Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood

On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood On Spec: A Novel of Young Hollywood by Richard Rushfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Mistakes were made" is seen at least twice in the text, an echo of the Reagan era. And one wonders about the myriad typos -- are they deliberate malapropisms of the characters, or not? Some are, such as "dias" for "dais" and "viola" for "voila" -- and to great comedic effect. Others just seem like oversights, "there" as "here" and so on.

But this is only to point out how deliciously fun the play of language is, no avant ways needed. The characters' mis-speech, if you will, with the ample sampling of late-'90s American slang, is delivered and enjoyed. In that, the book is well-written without being "well-written", do you know what I mean? No labored carving of sentences et maximes to please Flaubert fans here.

In short, a hilarious story structured in the journal entries, and one series of Dictaphone tirades, of the ensemble. More entertaining than most Hollywood products.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Random 4

    There was an Old Man of Apulia,
may be gathered from the poem “Substance, Shadow, and Spirit” (p. 73),
especially such as wrought miracles, by the odious name of sorcerers
summâ non eruditionis modò gratiâ, sed etiam jucunditatis; cum
   And the cushion in the chair.
try to gain the shore by climbing up the log abutment to the bridge.
Else, let mappedValue be nextValue.
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Cratylus admits that pictures may give a true or false representation,
a passive and involuntary process; and if I were obliged, not to define poetry, but to name the class
phrase Project Gutenberg appears, or with which the phrase Project
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