August 27, 1989 |
Anger hangs like a pall over this brooding story of interracial murder in a small Southern town during the '50s. The coldly amoral Paris Trout feels no remorse when he inadvertently shoots a black teen-ager and wounds her guardian, but his trial releases tensions hidden within the social fabric of Cotton Point, Ga.
November 3, 2003 |
"I am the guy who breaks things," Pete Dexter says, looking up from under his eyebrows, a worried but amused expression on his wide-open face. "... for fun," he adds. This is exactly how Dexter, Mr. Noir (in both the literary and personal sense), writes his exquisite, painful novels.
January 1, 1995 |
Paris Trout, the violently bigoted Southerner who, in Pete Dexter's novel of the same name, stood monstrously for the darkest human and social instincts, has spawned several baleful fingerlings. There is, at the start of Dexter's new novel, "The Paperboy," Sheriff Thurmond Call of Moat County, Florida. He had, "even by the standards of Moat County, killed an inappropriate number of Negroes in the line of duty."
February 4, 2007 |
IN a farewell to readers in Philadelphia, where he had been a columnist at the Daily News for better than a dozen years, Pete Dexter wrote that he had come to the city empty but no longer was.
December 12, 2012 |
Among the biggest surprises in the Screen Actors Guild nominations Wednesday morning was Nicole Kidman's best supporting actress nod for the little-seen movie “The Paperboy.” In the film, set in late-1960s Florida, Kidman plays Charlotte Bless, a mess of short skirts, tight pants, tall hair and smudgy eyeliner, who becomes involved in a dangerous romantic entanglement with a man jailed for murder (John Cusack). Kidman has long been notable for her bold choices in roles. But her trashy turn in “The Paperboy” seems particularly at odds with her image both as a fashion icon and a dedicated wife and mother living a quiet life outside Nashville.
May 15, 1989 |
Local playwright Marlane Meyer, whose "The Geography of Luck" opens Tuesday at South Coast Repertory, has been awarded the PEN Center U.S.A. West 1989 Literary Award for drama for her play, "Kingfish," which premiered last fall at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Also receiving awards are writers Pete Dexter, Mae Briskin, Paul Monette, Ellen Howard, Virginia Euwer Wolff Naomi Foner, Shawn Hubler, Lennie LaGuire, Robert Duncan, William Everson and Lee Tae-bok. The 1Oth annual awards banquet will be held Saturday at the Biltmore Hotel.