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Wasted Beauty
Eric Bogosian
0743235886
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Actor Bogosian (Mall) takes the "opposites attract" conceit to an extreme in a well-crafted novel that's also a vicarious walk on the wild side. Before he crashes two very different ends of the social spectrum together, though, Bogosian develops each one separately, cultivating suspense: how will these characters come together? In one corner is Reba, a 20-year-old upstate New York farm girl who, along with her nasty brother, Billy, sells apples to Manhattanites on weekends. In a breathless series of events, she becomes separated from Billy and is spotted by a fashion photographer who turns her into a supermodel. In the other corner is Rick, a middle-aged Jewish doctor living in the suburbs with his family. While he likes his life, he's also chafing under certain domestic constraints. It's up to Billy to make them...


subUrbia
Eric Bogosian
1559361018
April 1995
Paperback
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Review
"Richard Linklater's fine new film subUrbia combines his talents with those of Eric Bogosian and brings out the best in both. Mr. Bogosian's venomously funny play, which he adapted himself for the screen, is given warmth and generosity by Mr. Linklater, whose elegantly fluid direction and great skill with actors are accentuated by the play's sparseness. Mr. Bogosian's knife-edged humor and hairpin turns at the end of the play keep the material from meandering and guarantee the film its sting. --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Pic's fascinations owe in large part to Bogosian's skill at drawing characters that are American archetypes yet quirkily distinct and idiomatic. His dialogue is rich and flavorful, avid at capturing the pungent nuances of slang and the precise verbal textures of a world that seems...


Humpty Dumpty and Other Plays
Eric Bogosian
1559362510
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

Eric Bogosian is one of our most singular and exhilarating commentators on American life. His award-winning solo performance works have been performed with acclaim all over the world. As the New York Times has pointed out, "Bogosian is a born storyteller with perfect pitch." That is never more evident than in his newest book, which collects his three most recent plays. In Humpty Dumpty, five friends gather for a holiday at a mountain getaway where unforeseen events bring them to the brink of the end of the world; Griller, set in a New Jersey backyard, where a barbecue gathering turns sinister and deadly; and Red Angel, Bogosian's riff on Von Sternberg's The Blue Angel, reset on a college campus in 1990s New England.

"I want theater to wake me up, not lull me to sleep. My theater...



Suburbia
Eric Bogosian
031216615X
Feb 1997
Paperback
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Review
"Richard Linklater's fine new film subUrbia combines his talents with those of Eric Bogosian and brings out the best in both. Mr. Bogosian's venomously funny play, which he adapted himself for the screen, is given warmth and generosity by Mr. Linklater, whose elegantly fluid direction and great skill with actors are accentuated by the play's sparseness. Mr. Bogosian's knife-edged humor and hairpin turns at the end of the play keep the material from meandering and guarantee the film its sting. --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Pic's fascinations owe in large part to Bogosian's skill at drawing characters that are American archetypes yet quirkily distinct and idiomatic. His dialogue is rich and flavorful, avid at capturing the pungent nuances of slang and the precise verbal textures of a world that seems...


Essential Bogosian: Talk Radio, Drinking in America, Funhouse & Men Inside
Eric Bogosian
1559360828
April 1994
Paperback
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About the Author
Eric Bogosian is the OBIE-award winning writer and performer of Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Drinking in America, as well as his plays Suburbia and Talk Radio, both made into major motion pictures.


How to Talk Dirty and Influence People: An Autobiography
Lenny Bruce
0671751085
May 1992
Paperback
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Book Review
In 1963, before the law and his drug habit brought the curtain down on the comedian, Hugh Hefner asked then-superstar Lenny Bruce to write his autobiography. Lenny hired writer Paul Krassner to help him edit the book, which appeared in Playboy over the next two years. Though it's uneven, and somewhat dated, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People deserves a look, if only to balance the movie Lenny, which many of the comedian's friends say missed the man entirely. The book is, simply, Lenny Bruce riffing on his life--from a drab childhood in Brooklyn, to stints in the navy and merchant marine, and finally to the nightclub circuit and eventual stardom. Of course, the veracity of any single anecdote is highly questionable, but How to Talk Dirty and Influence People rises above that, revealed as a fascinating expression of how...


The Physiognomy: The Mark Selieger Photographs
Eric Bogosian (Introduction)
0821225987
October 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Mark Seliger's book is filled with a riveting cast of characters culled from the celebrity subjects he shoots as the chief photographer for both Rolling Stone and US magazines. A particularly stirring image is a 1987 Rolling Stone shot of Perry Farrell watering a sunflower garden. It is a powerful photograph, made all the more so by the fact that it is the image that essentially launched Seliger's career as one of today's leading music photographers. In the book's introduction, Eric Bogosian discusses the public's infatuation with celebrity, and how it is the photographer's job to capture that fleeting moment, that millisecond that encompasses the subject's spirit. And the artists that Seliger has caught in these moments are wildly diverse. His portraits of musicians range from seldom-photographed country stars like Loretta...


Hollywood Animal
Joe Eszterhas
073931131X
Jan 2004
Audio Cassette - Abridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Author/screenwriter Eszterhas introduces readers to the ultimate in Hollywood animal thinking when he quotes an unnamed Oscar-winning producer as saying, "the only time I’ll root for anybody to be a success is if he or she has cancer, and I know for certain that the cancer is terminal." Eszterhas’s book is unabashedly vulgar, a brutally revealing blend of sex and greed that goes much further than Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures (Forecasts, Jan. 5) in exposing Hollywood’s dark side. Eszterhas refers to himself as "insufferable" for coveting success and money, but as the horrifying anecdotes unfold, he mounts a dynamic defense of screenwriters who have been treated like "discarded hookers... not invited to premieres of their own movies, cheated of residual payments." Salacious details...


Hollywood Animal
Joe Eszterhas
0739311328
Jan 2004
Audio Compact Disc - Abridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Author/screenwriter Eszterhas introduces readers to the ultimate in Hollywood animal thinking when he quotes an unnamed Oscar-winning producer as saying, "the only time I’ll root for anybody to be a success is if he or she has cancer, and I know for certain that the cancer is terminal." Eszterhas’s book is unabashedly vulgar, a brutally revealing blend of sex and greed that goes much further than Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures (Forecasts, Jan. 5) in exposing Hollywood’s dark side. Eszterhas refers to himself as "insufferable" for coveting success and money, but as the horrifying anecdotes unfold, he mounts a dynamic defense of screenwriters who have been treated like "discarded hookers... not invited to premieres of their own movies, cheated of residual payments." Salacious details...


Love's Fire: Seven New Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets
Eric Bogosian
0688161723
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
The greatest love poetry in the English language provides the springboard for master playwrights' never-before-published works about the triumphs and tragedies of the heart. The sonnets and plays in Loves' Fire are the seeds and fruit of an extraordinary project: seven sonnets by Shakespeare, newly envisioned for the stage, in one-act plays by seven brilliantly gifted contemporary playwrights.Shakespeare's sonnets of romantic and sexual love are timeless, for they are not bound to any particular setting or to either sex. These seven plays, each paired with the sonnet that inspired it, are startling not only in the variety of their mood, content, and setting, but also in their unusual interpretation. For example, Wendy Wasserstein's version of Sonnet 94 is a one-act play set in the Hamptons, where a well-to-do couple is...


Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead
Eric Bogosian
1559360968
October 1994
Paperback
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From Booklist
Introducing the published version of his latest solo show, Bogosian laments that, thanks to TV, "we float in a matrix of billions of image fragments, sound bites, plot-line, news reports and ad copy." Pounding Nails (which opened last February) is his new attempt to make sense of this flotsam. As in his previous one-man shows, Bogosian presents a series of unconnected monologues--some comic, some satiric, some poignant--delivered by various oddball denizens of his fertile, feral brain: spaced-out drug dealers, self-satisfied suburbanites, and fire-breathing talk radio hosts. This time, however, Bogosian seems more amused than disgusted by the decaying world around him, as if his anger has been tempered by a touch of hope--or is it resignation? The result is a work every bit as powerful and well written as...


Suburbia
Eric Bogosian
0822214288
May 1995
Paperback
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Review
"Richard Linklater's fine new film subUrbia combines his talents with those of Eric Bogosian and brings out the best in both. Mr. Bogosian's venomously funny play, which he adapted himself for the screen, is given warmth and generosity by Mr. Linklater, whose elegantly fluid direction and great skill with actors are accentuated by the play's sparseness. Mr. Bogosian's knife-edged humor and hairpin turns at the end of the play keep the material from meandering and guarantee the film its sting. --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Pic's fascinations owe in large part to Bogosian's skill at drawing characters that are American archetypes yet quirkily distinct and idiomatic. His dialogue is rich and flavorful, avid at capturing the pungent nuances of slang and the precise verbal textures of a world that seems...


American Theatre Book of Monologues for Women
Stephanie Coen (Editor)
1559361980
June 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
The best monologues from 15 years of American Theatre magazine plays.These monologue books present the best audition pieces for actors selected from over 80 plays first published in American Theatre magazine since 1985. The magazine has published many of the most important contemporary American plays over the last 15 years, including Angels in America, Three Tall Women, M. Butterfly, Talk Radio, The Baltimore Waltz, Buried Child, to name a few.Chosen by Stephanie Coen, the former managing editor of American Theatre, these books provide a remarkable array of styles and characters for use in auditions or scene study classes by male and female actors.Selected from the work of the following playwrights:Edward Albee, Jon Robin Baitz, Eric Bogosian, Pearl Cleage, Don DeLillo, Rita Dove, Christopher Durang, Horton Foote,...


Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll
Eric Bogosian
1559361247
September 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
From Spalding Gray to Anna Deavere Smith, monologists have become a real power in contemporary theater. Few have had the savage impact of Eric Bogosian, who continues to get inside working- (and formerly working-) class Joes with attitude in his 1990 Monologue of 12 Characters. Among the vivid rebels he incarnates are an artist who resolves to keep his art inside his head to prevent "the system" from commercializing it and an entire group of blue-collar guys whose wedding-eve party for a buddy turns into a merry sleigh ride to hell. The virtuoso piece of Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll shows a high-powered executive who juggles business partners, enemies, spouse, mistress, and children on a cellular phone, showing each a distinct side of his twisted personality.

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Griller
Eric Bogosian
082222044X
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Wake up and Smell the Coffee
Eric Bogosian
0822220474
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
100% pure high octane Bogosian.Bogosian's latest and greatest monologue."His wit is as venomous as ever, his material even more devastating and polished than before."-New York Daily News"Bogosian hasn't simply crossed the line of good taste, he has snorted it."-The Daily TexanWake Up is Bogosian's meditation on making it to the top of the ladder, on falling off the ladder and on the exhilarating thrill of the ultimate crash and burn. Once again the author offers a blisteringly funny and dead-on take of the chaos and alienation of post-modern life in the U. S. of the year 2000. As Michael Feingold so ably offered in his Village Voice review-"Bogosian is there, watching out for the downtrodden, ridiculing the arrogant rich, defending battered wives and neo-hippie hitchhikers and never losing sight of his own capacity for...


Humpty Dumpty
Eric Bogosian
0822220458
Dec 2005
Paperback
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