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Memphis Movie [Reading] ➶ Memphis Movie By Corey Mesler – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Eric Warberg went to Hollywood to make it big For many years, he was successful, until directing a few box office bombs made him virtually unemployable When an opportunity presents itself for a return Eric Warberg went to Hollywood to make it big For many years, he was successful, until directing a few box office bombs made him virtually unemployable When an opportunity presents itself for a return to his hometown of Memphis, to direct a small, independent film, it is a return to his roots in ways than one Despite the fact that he s greeted like a star, his homecoming is bittersweet The novel begins on the onset of filming of what is temporarily called Memphis Movie From day one, Eric feels stuck and unable to find his creative spark He is helped along by a large cast of characters, some from his past and some from the filmmaking industry, including his partner, Sandy, who wrote the script for the movie Their open relationship will be challenged by Eric s return to his roots Memphis Movie reads like a Robert Altman film, with many story strands making up the rich tapestry The novel s central question will Eric lose or find his soul in Memphis, a town where soul has so many meanings.


About the Author: Corey Mesler

COREY MESLER has published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Esquire Narrative Project and Good Poems, American Places Viking Press, He has published novels, Talk A Novel in Dialogue , We Are Billion Year Old Carbon , The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores , Following Richard Brautigan , Gardner Remembers , Frank Comma and the Time Slip , Diddy Wah Diddy A Beale Street Suite , Memphis Movie , Robert Walker full length poetry collections, Some Identity Problems , Before the Great Troubling , Our Locust Years , The Catastrophe of my Personality , The Sky Needs More Work and books of short stories, Listen Short Conversations , Notes toward the Story and Other Stories , I ll Give You Something to Cry About , and As a Child He has also published over a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor s Writer s Almanac His fiction has received praise from John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Smith, Frederick Barthelme, Ann Beattie, Peter Coyote, Steve Yarbrough, Greil Marcus, among others With his wife, he runs Burke s Book Store in Memphis TN, one of the country s oldest and best independent bookstores He can be found at coreymeslerwordpress.



10 thoughts on “Memphis Movie

  1. Corey Corey says:

    It s a masterwork, Corey As Seymour said to Buddy, all your stars were out when you wrote it So many breathtaking moves, I kept wondering How does he do it Prose as nimble as Baryshnikov, imagery to die for, and the control of some kind of a sorcerer alchemist lens grinder Kick your computer to pieces you ll never write so well again If this book gets the recognition it deserves, you ll be a constellation And oh yeah, I really liked it Steve Stern, author of The Frozen Rabbi and t It s a masterwork, Corey As Seymour said to Buddy, all your stars were out when you wrote it So many breathtaking moves, I kept wondering How does he do it Prose as nimble as Baryshnikov, imagery to die for, and the control of some kind of a sorcerer alchemist lens grinder Kick your computer to pieces you ll never write so well again If this book gets the recognition it deserves, you ll be a constellation And oh yeah, I really liked it Steve Stern, author of The Frozen Rabbi and the Jewish Book Award winning, The Wedding Jester Memphis Movie, Corey Mesler s latest wild ride of a novel, combines Hollywood cynicism and debauchery with Memphis soul and eccentricity The result is a broadly comic tale with a surprisingly sweet, rather sorrowful afterglow It s is a playful novel, full of sly and not so sly jokes, but it s not particularly lighthearted Play can be intense and unsettling, and that s the case here This is ultimately a story about failure, aging, and death, about the way people come to terms with them or fail toFor all its waggishness, it s a novel with a heart Warberg s plight, as bizarre and implausible as it might be, is a human one, and it touches the heart Mesler s wit and fondness for the absurd complement but never obscure the soul of this novel and its first rate storytelling Maria Browning, Chapter 16


  2. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    For some inexcusable reason, this is the first book I ve read by Corey Mesler It will not be the last.


  3. David Lentz David Lentz says:

    This novel sings like a spirited, well played rendition of Dirty Lowdown Blues on Beale Street it is authentic, gentile, Southern and soulful Mesler treats his characters with a gentle hand in their depiction, which perhaps is Southern or just a spirited and eclectic writer giving his characters time and space to dance to the music of time to enable their unique identities to come into play This novel is about aspiration and the distinction between what is authentic and what is artifice Th This novel sings like a spirited, well played rendition of Dirty Lowdown Blues on Beale Street it is authentic, gentile, Southern and soulful Mesler treats his characters with a gentle hand in their depiction, which perhaps is Southern or just a spirited and eclectic writer giving his characters time and space to dance to the music of time to enable their unique identities to come into play This novel is about aspiration and the distinction between what is authentic and what is artifice This novel deals with the ghosts haunting our spirited lives and advising us well by the insinuation of instinct and the voice of deep, innate reason to be only what we truly are This novel is about the absurdity of life and its futility Samuel Beckett is alluded tothan once but in Memphis Movie there exists no lingering despair, no bitter edges, no fearsome abyss Mesler calmly builds characters who live and breathe, whom we come to know and care about, and whose lives intersect with comedy and tragedy in either case to enrich and inhabit a truly immersive reading experience We become engaged in the storyline because the characters are engaging and beckon us to enter their lives and understand their hopes and dreams and pursuit of their personal ambitions Mesler takes the aspirations of his characters and they become a springboard to the action of their lives, leading them on, egging them on or, as Scott Fitzgerald wrote in Gatsby , they become boats beating against the current The well dressed set of Memphis in his movie is inherently essential in the telling of this rich, Southern tale it is not only Southern but it is also American and, at times, even Biblical Going back to the Pyramid and a poet bearing the storyline named Camel At times, the Mississippi might just as well be the Nile Memphis becomes Eden after the Fall and, after all, it s germinal that Memphis is certainly East of both Hollywood and Eden, the latter of which is the first name of the film s producer Mesler s writing is sure footed and even throughout the novel and mesmerizing with inventive twists and credible turns in an imaginative storyline which Mesler plays against all the triangles of character like a chess master The mature writing is calm and simple and glorious with a narrative in which the dialogue limns for its reality and beauty and resonant qualities of readership One senses a quiet dignity and a subtle sense of beauty in the language by a writer who knows himself and his gifts implicitly The writing s simplicity and honesty and beauty beguile and entice and evoke an eagerness to see what comes next So one s interest is piqued, not because of conventions used to build suspense in lesser thrillers, but rather because the writing is exquisite and elegant so we care what happens next as the characters draw us into their lives by virtue of their foibles and their unique gifts Mesler leads us ably through the haunts of his native city of Memphis clearly, this is a town that Mesler knows inside out and worships and adores Like many great novels there exists a subtle Faustian tale resident in Memphis Movie and it is a novel which, as such, should also become a great movie In the end, life is really just a feature film with images, created on fickle, flickering, insubstantial light playing on thin, luminous film, in which we star, direct and shoot among a cast of thousands with a script of indefinite direction leading to joy and heartbreak and ultimately a bewildering ending Ah, but what a ride and what an ecstasy comes from this journey as the camera rolls to take in and capture lost time as unique human experience edited by the discretion of memory Well worth the price of admission, I genuinely loved this great American novel of the South and can t recommend enough that you lose yourself in the 3D cinema of Corey Mesler s brilliant Memphis Movie


  4. Paul Cook Paul Cook says:

    Corey Mesler s Memphis Movie begins with Eric Warberg, a once in demand director currently our of favor in Hollywood, arriving in his home town of Memphis to cobble a new film together Over the course of this adventure, the film moves absurdly with direct references to both Samuel Beckett and Albert Camus around the funky and often offbeat city of Memphis, propelled by a carnival of characters who either arrived with the film or were assimilated into it, usually by whims or other impulses fro Corey Mesler s Memphis Movie begins with Eric Warberg, a once in demand director currently our of favor in Hollywood, arriving in his home town of Memphis to cobble a new film together Over the course of this adventure, the film moves absurdly with direct references to both Samuel Beckett and Albert Camus around the funky and often offbeat city of Memphis, propelled by a carnival of characters who either arrived with the film or were assimilated into it, usually by whims or other impulses from cast and crew Or a local ghost or two And the unavoidable motive force of Eros itself After the passage of a certain amount of time, the movie had taken on a life of its own Mesler s prose shines, a quirky, distinctive voice that surprises and delights One never knows where a simile might come fromlines from Sandy s script dancing in his head like psychedelic mushrooms in an off Broadway Fantasia The sound was not unlike what a raven makes asking to be let in, scraping its beak upon your bust of Pallas Sue opened the door and looked back once, like Lot s wife Art and life interpenetrate promiscuously in this novel, as they do in other places But the coupling here is uncommonly compelling This is a book that, like its subject, starts with some basic elements in place, evolves along an often unsettling path, and winds up with Eric, our challenged former Memphian, in a place that made me recall the words of Camus in his essay The Myth of Sisyphus After considering what Sisyphus thinks in his endless labor of pushing the rock up the hill only to have it roll down again, Camus ends by saying The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man s heart One must imagine Sisyphus happy Why would I end my thoughts with this seemingly strange passage Just read the book


  5. Corey Corey says:

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  6. Bette Bette says:

    I was going to say, effervescent , kinda like El Leonard, fast, witty Woody Allen says that 50 percent of life is just showing up..the other 50 percent, someone had told Eric once, was having the right office supplies This was very early in the book and funny, like Corey is saying expect this , and he delivered Corey is homegrown where I live, but I neither patronize nor victimize him for it The reader can stop at effervescent, and have a great time It isshadowy noir, tho I was going to say, effervescent , kinda like El Leonard, fast, witty Woody Allen says that 50 percent of life is just showing up..the other 50 percent, someone had told Eric once, was having the right office supplies This was very early in the book and funny, like Corey is saying expect this , and he delivered Corey is homegrown where I live, but I neither patronize nor victimize him for it The reader can stop at effervescent, and have a great time It isshadowy noir, though, with death stayed and the shadows moved around like dust bunnies by buoyant witticism I was wowed , because within a few hours after the last word I had lost the meaning of the book, but I remembered details, like WTH man , in a nice way This story stayed with me all through the night, and I ve decided it was a really a lucid dream, and Eric was all of the parts, but one He was Camel and Dan and Sandy and Mimsy and Lorax and the others The clues are there, but maybe not so obvious e.g., the garden was a large clue the mentions yes plural of time were clues There are others,but I don t want to spoil it Besides, I may be completely wrong Either way, effervescent or deep, it is duplicitous ly fun and good You can have it either or both ways I will definitely put this with my annual re reads


  7. Richard J. Alley Richard J. Alley says:

    In Corey Mesler s tale of movie magic, he shows us how the sausage is made And in learning of the process, the ingredients, the myriad hands that touch it all, the end product is made that muchdelectable This is a story that is all at once funny and frustrating, mystical and real, sexy and sad If you love movies and or you love Memphis and it s clear that Corey is passionate for both , you will want to read this book.


  8. Amie Vanderford Amie Vanderford says:

    Beyond the familiar descriptions of the city, and the both sad and witty look into the grind of movie making, I recognized the soulful depths of Eric s struggle within the absurdity of life, the search for artistic inspiration and validation while wrestling with the ghosts of one s failure in his home town Beyond that I must let Corey s words speak eloquently for themselves I highly recommend


  9. Melissa Melissa says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was a great antidote to the other set in Memphis narratives my bookclub s read this year What a great story and really, what a great subtle ghost story.


  10. Marci Lambert Marci Lambert says:

    I so loved reading a novel set in Memphis with names and places that I actually know And this was a great peek into the movie making machine, and the life of a man trying to figure himself out Loved the scenes with Eric and his father I could have done without so much older man young under age sex scenes though I so loved reading a novel set in Memphis with names and places that I actually know And this was a great peek into the movie making machine, and the life of a man trying to figure himself out Loved the scenes with Eric and his father I could have done without so much older man young under age sex scenes though


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