Correspondent: But itâ€™s not all bad. You have, for example, the honor of the tip. The dollars constantly inserted under the martini glass.
Correspondent: So I donâ€™t think itâ€™s entirely a cynical view you have of the..
Walter: No, no. Iâ€™m not entirely cynical. Again, this is all â€” I sound so dour and political. But this is all framed in a novel thatâ€™s hopefully funny and entertaining. And I remember those ghost bars being in Lower Manhattan. I mean, I was right in the thick of Ground Zero. So youâ€™d walk into these ghost bars and thereâ€™s no reason for firefighters not to take the bottle down and take a drink. And some of them would leave a dollar tip. Was that an ironic tip? Was that a real tip? I donâ€™t know. But the descriptions of Ground Zero in the book. In my mind, the book starts when I arrived five days after. And so, from that moment on, it does hopefully capture everything. Some honor, some pathos, and a lot of cynicism.
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