A Shout Out For Raintree County

A few weeks ago I saw the film version of Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Jr. I had always liked the movie and so I read the novel. What a beautiful piece of work. Wow. Long? Yes. But well worth the journey. Raintree County was one of the influences behind my decision to write The Northeast Quarter. Publishing date is November of this year. Whatever happens after that, it will be well worth the journey.

Harper Lee And Horton Foote

Among my favorites and certainly both were an influence on my work. I’ll never be as good, but if I spend the rest of my life trying, that’s all right with me.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s, everyone.  Temp here in Brooklyn has risen to 6 degrees.  Took Lorraine to the Pearl Room where we exchanged cards and whooped it up over brunch.  Stay warm.

The Northeast Quarter Chronology

When I told people about The Northeast Quarter, one of the responses was “Oh. It’s set during The Great Depression. Like Grapes Of Wrath.” Actually, it takes place ten years before – between 1918 and 1929.  A closer approximation of the time period would be found in Splendor In The Grass – as America slides from a post-war boom into financial breakdown.

Harris Checking In – Volunteer Work

Looking back, it was volunteer work which got me into this line of endeavor. In 1985 I volunteered to move sets and scenery for a ramshackle theater group in Santa Monica, CA. I ended up writing material for them. Sometimes when you give, you do receive.