On the same August day in 1969 that a crazed hippie "family" led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders in the canyons above Los Angeles, a young ex-communicated seminarian arrives with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift - "the two most beautiful people in the history of the movies" - tattooed on his head. At once childlike and violent, Vikar is not a cineaste but "cineautistic", sleeping at night in the Roosevelt Hotel where he's haunted by the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a culture in upheaval: strange drugs that frighten him, a strange sexuality that consumes him, a strange music he doesn't understand. Over the course of the 70s and into the 80s, he pursues his obsession with film from one screening to the next and through a series of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran film editors, only to discover a secret whose clues lie in every film ever made.
©2013 Steve Erickson (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
Love this book, but there are so many more great books by Erickson that could be added to Audible's library. Audible, please add more of his books!
I have no words, other than it's best described as it's entitled zeroville. This book is zeroville, and perhaps as this book ponders everything and everyone is too. This book is brilliant. It does require the ability to make absract thought concrete and vise versa. If this is a skill you lack i don't think this is the book for you.
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