Saturday, August 23, 2014

Istanbul

On a mission 38 years ago in Istanbul all went wrong. Weather turned hot, Turks were disengaged, traffic was horrendous, drugs deliriously available, youthful angst displayed everywhere, hungry dogs in gutters, angry skinny cats hiding in doorways, elderly with hunched shoulders, torn clothing, faces filled with disgust, prayer rugs-hung over fences, children afraid to play, food and jewelry and clothing venders relentless with demands. The sky was blue and the earth was scorched form histories of warfare, destruction and death. I wasn't a happy camper.

Sipping a cup of espresso and chomping on a small piece of baklava at a sidewalk café, from behind me someone tapped me on the shoulder. A young woman, blonde, natural, in cut-off jeans, flip-flops and a smile as broad as the Bosphorus Bridge which links Europe with Asia.

"Kunt u mij helpen?" She asked in Dutch.
"If I can," I answered in English.
I motioned for her to sit across from me at the small table. She took a sip of my espresso when I offered it to her, and then soft tears dripped from her eyes.
"How may I help you?"
"Mijn vriend mij verlaten. Ik heb geld nodig om naar huis te vliegen naar Amsterdam."
"This boyfriend that deserted you is he Dutch?"
"Hij is Turks. Ik ontmoette hem op het internet. Hij vertelde me om hier te komen naar Istanbul. We zouden trouwen en wonen in zijn kasteel."
"You believed he would marry you and live in a castle in Istanbul?"
"Hij is een vriend van mijn leraar geschiedenis aan de universiteit. Ik geloofde hem."
"I would not trust your history teacher any more. A friend of his sounds like your enemy."
"Thank you," she said in English. "I need money for a flight back to Amsterdam."
"You know what," I said, and slyly looked around for her Turk boyfriend. He stood across the street , his dark eyes staring at us like a lion praying on a lamb, "you're pretty but I can't sympathize with you. I'm not a tourist. I'm a mercenary."
Her eyes bulged.
"If you and your boyfriend like being healthy, you should stand up and walk away. If I see either of you again that will be the last time either of you will try to swindle someone.
She stood up. "Het spijt me. Vergeef me."
"Being sorry is a long way from being forgiven," I said. "Go back to Amsterdam where you belong."

She left with we eyes and walked in the opposite direction of where her boyfriend waited for her. I ran across the street and confronted him.

In Turkish I said, "Eğer ödül Eğer hayat onun agian görmek asla." If you prize your life never see her again.
He nodded and walked up the street in the opposite direction.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fat City

Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor. He is hailed for bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.

And then comes Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood. Can't stop the rebellion and can't stop the magic. Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood is working it with the delicious Marilyn Monroe, unfazed Marlon Brando and delirious James Dean. They are alive and spellbind the movie industry. The Blonde Bombshell, the Renegade and the Rebel make produces and directors wealthy, and make the public edgy. The triangle shakes up Hollywood and change society. They change those who know them by way of method acting, eccentric lifestyles, amazing veneers and outrageous celebrity.

Marlon Brando is the instigator of method acting followed by Marilyn Monroe and then by James Dean. Prettyboy  comes along and swells with the culturally shifting times. Actors, money, sex, seduction and illusions; women want to be Marilyn Monroe, men want to be Brando and Dean. The actors are drop dead gorgeous and cunningly vulnerable. They are praised as well as jaded by the media. Older generations misunderstand them. P R E T T Y B O Y: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood breathes freshness into a timeless era of celebrity, money, beauty, sex and rebellion.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

What's Your Tale, Nghtingale?

James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.

Then along came Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood. Prettyboy features turmoil during 1954  when method actors and perfumed actresses in Hollywood were storming the media. I mean, before there was Superman, before there was Batman, and before there was The Simpsons, there was Prettyboy, carving his pathway to stardom in Hollywood alongside James Dean, Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe.

From New York to Hollywood, from mundane existence of the '50s to the uproar of method actors and perfumed actresses, Prettyboy draws you into the world of established and rising producers, actors and actresses the likes of Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Carey Grant, Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell, and many other celebrities, and tells a story of love, betrayal, survival and friendship. As complex as the friendships Prettyboy experiences, Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood is an engaging, transparent and unforgettable novel.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Marilyn Monroe + Prettyboy

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

She now stars in the new novel Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood, with James Dean, Marlon Brando and a few other fabulous movie stars from the 1950s era, publication date set for October 2014.

UCLA 1954, Prettyboy is one average method acting student among hundreds ready to graduate, and join the pools of thousands of other actors in Hollywood seeking agents, auditions, and parts in movies. Marlon Brando makes an appearance that fires up Prettyboy at the Roxy Theater. The following week Marilyn Monroe makes the scene and seduces the young method actor. As if that was all that mattered, James Dean the new kid in befriends Prettyboy.

The gates have opened for Prettyboy. He dines at the fabulously famous  Hollywood Formosa Café. The unknown handsome Prettyboy is confronted and hounded and challenged and put-on by Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Howard Hughes, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, and other fanatic movie stars as well as his best friend and girlfriend.

Struggling with romance, friendships, enemies and career options, Prettyboy faces regretful choices. Among method actors and perfumed actresses, can Prettyboy find comfort in his own skin weaving in and out between betrayal, survival, complex relationships and experiences, and learn to only trust his instincts?

A classic tale of romance, adventure and hardships, Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood mixes fiction with fact, which bolsters the elements that love has a place in everybody’s heart, except for perhaps Prettyboy.

Cast an Eyeball


Cast an eyeball would ya? Just when you think you have it made along comes Prettyboy. Cranked, cruisin' for a brusin', fired up, faked out, get bent, goose it hipster, in orbit, jacked up, knuckle sandwich, like crazy like wow. The language of the cool generation, its insights, and the culture of the 1950s return when Marilyn Monroe declares she’s getting a divorce from Joe DiMaggio, when James Dean offers a leading part to Prettyboy in Rebel Without a Cause, and when Marlon Brando is about to rip out Prettyboy’s heart because he won’t give the shades back that he had given to him.

Will Prettyboy survive?
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Prettyboy - Hollywood


UCLA 1954, Prettyboy is one average method acting student among hundreds ready to graduate, and join the pools of thousands of other actors in Hollywood seeking agents, auditions, and parts in movies. Marlon Brando makes an appearance and fires up Prettyboy at the Roxy Theater. The following week Marilyn Monroe makes the scene and seduces the young method actor. As if that was all that mattered, James Dean the new kid in town cuts up Prettyboy.

The gates have opened for Prettyboy. He dines at the fabulous Hollywood Formosa Café. The unknown handsome young man is confronted and hounded and challenged and put-on by Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Howard Hughes, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, and other paramount movie stars as well as his best friend and girlfriend.

Struggling over romance, friendships, enemies and career options, Prettyboy faces regretful choices. Among method actors and perfumed actresses, can Prettyboy find comfort in his own skin weaving in and out between betrayal, survival, complex relationships and experiences, and learn to only trust his instincts?

A classic tale of romance, adventure and hardships, Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood mixes fiction with fact, which bolsters the elements that love has a place in everybody’s heart, except for perhaps Prettyboy.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Speculative Fiction - Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood

Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror, do you get enough of it? There is Fifty Shades of Grey for Fantasy, but for some readers and movie goers Fifty Shades isn't fantasy, it's Horror and Science Fiction.

Science Fiction is something altogether different from other genres. It's either in your face with manmade mechanical gadgets, or human physical mutations, an alternative universe and goo and muck.

Fantasy takes you to places you might never experience with ghosts, time-travel, and commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.

That's right Speculative Fiction, it's an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror fiction, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts.

My new upcoming publication Prettyboy: Fabulous Fifties Hollywood is Speculative Fiction, not as in fantasy or supernatural, but as in Alternate History. The fantastical scenes depicting James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and many other superstars from the 1950s era Hollywood happened in my imagination but were as real as life itself.

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