Friday, November 04, 2005

Call to New Yorkers...!

I've been asked to do a reading from SHAM at Sebastian Junger's joint, the Half King, this coming Monday (November 7) at 7 p.m. My agent tells me this is quite a coup, since most of those invited to present at the Half King are authors of "significant" fiction or at least linear nonfiction--like, say, Junger's own The Perfect Storm, on which he made a Hollywood-sized killing a few years ago. Back in 1991, I was fortunate enough to have a TV movie adapted from my true-crime book, Deadly Blessing. It still shows up on Lifetime or Court-TV now and then under the title Bed of Lies, and boasts an enviable pedigree: It was made by Warner Bros. in cooperation with The Wolper Co., best known for such classic miniseries as Roots (arguably the classic miniseries of all time) and The Thorn Birds, as well as its uber-slick production of the 1984 Olympics. Nonetheless, they must have run out of creative steam by the time they got around to my flick, since Lies essentially is a two-hour excuse for Susan Dey to vamp about in lingerie and other skimpy outfits. Which is why it always does well in the ratings, no doubt--that, and some fine (if genuinely disturbing) work by Chris Cooper, post-Lonesome Dove but well before his Oscar-winning turn in Seabiscuit.

Suffice it to say I did not make a Jungeresque killing, and these days I have absolutely no idea what became of the money.

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