Stephen Evans, author of The Marriage of True Minds (June 30-July 11)
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Hi - As a playwright, you have the luxury of going to the theater and watching and listening to the audience as they react. A novelist doesn't always get that chance. So I am delighted to join you and have a chance to hear your thoughts and questions!
Thanks for asking! I have a new play in the works, a two-character comedy set in Las Vegas. I am polishing a nonfiction book about driving across America with Ralph Waldo Emerson. And I'm collecting thoughts for a possible return to the land of Nick and Lena - we'll see about that one. But I have to say I'm curious myself to see what happens with them.
In case someone asks, I thought I would share my unbiased opinion of my novel entitled The Marriage of True Minds. I have concluded that my novel entitled The Marriage of True Minds is the greatest short novel ever written. To explain my criteria and decision-making process regarding my novel (entitled The Marriage of True Minds), let’s examine some of the other fine contenders:
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad): I never laughed once.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (Truman Capote): Does not appear to be set in Minneapolis.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich (Leo Tolstoy): The letters in this book look funny and I’m not entirely sure it was written in English.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce): Has more than five words in the title.
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf): Was not written by me.
So, to sum up, The Marriage of True Minds is the greatest short funny novel set in Minneapolis written by me in English with a title of not more than five words.
Then again, to be fair, I have to admit that the book is absolutely no use as a doorstop or papaerweight.
I'm halfway through the book in just a few hours. The movie should be optioned by the Coen Brothers. Nobody else could do it justice. Eddie Izzard should be Nick. Parker Posey should be Lena. That would rock.
I laugh out loud periodically in normal life, but much more from the book, and even the above posts.
Also, I'm an attorney, so procedurally, I tend to get upset about minor legal innacuracies in books and film. I had to remind myself that this was about lobsters, animals, divorce, bonding, etc., and very weird. Don't sweat the details.
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