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Richard Rayner on Hollywood fiction, modes of story, and Matthew Specktor’s new novel:

American Dream Machine at least toys with the idea of roman à clef, laying out a tale in which Jack Nicholson, say, or Lew Wasserman, Richard LaGravenese, or Danny DeVito occupy the page with some who are in merely thin disguise and others who are fictional, full-cloth. The novel’s mingling of these different levels of reality is part of its effect and power, creating a relaxed tone and nonetheless reminding us that gossip and hearsay and smudged reports are modes of story too, as valid as, if different to, the eyewitness account — all are part of history’s first draft.

Read the whole article here.

looking forward to reading this one.

lareviewofbooks:

Richard Rayner on Hollywood fiction, modes of story, and Matthew Specktor’s new novel:

American Dream Machine at least toys with the idea of roman à clef, laying out a tale in which Jack Nicholson, say, or Lew Wasserman, Richard LaGravenese, or Danny DeVito occupy the page with some who are in merely thin disguise and others who are fictional, full-cloth. The novel’s mingling of these different levels of reality is part of its effect and power, creating a relaxed tone and nonetheless reminding us that gossip and hearsay and smudged reports are modes of story too, as valid as, if different to, the eyewitness account — all are part of history’s first draft.

Read the whole article here.

looking forward to reading this one.

 
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    looking forward to reading this one.
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