The Real Movie Star Is Really Dead

I’ve been meaning to finish the story I started (see here and here) regarding my movie stardom. But between episodes two and three the real actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died an almost unspeakably sad death. I read and listened to…

Lydia Davis Hates Me

Tonight on an elliptical machine facing an enormous mirror beneath a bank of television screens playing, from left to right, The Kelly File, Mike and Molly and then Mom, Hollywood Game Night, Piers Morgan Live, Baylor vs. Kansas, and The…

Fat City, Part 2

Most of the chapters in Leonard Gardner’s Fat City can function independently as set pieces. They are scenes and character studies that map some of the terrain and a few of the lives in late 1950s Stockton, California. The terrain…

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