September 12th, 2008

New and improved!

I'm baaaaaaaaack...

...and will be trying something a little different with the blog for a while:

I've just had a book proposal accepted by McFarland. I don't want to talk much about it until the contract is hammered and inked (which should be soon), but then I'd like to turn this blog into the e-verbal equivalent of the supplementary materials on a DVD, meaning I'll be talking about the writing and researching of the book as it's ongoing.

The book will be a biography/filmography of an actress known mainly for her work in '40s and '50s film noir. I'm working with her indirectly, and have a tremendous amount of material to sift through, everything from letters to clippings to contracts to stills to actual film prints. This woman had an absolutely astonishing life, and was still working two years ago (when she starred in an amazing film by one of my favorite directors).

This is going to be fun. I hope to share some of that with all of you.