It's 1960, and Frank Sinatra is at the height of his power and influence in Hollywood. Bobby Blaine, a peripheral member of the Rat Pack, chafes under the singer's egomania and bullying. He tries to... More > land roles without Sinatra's help and encounters only failure, until he is asked to do one last favor: pick up Marilyn Monroe in Reno, where she is having a nervous breakdown trying to finish "The Misfits," and deliver her into the clutches of Sinatra's Mafia pals at the Cal-Neva Lodge.
Bobby hires Gene, a 20-year-old would-be beatnik, as his driver. Gene falls in love with a Mexican-American motel maid, encounters the racism of the day, and like Bobby, tries to become his own man.
Bobby and Gene's struggles shine a light on the hidden ways of the world of the early 1960s, where a presidential candidate could carry on affairs under the nose of reporters, a world of Hollywood double-crosses, political shenanigans, bad Beat poetry, a hapless Broadway producer, and a comedian with a broken heart.< Less
This book is intended to be both pornography and an affectionate homage -- almost a parody, yet real porn -- to the wild pulp paperback porn that was so ubiquitous in the 1970s and 80s. Supplanted by... More > the advent of the cheap porn video, this pulp porn was one of the main media for pornography then. It was what the self-conscious “erotica” of the day specifically was not -- it was nasty, rude, usually very embarrassing, and a lot of fun. It commonly had a faux-naïve tone, especially the stuff about teenage girls. I try to capture that here.< Less
Hap, who works in the periphery of the software industry, has a gorgeous girlfriend and a great apartment in San Francisco, but he's just learned that the owner plans to sell his building, and he's... More > afraid that moving out of the city will mean the end of his love affair.
Called to a gathering of friends he's known from college and from jobs in Silicon Valley, he has to decide whether saving his apartment and his love affair is worth mortgaging his soul as the newest employee of Dreedle, a fiendish corporation devoted to selling out the privacy of every individual to the highest bidder.
How They Scored mixes speculation about the loss of privacy in the 21st century with a journey through the beds of the bohemians of San Francisco and Austin, Serbian fashion models, Las Vegas wheeler-dealers, and a "landscape artist" whose life work is a hole in the ground in the middle of the desert.< Less
The diary of an unhappy novelist who must teach creative writing classes and workshops to survive. Only one person meets her high expectations -- her cold, severe, Japanese piano teacher, whom it... More > seems she can never please.< Less