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by Sebastian Briglia
Posted: Aug 29, 2014
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Yup, that's me interviewing people in Zuccotti Park when Occupy Wall Street lived there.
I wrote the song "Anisette" when I played guitar in a band called The Habit at the turn of the 21st century.
Below is the same song with me reading an excerpt from New Wave and the Art of Heroin Maintenance. It represents the perspective of a heroin relapse, a scene more relevant to what I was doing just before 9/11/01.
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As a child Sebastian Briglia wanted to be American, and luckily for him at the time, so did his parents. They emigrated from Bulgaria in 1991, not long after the fall of communism. As an adult, he wanted to be Bulgarian again, mostly because of his mounting legal troubles in America, though unfortunately for him at the time he was estranged from his parents and Bulgaria as he remembered it did not exist anymore. Later he began to suspect that Bulgaria as he remembered it never existed.
Sebastian Briglia always wanted to be a writer of fiction, so he became a journalist, graduating with a BA in the subject in 2000 from Tuscarora College of New Jersey. He spent a long time pretending it was okay to seek security while leaving his passion on the back burner, simmering and emitting an aroma just strong enough to distract him from giving 100 percent to his numerous editorial and not-so-editorial day jobs.
He has attempted to reach a balance between what he thinks he wants and what he thinks he needs by exploring spirituality and materialism both on and off drugs and new wave music, in urban as well as rural environments. All of this, of course, has been to no avail.
He has only published under his real name at The Italian Tribune News in Newark, NJ, where he worked as a staff writer ten years ago. The rest of his journalistic and feature writing has been published under a pen name. Some of his fiction can be found in Science Fiction and Fantasy World (sffworld.com). He currently works in public relations.
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For this wild New Yorker's impressions of everything from working the graveyard shift in the city to what addiction actually has to do with New Wave, visit http://memoirs-of-addiction.com .