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|Friday, February 8th, 2008|
|Wednesday, November 1st, 2006|
writing and wondering
anyone around these parts have a few recommendations on books for aspiring writers? would be much appreciated!
|Wednesday, July 28th, 2004|
New Jerry Stahl Book !!!
Novelist, journalist and screenwriter Jerry Stahl, whom James Ellroy called “the American hipster bard,” has built a reputation by writing about the dark side of life with sharp sarcasm, been-there empathy and scathing wit. Now, the author of the celebrated memoir Permanent Midnight offers his finest work to date with a sensitively imagined novel from the perspective of Silent Era comic genius Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, in I, FATTY (Bloomsbury: July 23, 2004: $23.95, hardcover).
In Arbuckle’s voice, Stahl tells the story of the abandoned fat boy from Kansas who grew up on the road in vaudeville and rolled into Hollywood to almost single-handedly invent screen comedy, only to lose it all to alcoholism, addiction, and the decadent lifestyle of the time. By the second decade of the 1900’s, Arbuckle was more popular than Charlie Chaplin, and the first actor to make a million dollars a year. But by 1921, when he was accused of the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe at a San Francisco orgy, his fall from beloved star to national pariah was underway. Hung out to dry by studio heads eager to appease the country’s growing morality movements, Fatty was eventually acquitted, but he never recovered from the scandal.
A richly textured look at the wide-open city of Los Angeles in the early twentieth century, I, FATTY is also a story of Hollywood comedy itself, from the first pie fight – which happened to involve Pancho Villa – to Arbuckle’s famed collaborations with Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and a host of other comic titans. Filled with meticulously researched detail, Stahl’s book paints a vivid and visceral depiction of a bygone era. The first great Hollywood scandal, and the scandal-hungry public to which it gave rise, more than presaged the media-fed celebrity madness that continues to dominate today’s headlines.
Fatty’s descriptions of his Hollywood experiences – the degenerate party scene, the industry corruption, and the downward spiral into bootleg booze and still-legal heroin – are resonant terrain for Jerry Stahl, who described his own addiction in horrifying detail in the memoir and movie Permanent Midnight. Here, with sympathy, humor, and grace, Stahl inhabits the soul and mind of Fatty Arbuckle, and triumphs in his brilliant reimagining of this tragic, larger-than-life figure’s story.
|Wednesday, June 30th, 2004|
Cherry Bleeds July 2004
July 2004 issue #115
online version: Cherry Bleeds
download print version:Cherry Bleeds PDF
AMSTERDAMNING by Robert Guskind (NYC)
GIRL IN THE VIDEO STORE by Tony DuShane (San Francisco)
HORSE PART 5 by C. C. Parker (Seattle)
CATDOG McSTRONGBY by Karl Koweski (Alabama)
A FISH CALLED STEPHANIE by Mark Shrayber (San Francisco)
SLEEP BABY, SLEEP by Dorothee Lang (Germany)
CLOUD(ED) by Will Carpenter (Texas)
|Wednesday, May 19th, 2004|
|Tuesday, May 4th, 2004|
|Thursday, April 1st, 2004|
Here's the contents of issue #112:
April 2004 issue #112
online version: Cherry Bleeds
download print version:Cherry Bleeds print version
THE OCEAN AIR by Robert Guskind
CLOVE BOOGER by Tony DuShane
HORSE PART 2 by C. C. Parker
A SHADOW OF HER FORMER SELF by Karl Koweski
GHOST TURDS by Paul Corman-Roberts
FINISH LINE by Allison Landa
LOOKING THROUGH CABLES AT NOTHING
by Will Carpenter
Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman is Literary Love
COMING IN MAY:
New format of the audio show DRINKS WITH TONY hosted by Tony
|Wednesday, March 24th, 2004|
Hey everybody i'm new and i just created a john_fante
Community so please feel free to join.Apart from that hi.
|Saturday, January 31st, 2004|
like to read? read fast?
Come on over to rapidreaders
- we choose 2 books a month to read and discuss. Members & nonmembers can post so check it out! Come help us decide the first book to read for February - poll should be on the site's main entry page. ^_^ Current Mood: hopeful
|Thursday, January 22nd, 2004|
NIGHT OF VOICES
Hey lit church (the all to quiet),
i haven't been to this venue yet, but i'm performing as part of NIGHT OF VOICES on sunday night, so come out if you can. there's no cover.
Jan. 25, 8pm: Mighty, 119 Utah St., San Francisco.
NIGHT OF VOICES
Line up is:
Murder of Crows
|Sunday, November 30th, 2003|
|Tuesday, November 18th, 2003|
Hi, I found this community while searching for communities that list jt leroy as an interest. Im hoping to meet other writers and readers of leroy, spanbauer, palahniuk, clevenger etc.. Im a novice writer. Ive been to one of Tom Spanbauer's dangerous writing workshops and am going back for more as soon as possible.
|Sunday, October 19th, 2003|
Hey! I found this community by doing a search for Iceberg Slim and...surprise surprise! Don't I know you?! Hi Tony (sult
I have recently started my own community as well, rapidreaders
. One of the books we'll be discussing in November is The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim
so I was looking to get some background info before I started reading it. Has anyone here read it? I know I don't live in San Fran so if my posting is not cool, just let me know!
|Tuesday, July 8th, 2003|
|Wednesday, May 7th, 2003|
Since this community is gaining a bit o' steam....
I live in San Francisco. Most of my time is spent working on a film festival at the moment....leaving less time for writing, but when the fest has down time i'll be able to devote more then.
I'm working on a novel...I think this is my fourth attempt at something more than 50 pages. I also edit Cherry Bleeds
....which is in planning stage to put out an anthology, that's probably about a year away.
What's the skinny on you?