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Writers on the Screen

Jerry Eberle sent me this item from Gawker, in which their frequent target Jay McInerney (A Hedonist in the Cellar, 2006) is said to be doing a cameo on the next season of Gossip Girl.

Matthew Settle, who plays Pa Humphrey on the New York City-set teen soap about the sadness and mystery of money, says that ol’ Jay will be playing a mentor to Dan, a strapping DUMBO teen who aspires to be a writer (he’s already been published in The New Yorker! Fist bump!)

Setting aside the ridiculousness of film and television depictions of writing (novelists always have homes that only doctors could afford), this does suggest a good topic: as Jerry puts it, “the best and worst author cameos in film and/or television.”

I’m thinking Kurt Vonnegut in Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School. Classic.  How ’bout Hunter S. in Fear and Loathing?

Kurt Vonnegut in Back to School? It really happened! (Yeah, it was cribbed from Annie Hall, but still.)

OK, I’m trying to think of some more. Help me out here . . . .



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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  1.' Ray Olson says:

    Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front, played Professor Pohlman, a voice of wisdom character in the film of his novel A Time to Love and a Time to Die. I remember liking the film, which may have been a matter of stubbornness on my part, because I was a teenage cineaste who knew director Douglas Sirk was revered by the new-wave critics of the 1960s and wanted to be part of the cognoscenti. On the other hand, Sirk preferred sentimental romantic melodramas, and this love story set in WWII Germany is often cited as a 2-or-3-handkerchief weepie.

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