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Film and literature review-- current and retro

Work in Progress


I want a page on which I can write about the films and literature that has been formative for me. 


*** I also wish to note that the Good Reads list was something I added to the blog rather arbitrarily; that website offers a new user a list of titles and asks him or her to rate them, then compiles a list of titles which the user supposedly recommends. I don't have any problems with any of the books on my list, but I probably wouldn't have drawn anyone's attention to John Grisham's A Time to Kill. Grisham isn't bad, mind you, but his works are not ones I've yet felt any need to go back to or to write about, and that's what I mainly intend to do with literature I will blog about. In any case, it'll be at this page, here, where I will include my serious recommendations for storytelling I find especially important. I wouldn't say I consider the stories I write about here to  in any way represent a hierarchy of greatness; I expect to write about Leaving Las Vegas and The Exorcist soon and I'm not yet sure how great I consider either of the two of them-- where the latter is concerned, I'm not sure I think the book is great at all, and LLV, though I consider it great beyond any doubt, I'm not sure how I'll ultimately place it in the context of American Literature and storytelling generally. 




  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald--


  • The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne--




  • Night, by Elie Wiesel--



  • An American Tragedy-- Theodore Dreiser


  • Leaving Las Vegas, by John O'Brien--




  • The White Hairs, by Noah Mulette-Gilman--



  • The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty--


  • The Prize, by Daniel Yergin--


  • The Big Con, by David Maurer--