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Michael C. Hall To Adapt Matthew Specktor’s ‘American Dream Machine’

Dexter star Michael C. Hall will adapt Matthew Specktor‘s novel American Dream Machine as a Showtime TV series.

Read a free sample of the novel at this link. Dexter showrunner Scott Buck has also joined the project and Specktor will write the screenplay. Tin House published the novel in April. Here’s more about the deal, from the publisher’s release:

 Michael C. Hall will serve as executive producer and is eyeing a role in the series. The project is set in Hollywood in the 1970s and centers on the titular talent agency. American Dream Machine is a sweeping narrative about fathers and sons, the movie business, and the sundry sea changes that have shaped Hollywood, and by extension, American life.


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Joan Didion Week at The Los Angeles Review of Books

The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) dedicated an entire week of essays to Joan Didion and her new memoir Blue Nights. Six writers shared their thoughts about the new book; one essay was published each day this week.

The group includes LARB senior fiction editor Matthew SpecktorTake One Candle Light a Room author Susan Straight, literary journalism professor Amy Wilentz, Cool Shades author Amy Emphron and LA Times columnist Meghan Daum. The last piece, written by Los Angeles Without a Map novelist Richard Rayner, will be published tomorrow.

LARB editor-in-chief Tom Lutz gave this statement in the release: “Didion is an icon of literary L.A. despite living in New York much of her life. In 1976 she wrote that ‘[t]o shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed.’ That attention to style, structure, perspective, and meaning animates the essays we’re featuring this week.”

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