Boy with Loaded Gun: A Memoir by Lewis Nordan

By Lewis Nordan

Lewis Nordan is known for his exact imaginative and prescient of the Mississippi Delta. His characters, for whom the closest-though hopelessly inadequate-description could be "eccentrics," proportion the degree with swamp elves and midgets residing within the yard. His fiction is not like anyone else's and is as darkish, hilarious, and affecting as any ever written.

It's additionally writing that lays naked the anguish of early life and plows, because the Cleveland undeniable broker as soon as placed it, "the fields of difficult ask yourself that precede the tasks and disappointments of adulthood."

What bred and fed Nordan's mind's eye, his originality, his indefatigable humorousness? The solutions aren't seen. yet now that Lewis Nordan produces, directs, and stars in his personal tale, we simply could discover.

Nordan's mom used to be widowed while he used to be a toddler, and she or he went again to her domestic city to remarry and lift her purely son "Buddy." Itta Bena, Mississippi, was once a prototypical fifties Delta city, so drowsy that even ahead of puberty, Nordan had made his get away plans. What occurred subsequent used to be lovely typical-a stint within the military, university in Mississippi, very early marriage, younger fatherhood, alcoholism, infidelities, damaged hearts. yet in Nordan's palms, the common becomes the transcendent and, on the center of items, there's regularly the irrepressible laughter.

Horrible issues and horribly humorous issues occur in Boy with Loaded Gun, yet it's that middle that leads us via Lewis Nordan's darkish tunnel and again into the sunshine.

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Also a concert pianist, he appeared in a number of films, including An American in Paris with Gene Kelly. June asked Lucy a number of questions, many of which we all wanted answers to; for example, “Lucy, didn’t you ever go to a late-night party and then have to be on the set early the next day, possibly a little hungover? ” 28 MY HOLLYWOOD STORIES Being an actor, I immediately understood what she meant. When I was doing summer stock, I would get to the theater early, turn on all the stage lights, stand in the blinding shower of light, look into the darkness where the audience would soon be, and fill myself with that sense of play, the joy of acting and feeling and the excitement that went along with it.

He thinks that the audience only sees him speaking, without sound, but the reality is that they can hear all the terrible things he is saying to them, such as (I am paraphrasing), “Hi, you bunch of morons out there! You don’t have a brain in your head. ” When he realizes that everything he has been saying has been heard by his admiring 42 MY HOLLYWOOD STORIES audience, he is devastated by it. That reaction is what Kazan wanted on film, and to get it he used all of the personal information Andy Griffith had shared with him.

His reaction was interesting, because he immediately responded by giving me his profile rather than his full face. If he could have morphed himself into another face, he would have. I wondered about his reaction, since he could have been visiting anyone in the building, but I instantly realized that he was there to see Gloria, the hooker on the second floor; and sure enough he headed right for that stairway. It was interesting seeing him, because just a couple of months earlier he had taken over Jeff Hayden’s class, which I was attending at the time.

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