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“Fat City.”

Now, there’s a case of a fine book and a fine movie.


1 Matt Blankman   ~  May 24, 2012 2:34 pm

Gardner was part of David Milch's writing stable at NYPD Blue, later, if I'm not mistaken.

2 Alex Belth   ~  May 24, 2012 2:39 pm

Milch loved "Fat City" and taught it when he was teaching at Yale. He later hired Gardner. That's about as terse as novel as you'll ever read. I think I prefer the movie. There is more humor in Huston's version--though it's not silly at all--which helped cut through the despair. Least for me it did. Both book and movie are terrific though.

3 Matt Blankman   ~  May 24, 2012 3:23 pm

[2] No shock that Milch loves "Fat City," is it? I have a hardcover of the book somewhere, but I admit I have never read it. I love the movie.

Have you ever heard "Help Me Make It Through The Night" the same way since seeing the film?

4 Alex Belth   ~  May 24, 2012 3:29 pm

I have not.

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