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Official Website of Novelist and Screenwriter James Greer

Month: May, 2011

Hugs & Disses

The Los Angeles based creators of  a weekly podcast called Hugs & Disses, which is a name I am informed they made up all by themselves, were kind enough to ask me on their program this week.  I traveled to their sumptuous headquarters in Echo Park where they somehow managed to cajole me into talking […]

SmokeLong

Thanks to the discerning eye of guest editor (and very fine writer) Ben Loory, I have a very short story up over at SmokeLong, which is a place on the internet that publishes very short strories. My story is about elephants. That’s why there is a picture of a trunk at the top of this […]

Zombie James Franco is Stalking Me

First, I join the Los Angeles Review of Books as Contributing Editor. Next thing I know, James Franco is a Contributing Editor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. I shake it off. Probably just a coincidence. Following this, I contribute to an anthology called The Speed Chronicles coming out later this year (information here, […]

Against The Day

I was at a dinner party recently at which I met a Famous novelist, who told a story about meeting the Very Famous novelist Thomas Pynchon, who I’m sure you know has a reputation for being, shall we say, a very private person. He doesn’t give interviews. He doesn’t do readings. It’s big news when […]

Music For the Last Good Kiss

I dug up part of an abandoned novel about a guy who drives from New York to San Francisco with the corpse of his girlfriend (he accidentally kills her in the first chapter)  in the front seat. If you’re squeamish, don’t worry. I cut out all the gross necrophilia stuff. If you’re not squeamish, sorry, […]

Book Report(s)

Two books I happened to read recently and would like to tell you about: Frank Hinton I Don’t Respect Female Expression (Safety Third Enterprises, 2011) Frank Hinton is an enigma wrapped in a mystery on a bed of lettuce. A construct, possibly of/by a real person named Frank Hinton, possibly not. His/her limited edition chapbook […]

Prayer For No One (In Particular)

The excellent site On Earth As It Is has seen fit to publish a short thing I wrote. Both that site’s proprietors and myself would be very happy if you would take a minute to visit. Here.

A nation weeps…

…and that nation is Belgium. Although France probably ain’t too happy, either (but then, they’ve got their own problems).  

Cellini’s Salt-Cellar

Over at Fictionaut, I posted a new story. It’s about the salt-cellar created by Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), pictured above. It’s pretty short. If you want to read it, go here.

A short comment about comments

Due to a truly impressive volume of spam comments appearing here recently, I’ve had to put all comments into moderation mode, and I’m also going to ask that you register with the site in order to comment. Feel free to register with a fake email and psuedonym, it’s not like I’m going to check. But […]

The Hill of Crosses

I posted another story over at Fictionaut here. It’s about St. Francis. Or something. I don’t know what the hell it’s about. That’s your job. It was originally published in Metazen. Good people.

Jean Cocteau: à haute voix

Thanks to the wonderful, indispensable, and many other superlatives repository of the avant-garde, UbuWeb, you can hear and or download a four-CD collection of Jean Cocteau reading/speaking from his work, or introducing the work of other people (for instance introducing Edith Piaf, a close friend, before a performance). I don’t need to explain who Cocteau […]

Cannes: A Retrospective

The French newspaper L’Express has on the occasion of the 64th Cannes Film Festival put up a collection of all 64 Cannes Film Festival posters on their website, here. The poster above, for the 1961 festival, is one of my favorites, but almost all of them are pretty great. This one was designed by A.M. […]

Clip Art

Bits and pieces of this have been floating around for a while now, but turns out there’s more, much more, than I had previously thought. If you go here, you can benefit from the hard work of a bunch of people who are not me, who’ve been digging through New York’s Channel 13 archives for […]

North of Onhava: Picks of the Week

Two books and one DVD that you should not hesitate to buy/rent/steal: These movies don’t need my recommendation, but the collection itself, with its wealth of extras and (as always) immaculate transfers, is worth its weight in a precious metal slightly less expensive than gold but more expensive than silver. I don’t know what that […]

LATFOB

This week in Los Angeles there occurred (and as I type this is still occurring, though not for a few hours yet) a book festival called the Los Angeles Time Festival of Books. It’s a compete clusterfuck, but people seem to enjoy it. Last year I went for the first time. I sat at the […]