born in the South Bronx. went to prep school. first Choate, a name you might know if you know such names. then Pomfret, less known, but same deal.
The bronx-to-boarding school transition is the basis for The Assimilated Negro (T.A.N.) thing.
still live in NYC. have a book coming out with Random House/Crown/Three Rivers.
I'm a little crazy, but friendly.