The author at work.

Justin Petrone is a writer. (Wait a moment, I’m writing this. I am a writer. I!) He is best known as the author of the My Estonia trilogy (2009-2015). Other books include Mission Estonia (2013) and Sketches of Estonia (2017). (Yes, I wrote those books and others too.)

Some (random) facts:

He has three daughters. (I do.)

He studied in Washington, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. (That’s true).

He speaks English (native), Estonian, and can get by in Italian. (Mostly true)

Famous relatives include Attanasio Dramis, a 19th century Italian anarchist; Oronzo Abbatecola, an Italian futurist (Yes, so what else would you expect?)

He is an accomplished bass guitarist. (In my early years, I belonged to the Jack Casady/Phil Lesh school of psychedelic rock but in my years I have mellowed into a Billy Cox/Band of Gypsys groove).

Favorite authors include James Joyce, Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, and Henry Miller. Also Haruki Murakami, Raymond Chandler, Sjon, and … someone else. I can’t remember. Fitzgerald is my guiding light, because he was committed and he worked and was somewhat less of an asshole than Hemingway. I appreciate Miller, because he survived. Check out this excellent clip of him in New York in the mid-1970s. He was older than Hemingway and Fitzgerald. They could have been there too if they had kept it together.