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A brilliantly shocking, irreverent, enlightening and entertaining autobiography by one of the greatest chroniclers of gay life He is the bestselling author of A Boy's Own Story and The Beautiful Room Is Empty

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Edmund White was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1940. He teaches at Princeton University. He is a commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Veteran screenwriter William Goldman once said that when it comes to predicting success in the movie business, nobody knows anything; this truism applies especially to independent filmmaking. Anderson (chief film critic, Newsday) and Kim (executive VP of marketing & publicity, Warner Independent Films) offer some peace of mind in this anecdotal examination of how indie filmmakers can get their film visions financed, made, launched, and noticed in today's glut of product. A diverse group of more than 60 publicists, producers, agents, critics, and others address such topics as crafting the script, navigating the maze of legal rights and clearances, and putting together a production and publicity team. Ultimately, a film stands or falls on its own merits, but proper presentation, according to the experts, is the key to success. Though filled with plenty of up-to-date information, this book features insider jargon and dense references to current studios, agencies, and marketplaces that are likely to put off novice readers. Still, it contains solid advice, helped by a dash of humor. Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries serving wannabe filmmakers. (Index not seen.)-Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'Remarkable ... among the most heartbreaking accounts of family life I have ever read ... This is an astonishing and wonderfully well-written biography' Justin Cartwright, Independent on Sunday 'This is White's best book ... If his autobiographical novels were a blueprint of his memory, this book is its to-scale model' Independent 'A vital and engrossing book ... His account of himself is clear, humorous, never coy. He knows that his "painful honesty" is the source of his humour. And we feel strongly, at the end of this remarkable book, that it is more than that: it is the source of everything, however artful and luscious, that he has ever written' Alan Hollinghurst, Guardian 'He is such a good writer he deserves to be read by everyone' Sunday Telegraph

White-a prolific essayist, novelist, biographer (of Proust and Genet), travel writer, critic and all-around man of letters-has mined the events and circumstances of his own life frequently and vividly, and has been the subject of two biographies. Wisely, he has not attempted a straightforward autobiography, but instead a collection of essays or meditations, beginning, tellingly, with "My Shrinks," an introduction to his early struggles with homosexuality and later with other problems; the psychoanalytic process led him to "the conviction that everyone is worth years and years of intense scrutiny-not a bad credo for a novelist." Essays on White's divorced parents-his conservative Republican father and hard-working, indulgent mother-are followed by "My Hustlers," which features the kind of candid writing about sex and relationships that has made White a gay icon. His close women friends aren't neglected, nor is the expatriate life he has often described before, including his friendship with French philosopher Michel Foucault. White delivers more on sex than any other subject (which will please many of his fans), but there's plenty more in these gracefully written pieces to engage the intellect, the emotions and even that part of us that responds to name-dropping. For a Princeton professor, White gets around. Photos. (Apr. 1) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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