On the morning he was born, he nearly died.
His dad grew up in the Pogey– the Newburgh, New York, poorhouse.
He worked at a mental hospital in Massachusetts, where he met the singer James Taylor and the poet Robert Lowell.
While he toiled in advertising hell, James wrote the ad jingle line “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid.”
He once watched James Baldwin and Norman Mailer square off to trade punches at a party.
He’s only been in love twice. Both times are amazing.
Dolly Parton once sang “Happy Birthday” to James over…