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Beginnings

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February 17th, 2019 Posted 7:13 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1995, THE FAN  (filmed by Tony Scott with a fine cast). Sports often play a role in PA’s work, but never more than in this one. It begins with sports talk radio – a kind of Greek chorus that appears several times in the book. Gil is the fan.

[“Peter Abrahams’ The Fan is a shrewdly crafted thriller about a spoiled, egotistical home run hitter and the schlemiel hunting knife dealer’s rep whose hero worship metastasizes into obsession…the tale’s sharp characterizations, crisp style, and unpredictable plot twists add up to a highly credible and suspenseful literary entertainment.” – Entertainment Weekly]

“Who’s next? Gil on the car phone? What’s shaking’, Gil?”

Dead air.

“Speak, Gil.”

“Is this …”

“Go on.”

“Hello?”

“You’re on the JOC.”

“Am I on?”

“Not for long, Gil, the way we’re going. This is supposed to be entertainment.”

Dead air.

“Got a question or a comment for us, Gil?”

“First-time caller.”

“Fantabulous. What’s on your mind?”

“I’m a little nervous.”

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Beginnings (More)

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February 25th, 2018 Posted 8:54 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 1995, #8 – THE FAN. It was made into a movie of the same name, directed by the late Tony Scott and starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Benicio Del Toro, and Ellen Barkin. It begins with sports talk radio, which I used as kind of a Greek chorus.

“Who’s next? Gil on the car phone? What’s shaking’, Gil?”

Dead air.

“Speak, Gil.”

“Is this …”

“Go on.”

“Hello?”

“You’re on the JOC.”

“Am I on?”

“Not for long, Gil, the way we’re going. This is supposed to be entertainment.”

Dead air.

“Got a question or a comment for us, Gil?”

“First-time caller.”

“Fantabulous. What’s on your mind?”

“I’m a little nervous.”

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Screenplay

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July 21st, 2011 Posted 9:34 am

“I hear you’re taking a swing at the Chet and Bernie screenplay,” says Spence.

“Uh-huh,” says Admin.

“How’s it going?”

“It’s shorter than a book.”

“Which you knew already from the Lights Out screenplay.”

“True.”

“Which I liked, although it didn’t make it to the screen.”

“No guarantees in the picture biz.”

“As I recall, you didn’t write the screenplay for The Fan.”

“Absolutely not.”

“I thought Benicio Del Toro was very good.”

“Uh-huh.”

“And Ellen Barkin.”

“Yup.

“Anything you can tell me about the C and B script? How did you start, for example?”

“With Chet and Bernie meeting for the first time.”

Welcome Twister and Red, Bandana Dude, Skipper’s friend Chloe.

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R.I.P.: Bob Loveless

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September 11th, 2010 Posted 8:24 am

“Hey,” says Spence. “Bob Loveless died. Didn’t you do some research on him some time back?”

“Yeah,” says Admin. “When I was writing The Fan. The fan himself was a knife salesman whose father had been a maker of beautiful knives. The two names that kept coming up were Bo Randall and Bob Loveless. Bob Loveless was a real artist, and kind of eccentric. Might have been toothless, as I remember, which is kind of interesting in a vaguely ironic way, considering his vocation.”

“Knives resembling teeth, you mean?”

“That kind of thing.”

Knives resembling teeth? Is that what they’re talking about? Things get kind of strange around here sometimes.

“I think Bob Loveless gave Sports Illustrated a nice quote once, having to do with the enormous prices his knives commanded in the after-market, up to $150,000,” Admin says, digging around in his desk. He pulls out a sheet of paper, with a rough edge, like it was torn from a magazine. Hey! That reminds me of something. Was it in Thereby Hangs A Tail? I almost remember, and then Admin says, “Here it is. He said: ‘The kind of American who acquires a lot of expensive things so that he can show them off to his peer group and thereby acquire more status is the kind of American who makes me puke.'”

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