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Posted June 29, 2010
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Moderately successful Hollywood writer barrels through stop sign, killing wife and self
This book relates the crucial biographical information on Nathanael West (Weinstein) and Eileen McKenney (whose sister immortalized her in "My Sister Eileen"). I perservered in reading this, so it must have been vaguely interesting, but I was glad when it was over. I think it might have benefitted from one more pass through editing. West was a writer and a fairly unscrupulous character who dabbled in fraud - financial and otherwise, prostitution (as a regular customer) and other unsavory activities. When someone dies at 37 basically due to his own arrogance (He was a terrible driver and refused to take steps to improve or even admit his problem which led to his and Eileen's demise), what can be said? He made a good living as a screen writer and wrote some bizarre novels which most people didn't care to read. If you are also bizarre, perhaps you will want to check them out. Both West and McKinney were caught up in the Communist infatuations of the liberal-leaning film and artistic community of the late 30s.
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