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Stephen Evans, author of The Marriage of True Minds (June 30-July 11)

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Jun 30, 2008, 11:52am Top

Join us here to talk to Stephen Evans, author of The Marriage of True Minds. He'll be on LibraryThing to discuss his work and answer questions through July 11th.

Jun 30, 2008, 4:42pm Top

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!

Jul 4, 2008, 9:14am Top

What are you currently working on?

Jul 4, 2008, 12:39pm Top

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.

Jul 7, 2008, 3:16pm Top

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.

Jul 8, 2008, 1:57pm Top

Then again, to be fair, I have to admit that the book is absolutely no use as a doorstop or papaerweight.

Aug 16, 2008, 3:00pm Top

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.


Sep 11, 2008, 11:25pm Top

Research. Yes. I've heard of that.

Feel free to email me with any suggestions.

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