Friday, April 02, 2010

Mike Figgis' 6 best books

Mike Figgis was nominated for Oscars for directing and writing the adapted screenplay for Leaving Las Vegas.

He named his six best books for the Daily Express.

One title on the list:
A Fan’s Notes
by Fred Exley

Exley is for me one of the greatest of 20th century American writers. He writes about himself, of being a writer and other writers. At the same time he describes his own descent into alcoholism and time spent in mental hospitals. My favourite sequence deals with the filthy corruption of a soap opera from Exley’s couch-potato viewpoint.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue