancher, film critic Jonas Mekas, and comic artist, Jules Feiffer.
  • Text excerpts from some of my favorite interviews, giving you a glimpse into some of the stories that people are telling me.
  • Essays and posts about the book and my time during the Village Voice, with some of the photos I took during my years as a nightlife columnist there. 

I'm also considering a 'podcast' type feature where I talk to some of these folks in an audio format better designed for an audience than the original interviews. I would love to hear more about what you would like to see/read. And, what, if there were other tiers, you'd like to receive or have access to.

I hope to update one to twice a week. For more about me and my work, you can check out my website, triciaromano.com and my portfolio. 

Other ways to support me / my work: 
Go Fund Me for one-time donations
Direct: Paypal.

If you are looking to give a larger ($250+) donation, I am being sponsored by Type Media Center (formerly known as the Nation Institute), which is a 501(c)3. Make sure when you submit your donation to put Village Voice/ Tricia Romano in the notes section for the fund allocations.

Thank you for all your support!
Tricia Romano

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