Update on Dream Street


In today’s mail I received from W.W. Norton my semi-annual statement of sales and royalties for Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Project.  From April 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011, 199 copies of the softcover edition were sold.  I find that number weirdly wonderful.  Norton’s statement period marks the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication, which was officially October 2001 but it was actually available that September.

I wonder who those 199 people are.  They could fit into a large bar or small theater.



  1. Dorrie Woodson Said,

    March 3, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    Sam, I like “weirdly wonderful”. I ‘hear’ the number of people who bought your second book “The Jazz Loft Project” could NOT fit into a small theater. But it fits nicely on my book shelf. Cheers!

  2. Mike Booth Said,

    March 13, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    I got my copy about five years ago at the Carnegie Museum of Art, visiting my son in Pittsburgh. BTW, there’s currently a wonderful exhibit of photos by Tennie Herris, from an archive of 10,000 images. Lots of the jazz musicians who played in Pittsburgh in the 40′s and ’50s. http://web.cmoa.org/?page_id=327
    And the exhibit photos are on the website.

    I came upon the JLP through see Moran’s “In my Mind” performed at the Lisner in DC a couple of years ago. The performance was amazing and I started to check out the background of it, what was at Duke U, etc. I am so grateful for all the work and time that you’ve devoted to the JLP. Its just an amazing view of history.

    And I’m awaiting a chance to see the “In My Mind” film. Hope it appears in the DC area and on DVD.

    Mike Booth