Monthly Archives: May 2005

Squinting at the Distant Paradise, Take II

L.A. Existential By BRUCE WAGNER New York Times,May 23, 2005 Los AngelesNO one here even knew there was an election last week. I couldn’t have said it better than the San Francisco Chronicle (as quoted in L.A. Weekly): Wagner’’s fiction … Continue reading

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Squinting at the Distant Paradise

Manohla Dargis writes in the May 10, 2005, New York Times: OS ANGELES – Los Angeles is in love with the idea of its own self-destruction; it’s hard to think of another American city so similarly possessed. Actually, no. New … Continue reading

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Writing Cliche No. 1

New York Times, April 26, 2005OCAS DEL TORO, Panama – Dr. Jeremy Jackson is in an open boat, speeding across the waters of Laguna de Chiriquí, on the Caribbean coast of Panama. His graying red pony tail is frizzing and … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One

Hollywood writers, and those who aspire to be Hollywood writers, are fond of saying there are only so many plots in the world. The number varies depending on when the speaker went to film school, but it’s usually low and … Continue reading

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The Well-Fed Interview (Add 1)

New York Times, April 30, 2005“I always wanted to drive a bus because it’s big, it’s huge,” Ms. Small, 36, said as she picked through a fried shrimp sandwich on a recent lunch break. “My own personal conquest, I guess.”

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