Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she’s
the truth-telling proprietress of the Venice, the famed New York City movie
theater. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when
Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her
high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at
hand, holds her dearest secrets.
When the Great Depression hits, Mazie’s life is on
the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is
rampant. If Mazie won’t help them, then who? When she opens the doors of the
Venice to those in need, this ticket-taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating
heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the
Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her
diary, it’s discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was
Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in
some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.
Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in
Joseph Mitchell’s classic Up in the Old
Hotel, Saint Mazie is infused
with Jami Attenberg’s signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie’s rise to “sainthood”—and
her irrepressible spirit—is unforgettable. Download and start listening now!