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Joe Woodward
Los Angeles, California
Author Joe Woodward
Interests: history, art, reading, writing, biography, art criticism, literary biography, fiction writing and reading
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On February 22, 2015, BBC Radio 3 aired a Sunday Feature centered on Nathanael West and his novel, The Day of the Locust. I was lucky enough to be included as a special guest. For all those interested, take a listen on the podcast. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Nathanael West Project
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Nathanael West at rest. This is a picture of Nat in the summer of 1931 at Viele Pond when he was at work on Miss Lonelyhearts (published in 1933). Nathaniel Rich at The Daily Beast just described the novel as "essential" to understanding America and The American Dream. Rich is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at The Nathanael West Project
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ALIVE INSIDE is up at iTunes. What would old Nat think? Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK A Biography of Nathanael West By Joe Wooodward ALIVE is now audiobook available at Audible.com. Download an App for your mobile. Available in paperback, and for Kindle, iPad at O/R Books, Amazon and B&Noble. "In this fresh, elegant biography by Joe Woodward--the first in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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BRINGING NATHANAEL WEST BACK TO LIFE: A REVIEW OF ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK This just in from VOL 1 BROOKLYN WHO ARE THEY: Volume 1 Brooklyn is a multimedia project hell-bent on bridging any and all gaps between literature and other forms of high and low culture — be it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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LA TIMES BOOK FESTIVAL Sunday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. Nonfiction: Reporting the Arts Moderator: Orli Low, Former Asst. Edit. LAT Panelists: Joe Woodward Anne-Marie O'Connor RJ Smith Joe Woodward ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK: A Biography of Nathanael West Anne-Marie O'Connor THE LADY IN GOLD: The Extradordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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Translators, and biographers, make good readers. Today, from me, in The Huntington Post: The Huntington Post: The enterprise of translation has always interested me. As a young reader, of course, I read the canonized foreign “classics” of my time: the Russians, the French, the Spanish, the Central and South Americans.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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I'm pleased (actually beside myself) to report that Jay Parini, the noted writer and critic and editor of both The Norton Anthology of Autobiography and The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature has written a beautiful review in the February 2012 issue of Literary Review, London. Jay Parini says of ALIVE... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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JOAN DIDION -- LATE IN LIFE By Joe Woodward @ The Huffington Post 1/10/12 Excerpt of review of Didion's Blue Nights "Old age in America is a humorless state of spent energies—a time-desert laced with lost economic and political power and long hours in medical waiting rooms skimming back issues... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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The Day of the Locust Chapter 3 The novel, right up to the end, was called The Cheated by West. It wasn't perfect, he realized, but nothing else seemed as true and right. Certainly "cheated" fit Faye Greener. Faye, his heroine-grotesque, takes up the whole of chapter 3 and prepares... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at The Nathanael West Project
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On December 22, 1940 at five minutes to three, Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney were in a car accident in the middle of the California desert. We know the time because the Highway Patrol recovered Eileen's broken watch at the scene. They had been married less than year. West had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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Chapter 2 (above is the apartment building in Hollywood where West worked on Locust) "The house he lived in was a nondescript affair called the San Bernardino Arms. It was oblong three stories high, the back and sides of which were plain, unpainted stucco, broken by even rows of unadorned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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The Day of the Locust Chapter 1 Is Hollywood West's subject, or does he mean to say--Hollywood has made a subject of us? Yes. West's masterwork begins as it ends--with a shrill, in exhaustion, with a view of things as they are and as they are not. A forest of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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THANK YOU to everyone who joined us last night to launch ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK. We had a crowd of about 50. Everyone was welcomed by Diana Ljungaeus, Exec. Director of the Los Angeles Press Club and then I was introduced by Boris Dralyuk, Noir Editor at the Los Angeles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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Tomorrow is the big day--Book Launch Party Thank you for the kind words and look forward to it. A reminder. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. / Thurs. Dec. 8 LA Press Club is at 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Corner of Hollywood Blvd. and N. Berendo Street Across from Barnsdall Art Park/ Sign... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK featured in comic form in The Rumpus This is really something special. I feel very lucky that the book interested Kevin Thomas at The Rumpus.net. It is a perfect reading of Alive Inside the Wreck. It is a nod to West's own love of cartoons and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor at The Telegraph in London offered a rave review today of my new biography ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK. Chilton says, "...the book serves as a vibrant reminder of a talened and somewhat neglected author. West's wonderfully imaginative and slightly disturbed books are still in print--even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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The Book / The Playlist @ Largehearted Boy http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2011/11/book_notes_josh_13.html Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK FEATURED BOOK-OF-THE-WEEK November 13, 2011 @ LitFest Magazine A great early review of the book. Read below. http://www.litfestmagazine.com/2011/11/featured-book-of-week-november-13-2011.html Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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Friends and Family -- Readers All! You're cordially invited to... My Book Launch Party in Hollywood Hope you can join us and help celebrate the birth of this book and the great Nathanael West You are invited to join OR Books and the LA Review of Books to toast the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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Miss Lonelyhearts Has a Religious Experience Chapter 15 The final chapter. "After a long night and morning, towards noon, Miss Lonelyhearts welcomed the arrival of fever. It promised heat and mentally unmotivated violence. The promise was soon fulfilled; the rock became a furnace." "He fastened his eyes on the Christ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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Miss Lonelyhearts and the Party Dress Chapter 14 The end is near. It begins with Betty. She leaves the party and is met by Miss L. at the elevator. "She had on a light-blue dress that was very much a party dress. She dressed for things, he realized." "Won't you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATAHANAEL WEST October 17, 1903 R.I.P. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project
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Miss Lonelyhearts Attends a Party Chapter 13 "Miss Lonelyhearts had gone to bed again. This time his bed was surely taking him somewhere, and with great speed." "Put on a pair of pants, my friend," he said, "we're going to a party." "The party was at Shrike's apartment. A roar... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2011 at The Nathanael West Project