Several months after first reading Crossing California, I discovered a video on author Adam Langer’s website. Narrated by Langer, the video features early 1970’s Super-8 footage of Chicago’s West Rogers Park, the neighborhood in which the novel is set. Unearthed from the basement of his parents’ home, this should have been a gem to me. I was absolutely captivated by this novel, and I admit to being something of an Adam Langer fan-boy. Strangely, my first response to this footage was dejection. T...more
I was there! And just exactly like the charac ...more
Ben ritrovati, amici e amiche, sono qui per..
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POPOLO DI ROMA!
Siamo qui per fare la conoscenza di un autore americano della cerchia ebraica di Roth & co, un loro fratellino minore che ingiustamente riceve sempre le briciole: Adam Langer.
Langer di fatto non è l'ultimo arrivato, tant'è vero che potrebbe essere mio padre. Cresciuto negli anni '70 nella zona di West Rogers Park a Chicago ...more
I picked up this book simply because I live in Rogers Park and figured even if I didn't care for it, I could still learn a bit about my neighborhood's history and enjoy re ...more
Then, as I read on, my enthusiasm waned. The story went on too long; many of the characters became tedious in their self absorption, and, in my opinion, the author seemed to be enjoying his o ...more
Until recently, Langer was known primarily as a playwright and the author of a film festival compendium, but that's about to change. Reviewers have heaped the kind of praise on Crossing California for which most first-time novelists would sacrifice their coffee and nicotine. Critics zeroed in on Langer's biting wit (the youngest Rovner's song, "My Love Ain't Always Orthodox," is a particular fave) and lauded his depiction of youthful disaffection, embodied in characters like Jill, the intellectu...more
But then, if you get past page three things shift--it's not just eight graders and h ...more
The sense of place is just incredible - I picked this up for the first time well before I'd spent much ...more
"The bell on the Liberty Federal Savings sign was shining dark blue; that meant it would get colder that night. In the summer, the sign was usually bright red."
"To Deirdre, Muley had never really been a child; he was an adult who didn't know anything yet, and the fastest way to get him to know things was to treat him as if he already did."
"She had recently purchased a Sony Betamax videocassette player and recorder and ...more
There is a lot of detail about the area. It really brings the neighborhood to life and in many ways, Rogers Park is the star of the book rather ...more
His work has been featured most recently on NPR's Selected Shorts, in The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2000, and The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2000, as well as in the Chicago Reader's Fiction Issue, and in the literary magazine Salt Hill. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and numerous othe ...more