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Hollywood has a rich history of turning great pieces of literature into fantastically mediocre movies. Today we discuss some of our favorite books that, given the right treatment, would shine on the silver screen, but more likely would wilt under a coat of Hollywood gloss, sheen and superstardom. Discussed will be Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye, Charles Willeford’s The Burnt Orange Heresy, Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and Chester Himes’ Cotton Comes To Harlem.
Anthony Bedard is a drummer and guitarist. He drummed for San Francisco’s legendary Icky Boyfriends, a band known to clear the room at lightning speed. He is currently playing guitar in the panic-skiffle rock combo known as Hank IV. Bedard also books The Hemlock Tavern, a San Francisco watering hole and rock club.
Nicole Hunter is a librarian who believes in the power of television to completely distract you from society’s ills, of which she thinks there are too many. Most of them can be found on television. She reminds you to always wear a scarf. She is also the co-host of the knitting-based Stash and Burn podcast.
Bucky Sinister is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry—King of the Roadkills, Whiskey and Robots, and the brand new All Blacked Out & Nowhere To Go. Bucky honed his writing skills and performing chops as emcee of the outrageous poetry brawl scene at the Chameleon in San Francisco’s Mission District during the mid 90’s. His poems have been included in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and King of the Roadkills inspired a short-lived clothing collection in Australia. He recently completed watching 500 movies on DVD this past year as part of the Q500 Experiment.
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