In a week and a day, my book for Cahiers du Cinema/Phaidon, Robert De Niro: Anatomy Of An Actor, sees publication. It is only right and fitting, I am told, to use this blog, which is my own, as a vehicle for its promotion. And so.
Two events celebrating the book are happening next week. The first is its official launch party, on Monday, July 28, at my favorite local bookstore Book Court, on 163 Court Street in Brooklyn. I thought it would make the event more festive if I had along my buddy Dan Callahan, who recently penned a first-rate critical biography of Vanessa Redgrave, a book rightly praised by no less a personage as David Thomson. Dan and I will read from our respective works and kick around a little talk about the iconography of screen acting and stuff. It should be fun. The link to the event is here.
Then, on Thursday the 31st of July, I'll be doing an event at the Williamsburg venue Videology. This one is me solo, with a moderator perhaps, and since it's at Videology, I'll be talking about the book and its subject with the accompaniment of pertinent clips from some of the films I discuss in the book. That, too, should be fun. The link is here.
My publisher and I are eager to book more events, so if you're interested, give me a holler via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org is my preferred address nowadays).
The first review of the book is up, over at Slant/The House Next Door, and I have to say I'm pleased with it. If eery notice I get is this thoughtful, I'll be delighted. I'll be posting links to other reviews as they appear. But as I am a firm believer in Fussell's Law (which I've elaborated on before, more than once), I won't comment on the negative ones, merely note their existence. It's a slippery slope in the world of the INTERNET, right people?
Such is the book news of the moment. More to come, and thanks for indulging me. You can just make the whole thing a lot easier by buying a copy yourself, either online or at your local and preferably independent book venue.