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Slow Fade

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
With a geography as diverse as the streets of Beverly Hills and the charnel grounds of India, a Mexican beach resort and the Russian Tea Room in New York City, this is a spare, eloquent, and deeply informed novel about the world of the movies. It is a profound and utterly convincing portrait of a man whose career and life has been devoted to the manipulation of imagesand ...more
Unknown Binding, 211 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Apr 28, 2015 Lee rated it liked it
Will Oldham has released who knows how many albums in the sixteen or so years since I first heard “For the Mekons et al.” on the “Hey Drag City” compilation. On that track, he sounded like a candidate for “Dylan of His Generation.” There was something intuitively right and representative about the way he warbled an “executive branch in a nation of one, exercise your power, to veto, veto, veto, be the man of the hour,” concluding “If we drink, we still think, and we wake up in the morning, or we ...more
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Apr 26, 2012 Mike Polizzi rated it liked it
On image and illusions: holy or worldly, Wurlitzer's novel delivers on range, voice and authority- tinged with the scruff of counter-culture. Wurlitzer's landscape is the world of image-making and the search for truth and consolation in art, life and religion. With Wurlitzer's chops as a screenwriter, he comes to the novel as a point of distance and reflection. The females are all reductive- the book is at play in a male romantic fade out and it's the male archetypes that have the most fun in ...more
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Jan 18, 2012 Michael Seidlinger rated it liked it
AD Ballou > Walker Hardin.

Hardin slows the narrative down to a crawl in certain parts.

Overall an important and memorable book, but would AD be satisfied with 3 stars?

Would he even give a shit?

Probably not.
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meh. i like the movies from his screenplays better, and the movies i imagine from his books than actually reading them.
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The great-grandson of the man who founded the famous music company published his first novel, Nog in 1969. For most of the seventies Wurlitzer worked in Hollywood, writing screenplays. His 1971 play 2 Lane Blacktop was filmed by maverick producer Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates with singer James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. In 1973 he wrote the screenplay for Sam Peckinpah's Western Pa ...more
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