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By Gale Garnett. 2003
Johnny Reed is a gifted black actor who leaves America for Greece, where he now has a job and a… family. Theddo Daniels is an African-American civil rights activist and a closeted homosexual in the early stages of AIDS, in Greece to write his memoirs. The two men meet and become friends, while they and Johnny's wife must deal with the secrets and horrors of their pasts. Some strong language. Some descriptions of sex and violence. 2003.
By Stan Charnofsky. 2017
Wealthy, mega-successful parents reared Harry Schiff to hunger for fame and fortune. At college he sees others throw off family… fiats and successfully begin to define themselves. He meets Juliet, driven to be an actor, sensuous, passionate, yet never with commitment. His good friend, Katy Bloom, also a striving actor, becomes his confidante, secretly in love with him. A fourth buddy, Galen Thurston, an Adonis, blessed with Hollywood connections, gets a seeming break because of his father, but with strings. A tragedy explodes when Galen discovers his father’s ugly secret. The group’s chemistry is altered with an intrigue that involves both Harry’s and Galen’s parents. Juliet is on her rocket to fame, her own family’s tale so sordid that she cannot tolerate her father’s presence. Is Harry Juliet’s toy? She would deny it, but eventually, Harry must face off his two demons: his parents’ domination and Juliet’s emotional indifference. Resolution comes when he gets a heady break, screws up his courage to confront his issues, and sees Katy Bloom in another light. To be true to himself becomes more important than to become famous.
By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Streitfeld. 2019
“Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.” —Ursula K. Le Guin… When she began writing in the 1960s, Ursula K. Le Guin was as much of a literary outsider as one can be: a woman writing in a landscape dominated by men, a science fiction and fantasy author in an era that dismissed “genre” literature as unserious, and a westerner living far from fashionable East Coast publishing circles. The interviews collected here—spanning a remarkable forty years of productivity, and covering everything from her Berkeley childhood to Le Guin envisioning the end of capitalism—highlight that unique perspective, which conjured some of the most prescient and lasting books in modern literature.