Anne Rice.

The one author who will always inspire me to be a better reader and writer.

I discovered her back in 1994 at a dark time in my life when I needed some direction. Her novel, Interview With The Vampire, opened my eyes and made me see things and people differently. The world wasn't just black or white. It was in these seldom explored areas of gray that some people live and thrive in. I felt then that being a creative, I was one of the marginalized few. And so her novel about outcasts, outsiders, resonated with me and a whole generation of readers. And while the film version has certainly introduced her work to a younger generation, it is her books that I will always find comfort, solace and inspiration to read, and most importantly to write.

Long live, Anne Rice.
Long Live, LESTAT

The Outsiders

This is probably of those rare books that I read over and over again without even knowing that it was having an indelible impression on me.

I still have the movie tie-in version on paperback and while it is already yellowish, it is a clear indication that the book was love and read.

Written in 1967 and later turned into a hit movie in 1983 by Francis Ford Coppolla, the film stars C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy Curtis, a boy who was born on the wrong side of the tracks and yet possessed a heart of gold that belied his roots. His reality was that of poverty and belonging to a segmented group of kids called the Greasers. Their "enemy", the Socials or Socs, were the rich kids, the ones who could afford to dress well and live well.

The movie launched the career of the Brat Pack namely Ralph Macchia, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, and Matt Dillon.

When I saw the 50th anniversary of the book on hardbound, I just had to get it.

2-21-18

The film version of Call Me By Your Name is a piece of cinema that complements the source material; a novel beautifully written by Andre Aciman.

The casting and chemistry of Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet was perfect. Director Luca Guadanigno clearly knew what he wanted to convey and how to affect the moviegoer.

Like the book, the effect lingers on even after you've seen it. Although set in the 80's, it is a timeless piece that reflects love in all its intricacies, pitfalls, doubts, rewards, resolution and reminiscences. BRAVO!

2-11-2018

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