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A filmmaker presents a satirical novel about Hollywood that follows the career of a young screenwriter whose script attracts a star and a top studio head, which turns out to be a mixed blessing.
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published March 1997)
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Jon Boorstin
Feb 25, 2014 Jon Boorstin rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Well, I wrote it, so it's five stars in my book of life. My first novel, after much film-making and screenwriting, a humbling and a thrilling experience. I tried to capture what pushed people like me into the movies, and how that shaped our lives, for better and for worse; the nutty nobility, and sometimes the tragedy, of putting movies first. Inspired by Waugh's comic skewering of journalism, Scoop. I like to think it inspired Tropic Thunder, which came out after, and also concerns an action ...more
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JON BOORSTIN is a writer and filmmaker who works in a broad range of media. His novel The Newsboys’ Lodging-House won the New York Society Library Book Award for Historical Fiction, and Publishers Weekly called his novel Pay or Play “the definitive send-up of Hollywood” in a starred review. He made the Oscar®-nominated documentary Exploratorium; created Time Mobile, a pioneer prototype video game, ...more
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