Thursday, April 5, 2012

the last book I ever read (Everything is an Afterthought, excerpt one)

from Kevin Avery's Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson:

When it came to movies, Paul's taste often was at odds with the critical darlings. "He liked the dark horses," Jonathan Lethem says, "the ones that everyone had rejected, like Heaven's Gate" (he liked the soundtrack to Michael Cimino's film so much, and was so sure the record would be discontinued, that he bought three copies). Conversely, he hated Cimino's The Deer Hunter but loved the largely dismissed Clint Eastwood-Jeff Bridges buddy-heist hybrid Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. He thought Woody Allen was "The joke of the age," "The most overrated director in the history of cinema," and wanted to know "If he's this reclusive genius, what's he doing at Elaine's every night?" He wasn't a fan of Kubrick's films, but he loved The Way We Were and went to see it six times. He adored Kim Novak and never felt she got the respect she deserved.

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