Here the lens is turned on its fringes — actors out of work, film extras with big dreams, and parents lining their children up for small roles. No novel more perfectly captures the nuttier side of Hollywood. The great hollywood novel is now available as a stand-alone New Directions editionAdmired by F. But it’s the bit actress faye greener who steals the spotlight with her wildly convoluted dreams of stardom: “I’m going to be a star some day—if I’m not I’ll commit suicide.
What Makes Sammy Run?Vintage #ad - But speculation as to his real identity would be utterly fruitless, for Sammy is a composite picture of a loud and spectacular minority bitterly resented by the many decent and sincere artists who are trying honestly to realize the measureless potentialities of motion pictures. And all of us have stopped to wonder, at some time or another, what it is that makes these people tick.
What makes sammy Run?Everyone of us knows someone who runs. Compromise would mar the portrait of Sammy Glick. He is one of the symp-toms of our times—from the little man who shoves you out of the way on the street to the go-getter who shoves you out of a job in the office to the Fuehrer who shoves you out of the world.
In the course of finding out what makes Sammy run an operation in which the reader is spared none of the grue-some details Schulberg has poured out everything he has felt about that place. The result is a book which the publishers not only believe to be the most honest ever written about Hollywood, but a penetrating study of one kind of twentieth-century success that is peculiar to no single race of people or walk of life.
What Makes Sammy Run? #ad - What makes them run?this is the question Schulberg has asked himself, and the answer is the first novel written with the indignation that only a young writer with talent and ideals could concentrate into a manuscript. Schulberg has etched it in pure vitriol, and dissected his victim with a precision that is almost frightening.
When a fragment of this book appeared as a short story in a national magazine, Schulberg was surprised at the number of letters he received from people convinced they knew Sammy Glick’s real name. To this group belongs schulberg himself, but has spent his life, literally, who has not only worked as a screen writer since his graduation from Dartmouth College in 1936, in the heart of the motion-picture colony.
Play It as It Lays: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - A “scathing novel” of one woman’s path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album The Washington Post Book World. It is a searing masterpiece “from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe” Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review.
Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out “somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped. But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.
Play It as It Lays: A Novel #ad - Raised in the ghost town of silver wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang. . But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Her daughter, kate, was born with an “aberrant chemical in her brain.
Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. Told with profound economy of style and a “vision as bleak and precise as Eliot’s in ‘The Wasteland’, ” Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream The New York Times.
Spare, and terrifying, elegant, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.
Always Outnumbered, Always OutgunnedWashington Square Press #ad - In a place of violence and hopelessness, Socrates offers up his own battle-scarred wisdom that can turn the world around. Now, he has come home to a new kind of prison: two battered rooms in an abandoned building in Watts. Meet socrates fortlow, a tough ex-con seeking truth and redemption in South Central Los Angeles -- and finding the miracle of survival.
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned #ad - I either committed a crime or had a crime done to me every day I was in jail. Once you go to prison you belong there. Socrates fortlow has done his time: twenty-seven years for murder and rape, acts forged by his huge, rock-breaking hands. Working for the bounty supermarket, and moving perilously close to invisibility, it is Socrates who throws a lifeline to a drowning man: young Darryl, whose shaky path is already bloodstained and fearsome.
New york times bestselling author Walter Mosley introduces an "astonishing character" Los Angeles Times Book Review in this acclaimed collection of entwined tales.
The Little Sister#ad - The Little Sister #ad - Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles. A movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's 5th novel has philip marlowe going to Hollywood as he explores the underworld of glitter capital, trying to find a sweet young thing's missing brother.
Tropic of OrangeCoffee House Press #ad - Yamashita presents an intricate plot with mordant wit. The new york times book Review “A stunner . . . An exquisite mystery novel. Hemmed in by wildfires, it’s a symphony conducted from an overpass, grandiose, and as diverse as the city itself—from an author who has received the California Book Award and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award, comic, among other literary honors.
Tropic of Orange #ad - Fiercely satirical . . . Irreverently juggling magical realism, tropic of orange takes place in a Los Angeles where the homeless, and chicanismo, hip hop, film noir, gangsters, infant organ entrepreneurs, and Hollywood collide on a stretch of the Harbor Freeway. David foster wallace meets gabriel garcia Marquez” in this novel set in a dystopian Los Angeles from a National Book Award finalist Publishers Weekly.
But this is a novel of dystopia and apocalypse; the mystery concerns the tragic flaws of human nature. Library journal starred review “Brilliant . . . An ingenious interpretation of social woes. Booklist starred review.
Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust New Edition New Directions PaperbookNew Directions #ad - Her protector is an old man named Homer Simpson. Scott fitzgerald's unfinished masterpiece The Last Tycoon 1941 among the best novels written about Hollywood. Set in new york during the depression and probably west's most powerful work, Miss Lonelyhearts concerns a nameless man assigned to produce a newspaper advice column — but as time passes he begins to break under the endless misery of those who write in, begging him for advice.
Set in hollywood during the depression, technicians, tod Hackett, comes to California in the hope of a career as a painter for movie backdrops but soon joins the disenchanted second-rate actors, the narrator, laborers and other characters living on the fringes of the movie industry. Tod finds work on a film called prophetically “The Burning of Los Angeles, ” and the dark comic tale ends in an apocalyptic mob riot outside a Hollywood premiere, as the system runs out of control.
Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust New Edition New Directions Paperbook #ad - With a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem. First published in 1933, as unnerving as a glob of black bile vomited up at a church social: empty, blasphemous, Miss Lonelyhearts remains one of the most shocking works of 20th century American literature, and horrific. Many critics consider it with F. Unable to find answers, and with his shaky Christianity ridiculed to razor-edged shards by his poisonous editor, he tumbles into alcoholism and a madness fueled by his own spiritual emptiness.
During his years in hollywood West wrote The Day of the Locust, a study of the fragility of illusion. Tod tries to seduce Faye Greener; she is seventeen.
A Single Man: A Novel Picador Modern ClassicsFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - A single man follows him over the course of an ordinary twenty-four hours. Behind his british reserve, rage, tides of grief, and loneliness surge—but what is revealed is a man who loves being alive despite all the everyday injustices. When christopher isherwood's a single Man first appeared, sympathetic, it shocked many with its frank, and moving portrayal of a gay man in maturity.
. He is determined to persist in the routines of his former life. Welcome to sunny suburban 1960s Southern California. Isherwood's favorite of his own novels, it now stands as a classic lyric meditation on life as an outsider. George is a gay middle-aged English professor, adjusting to solitude after the tragic death of his young partner.
McTeague Signet ClassicsSignet #ad - Few works have captured the seamy side of American urban life with such graphic intensity. Fans of jack london and theodore Dreiser will appreciate the richly crafted prose and the historically accurate portrayal of 19th century America. A lesser-known american classic, McTeague explores the darker side of success and the pitfalls of marriage for a turn-of-the-century couple.
Mcteague is the story of a poor dentist scraping by in San Francisco at the end of the 19th century, whose $5, and his wife Trina, 000 lottery winning sets in motion a shocking chain of events.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Serpent's Tail ClassicsSerpent's Tail #ad - They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Serpent's Tail Classics #ad - The marathon dance craze, which flourished at that time seemed a simple way for people to earn extra money dancing the hours away for cash, for weeks at a time. The depression of the 1930s led people to desperate measures to survive. But the underside of that craze was filled with a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms.
A lurid tale of dancing and desperation: Horace McCoy's classic American novel captures the dark side of the 1930s.