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Author Name    David S Hooker

Title   Somewhere Under the Moon: Dreaming the Great World in Beaumont, Texas (Signed)

Binding   TRADE PAPERBACK

Book Condition   New

Edition   First Edition

Publisher    Clockface Books 1900

ISBN Number    0999070002 / 9780999070000

Seller ID   9780999070000

Clockface Books, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. (Signed) Signed at Fleur Fine Books on Nivember 11, 2017 during a Meet & Greet Event. A personal memoir of seven decades of moviegoing and of how movies have shaped the life of one discerning moviegoer. Eclectic, quirky, eccentric, and sometimes frankly sentimental, this book explores how movies in a certain time and a certain place reached one receptive mind. David Hooker chronicles his journey from wonderstruck child to adolescent movie nerd to cognizant adulthood to bemused advanced age, ruminating upon such diverse subjects as the vampire film, roadshow spectacles, art films, Saturday matinees, and the sheer joy of moviegoing itself, along with forays into such related topics as the Shock Theatre rage of the late 'fifties, meetings with celebrities, drive-ins, the rise and fall of local movie theatres in his home town of Beaumont, Texas, music and opera, the seasons, the history of cinema, the aesthetics of refineries, the vicissitudes of moviemaking at the local level, the essence of John Wayne, the exhilaration of seeing classic films revived on the big screen, and the unappreciated glory of clocktowers. The author lays out just how movies have paved the way for his growing appreciation of Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, opera, and untold treasures of the arts and of the sheer joy of life. A first-person account of life in a small American city in the mid-twentieth century tempered and heightened by movies and late-night magic-lantern fantasies, Somewhere Under the Moon recounts the unfolding of the life of the imagination of a self-confessed unremarkable individual who drifted more or less by circumstances into an academic profession and found that position marvelously enriched by his early filmgoing memories which gave him an endless resource of life experience to share with a rising generation whose influences and stimuli are very different. More a collection of essays and vignettes than a continuous narrative, Somewhere Under the Moon is an accessible work, with the kind of surprising insights that inevitably emerge over the course of an introspective life. The author compares his early cinematic visions of life in "the Great World" with his experience of its unfolding in time, recounting his travels in Paris, Prague, and other European capitals. For David Hooker, each variety of experience enriches the other -- the voyage of the spectator in the movie theatre and the literal voyage of the older man on the plane and the train -- all of which is grist for the mill that he brings back to his students in Beaumont, Texas -- as legitimate a region of the Great World as any other.

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