Sunday Morning! Hollywood’s Eve and Eve’s Hollywood

Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Aaron David says:

    “Reading her makes you realize that the secret to good writing is to be yourself, only more so.”

    It also helps to have something to write about. The new “wave” of writers, the MFA crowd, seem to have done nothing worth writing about and so lack an actual perspective on life. At least nothing outside the I’m Going To Become A Writer track. I first noticed this, looking back, when professors and writers became the viewpoint charactors in an increasing amount of fiction. The writers couldn’t seem to picture themselves (and it is always themselves, look at the amount of memoirs from people who had done nothing being published in the 90s-00s) as anything else.

    I am sure that there is a movement (in general, not a specific “named” one) to move past this. I hope so, at least. Anyway, I never had much of a fascination with hollywood or celebrity culture, so I will probably skip Eves books, but you never know. I do like Didion though. She had a nice fragility that really added to her writing.

    Taking a break from the beauty of the Sea Of Fertility and rereading Ellroys high gothic Black Dahlia. Man, that book is dark.Report

    • George Turner in reply to Aaron David says:

      I think technology might make and break trends like that. In the 90’s and 00’s, people interesting in writing got word processors on Mac and PC and started pounding out their novels and scripts. Now everyone pounds out text all day long, and self-publishing is a going thing. So perhaps we’ll get a much broader range of authors, and will be able to ignore young folks whose dream is to write the great American novel about a hero-protagonist who is struggling to write the great American novel, which is about a writer struggling to…

      Speaking of self-referential back-slappers, I’m wondering when the Oscars will get nominated for an Emmy.Report

  2. PD Shaw says:

    Today, we watched “Ruben Brandt, Collector,” which so far is my favorite in the local film series. I guess it can be described as an animated, surrealistic mystery-heist caper. Psychiatrist who employs art to treat patients, finds himself increasingly attacked by famous paintings in his dream, bleeding into his everyday life. Can art thieves save him?

    Highly referential to art and cinema and even though I don’t know many of the references, it didn’t seem pretentious because it was mostly fun. A good exercise in world building.Report