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Canadian Radio Interview CKWR on Gatsby May 29, 5 PM

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Canadian Radio Interview CKWR on Gatsby May 29, 5 PM

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Review of the The Great Gatsby Movie

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Cel-Lit, General News | Comments Off on Review of the The Great Gatsby Movie

The critics have not been kind but they are wrong on this Great Gatsby movie.The Great Gatsby shimmers on the screen. The film does what Fitzgerald did; it takes us in the eye of the metaphor and jumps into it and then does what any art does…exaggerates. Take the green light. Perfect. Of course we build around that visionary beam of the American Dream. It is nothing less than Gatsby’s soul and in the movie the green light beams and beams like a laser strobe across the bay from Daisy’s dock. It is the coalescence of the Fitzgerald novel…the magnet that catches all the metal filings. And we open and close with that green vision of hope… but lets move on.
The flowing billowy curtains that takes Fitzgerald’s prose and puts it into form. The eloquence of that metaphor is the women and the room are all floating around the ceiling and when Tom Buchanan shuts the door he shuts it all down and everyone floats back down…the effortless ether of the rich against the hard malice of Tom. And then of course the parties that seem to bother everyone. Have you never partied? Maureen Dowd of NY Times and others just couldn’t get around the fact that these parties were over the top  and fantastical. Did we ever live through the first twentieth century boom before income tax? During prohibition? And of course the original prose was over the top. When Fitzgerald describes the party it is the top of the top doing what they do best.
And then of course the driving. The crazy driving and Gatsby’s car which is described as a leather conservatory in the novel and an amazing yellow car nickel plated and swollen with hat boxes and fenders and curves and so we create Gatsby’s car and the way he drives and the way everyone drives in the roaring twenties. And could the party in Toms apartment been any more than the drunken bacchanal of sex, jazz,  and booze that was the twenties?  And then we go on to the showdown at the Plaza and Gatsby cracking up against Toms hard malice. And what is amazing is the film stayed on Fitzgerald’s metaphors and prose giving way to the book by putting the actual words on the screen and yes the use of Nick Caraway as the writer might have bothered some but it did anchor us in time and yes the relationship between Nick and Jordan Baker was lost but a small point for finally taking on the  love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy and giving the story its markers as the last will and testament to the American Dream.
I was all set to hate this film. In fact I never believed the novel could be brought to life on the screen but the movie brought to life the story and tipped its hat to the prose all along the way. The brilliance of the movie is that it made brilliant Fitzgerald’s prose….a film of metaphors and for someone to pull that off in the year 2013 and bring high brow entertainment to the masses…I’ll drink a highball to that any day and say with Jay Gatsby in his pink suit… Cant repeat the past!…of course you can old sport!
Rocket Man…the upside down American Dream

Rocket man Vs. Gatsby WCMY Interview

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Rocket man Vs. Gatsby WCMY Interview

William Hazelgrove talks about the new American Dream and what has changed since Gatsby

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A Winning Contemporary Look at the American Dream

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on A Winning Contemporary Look at the American Dream

Rocket Man lives up to its billing as a brilliant satire of the Great Recession generation’s desperate grasp at the American Dream. Dale Hammer, struggling writer and family man with a nonconformist atttitude many suburban drones find threatening, is a protagonist with whom many readers will relate. Struggling to make his mortgage payments on a McMansion in suburban Chicago, seemingly unable to repair his damaged relationships with his wife and young children, saddled with a father who has taken up domicile above his garage, under investigation for the destruction of a garish neighborhood sign, and stressed out over his responsibilities in preparing the scout troop for Rocket Day, Dale’s life seems to be ready to implode.
This is not nearly as depressing of a read as it sounds, however, as Hazelgrove writes with laugh-out-loud humor. Dale’s father, a traveling salesman best described as the human incarnation of Foghorn Leghorn, steals the show with his Southern-fried brand of roguish charm. And through the interactions of Dale senior, Dale, and Dale junior, Hazelgrove exposes many poignant truths about fathers and sons.
A clever rocket motif serves as the glue that binds together the plot and themes of this novel. Dale harbors powerful memories of blasting off a model rocket with his father and of his father rescuing him from a too-intense rocket ride at an amusement park, memories that resonate with his current role as the Rocket Man who’s entrusted with launching hundreds of rockets at the Boy Scouts’ Rocket Day.
This is a fun read, with many worthy messages for our generation. Highly recommended.
-Kevin Joseph, author of “The Champion Maker”

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3RJ7ZRS66CPLB/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1938467582&nodeID=283155&store=books

Rocket Man Mirrors Gatsby’s Dark American Dream

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Rocket Man Mirrors Gatsby’s Dark American Dream

<a href=”http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/just-released-rocket-man-mirrors-gatsbys-dark-american-dream“>Just Released Rocket Man Mirrors Gatsby’s Dark American Dream

Real Santa to be published fall 2014

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Real Santa to be published fall 2014

Real Santa will be published in the fall of 2014 by Koehler Books. The humorous story of a man who becomes the Real Santa to prove to his daughter that Santa exists by actually landing reindeer on his roof and going down the chimney.