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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.

NPR All Things Considered and WTTW Interview

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in EH-Attic, General News | Comments Off on NPR All Things Considered and WTTW Interview

William Hazelgrove interview on All Things Considered about writing In Hemingways

Attic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCEu4heGhIw

Why Gatsby Will Always Elude Film

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in General News | Comments Off on Why Gatsby Will Always Elude Film

We all saw Coppola’s effort to capture The Great Gatsby with Redford and Mia Farrow mooning after each other in seventies grandeur. Great clothing. Great cars. Great music. Terrible movie. And yet here was Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, but of course Coppola’s problem was he was too in love with the novel. He tried to interject Fitzgerald’s prose wherever he could and it was like laying silk on charcoal. “Cant repeat the past, of course you can old sport!’ Redford choked on that one.
And if the characters didn’t choke on the prose then the narrator did. “I have been turning over some advice my father gave me once….” The stertorous Nick Caraway years before he was a TD Waterhouse mouthpiece just couldn’t handle those lines without dropping them like lead into the Long Island Sound. And why shouldn’t he? Voice overs are tricky anyway and literary voice overs feel like syrup dribbled all over perfectly good scenes. Scream when the metaphors become too much.
But metaphor was Fitzgerald’s gift and that elegiac elegant prose does not translate to the eye or the ear. It was meant to be read. Sadly for DiCaprio and everyone else involved in the new attempt to bring Gatsby to the twenty first century they will only succeed in sending people to find the book. And even if they update the story will not translate. The intelligence of Fitzgerald and any first rate novelist is they understand the keening of a read line of prose and its impress on human consciousness. No amount of CG will ever bail out a visual medium in this area.
And so we will be left with the plot without the fine linen. And so, we will beat on, boats against the current, born back ceaseless to the novel. And not the film.