Cool Million

T hat's why Cool Million is ambitious, too. It won't just teach you how to write a screenplay; it will teach you how to write a screenplay that movie audiences and Hollywood will both love. The book is specifically designed to give you ...

Author: Sheldon Woodbury

Publisher: M. Evans

ISBN: 9781461733812

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

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With in-depth interviews and revealing insights from those who have done it, this unique behind the scene information is comprehensive in its scope inspiring readers with advice, secrets and war stories from famous screenwriters.

A Cool Million

My father left me a cool million, so I don't feel the need of working.” “A cool million!” ejaculated Lem. “Why, that's ten times a hundred thousand dollars.” “Just so,” said Mr. Mape, smiling at the lad's enthusiasm.

Author: Nathanael West

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783753453774

Category: Fiction

Page: 138

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A Cool Million presents the dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin, piece by piece. As a satire of the Horatio Alger myth of success, the novel is evocative of Voltaire's Candide, which satirized the philosophical optimism of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Alexander Pope. Pitkin is a typical Schlemiel, stumbling from one situation to the next; he gets robbed, cheated, unjustly arrested, frequently beaten and exploited.

A Cool Million The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin

My father left me a cool million, so I don't feel the need of working.” “A cool million!” ejaculated Lem. “Why, that's ten times a hundred thousand dollars.” “Just so,” said Mr. Mape, smiling at the lad's enthusiasm.

Author: Nathanael West

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4064066358921

Category: Fiction

Page: 81

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"A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin" by Nathanael West. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Freaks in Late Modernist American Culture

The kitsch spectacle ( with its homoerotic overtones ) is the dominant mode of discourse in the fascistic capitalist world of A Cool Million , West's least “ difficult ” work.24 West , however , resumes experimenting with a more complex ...

Author: Nancy Bombaci

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820478326

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 175

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Freaks in Late Modernist American Culture explores the emergence of what Nancy Bombaci terms «late modernist freakish aesthetics» - a creative fusion of «high» and «low» themes and forms in relation to distorted bodies. Literary and cinematic texts about «freaks» by Nathanael West, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, and Carson McCullers subvert and reinvent modern progress narratives in order to challenge high modernist literary and social ideologies. These works are marked by an acceptance of the disteleology, anarchy, and degeneration that racist discourses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries associated with racial and ethnic outsiders, particularly Jews. In a period of American culture beset with increasing pressures for social and political conformity and with the threat of fascism from Europe, these late modernist narratives about «freaks» defy oppressive norms and values as they search for an anarchic and transformational creativity.

American Superrealism

A Cool Million: Starring Bob Hope In 1934, the Joyce-Selznick Agency sold the film rights to A Cool Million to Columbia Studios. It is doubtful that Harry Cohn, Columbia's notoriously irascible president, bothered to read the book that ...

Author: Jonathan Veitch

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299157036

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Nathanael West has been hailed as “an apocalyptic writer,” “a writer on the left,” and “a precursor to postmodernism.” But until now no critic has succeeded in fully engaging West’s distinctive method of negation. In American Superrealism, Jonathan Veitch examines West’s letters, short stories, screenplays and novels—some of which are discussed here for the first time—as well as West’s collaboration with William Carlos Williams during their tenure as the editors of Contact. Locating West in a lively, American avant-garde tradition that stretches from Marcel Duchamp to Andy Warhol, Veitch explores the possibilities and limitations of dada and surrealism—the use of readymades, scatalogical humor, human machines, “exquisite corpses”—as modes of social criticism. American Superrealism offers what is surely the definitive study of West, as well as a provocative analysis that reveals the issue of representation as the central concern of Depression-era America.

A Cool Million

Nathanael West was only thirty-seven when he died in 1940, but his depictions of the sometimes comic, sometimes horrifying aspects of the American scene rival those of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor.

Author: Nathanael West

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1500389757

Category: Fiction

Page: 116

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Nathanael West was only thirty-seven when he died in 1940, but his depictions of the sometimes comic, sometimes horrifying aspects of the American scene rival those of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. 'A Cool Million', written in 1934, is a satiric Horatio Alger story set in the midst of the Depression. Check out our other books at

An Anatomy of Humor

9 A Cool Million A Cool Million , by Nathanael West , is an exasperating novel . It deals with an issue that is central to the American consciousness - the selfmade man - but it does so in such a zany manner that it is hard to take the ...

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351531979

Category: Psychology

Page: 211

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Humor permeates every aspect of society and has done so for thousands of years. People experience it daily through television, newspapers, literature, and contact with others. Rarely do social researchers analyze humor or try to determine what makes it such a dominating force in our lives. The types of jokes a person enjoys contribute significantly to the definition of that person as well as to the character of a given society. Arthur Asa Berger explores these and other related topics in An Anatomy of Humor. He shows how humor can range from the simple pun to complex plots in Elizabethan plays.Berger examines a number of topics ethnicity, race, gender, politics each with its own comic dimension. Laughter is beneficial to both our physical and mental health, according to Berger. He discerns a multiplicity of ironies that are intrinsic to the analysis of humor. He discovers as much complexity and ambiguity in a cartoon, such as Mickey Mouse, as he finds in an important piece of literature, such as Huckleberry Finn. An Anatomy of Humor is an intriguing and enjoyable read for people interested in humor and the impact of popular and mass culture on society. It will also be of interest to professionals in communication and psychologists concerned with the creative process.

Swift Gulliver s Travels

John Barth's The Sot - Weed Factor and William Golding's Rites of Passage are examples of the latter group ; the former include Thomas Mann's The Confessions of Felix Krull , Confidence Man and Nathanael West's A Cool Million , or , The ...

Author: Howard Erskine-Hill

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521338425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 110

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Providing a original impartial account of the world-famous satire, this new critical introduction to Gulliver's Travels presents Swift's work in its historical and literary context, and explores its allusions, four-part structure, narrative strategy and prose style.

Framing the Margins

It is A Cool Million ( 1934 ) , however , that most clearly and yet most paradoxically depicts the subversive potential of waywardness even when it is manifested by only a single individual rather than a dissident collectivity .

Author: Phillip Brian Harper

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195359596

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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This dramatic rereading of postmodernism seeks to broaden current theoretical conceptions of the movement as both a social-philosophical condition and a literary and cultural phenomenon. Phil Harper contends that the fragmentation considered to be characteristic of the postmodern age can in fact be traced to the status of marginalized groups in the United States since long before the contemporary era. This status is reflected in the work of American writers from the thirties through the fifties whom Harper addresses in this study, including Nathanael West, Anaïs Nin, Djuna Barnes, Ralph Ellison, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Treating groups that are disadvantaged or disempowered whether by circumstance of gender, race, or sexual orientation, the writers profiled here occupy the cusp between the modern and the postmodern; between the recognizably modernist aesthetic of alienation and the fragmented, disordered sensibility of postmodernism. Proceeding through close readings of these literary texts in relation to various mass-cultural productions, Harper examines the social placement of the texts in the scope of literary history while analyzing more minutely the interior effects of marginalization implied by the fictional characters enacting these narratives. In particular, he demonstrates how these works represent the experience of social marginality as highly fractured and fracturing, and indicates how such experience is implicated in the phenomenon of postmodernist fragmentation. Harper thus accomplishes the vital task of recentering cultural focus on issues and groups that are decentered by very definition, and thereby specifies the sociopolitical significance of postmodernism in a way that has not yet been done.

The Cool Million

This is a brilliant, burning-cool satire on the decline of Western culture.

Author: Erich Wolfgang Skwara

Publisher: Ariadne Press (CA)

ISBN: UCAL:B3634782

Category: Fiction

Page: 166

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This is a brilliant, burning-cool satire on the decline of Western culture. The action takes place largely in a university setting, and the antihero is a professor who knows the academic system only too well. But we are not dealing here with an academic novel in any traditional sense. Rather, the campus and the business orientation of the administration -- even its soi-disant scholarship -- comprise a devastating model of where our culture is headed, in fact of where it already may be.

A Cool Million and The Dream Life of Balso Snell

Two historical works feature the author's comic and horrific depictions of early twentieth-century America, including the satirical Depression-era A Cool Million and metaphorical fantasy The Dream Life of Balso Snell.

Author: Nathanael West

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374530270

Category: Fiction

Page: 179

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Two historical works feature the author's comic and horrific depictions of early twentieth-century America, including the satirical Depression-era A Cool Million and metaphorical fantasy The Dream Life of Balso Snell. By the author of The Day of the Locust. Original.

Members of the Tribe

which she writes , “ A Cool Million , which critics usually dismiss as a tasteless and inaccurate satire on the rise of American fascism , can then ... be read profitably as a satire on the commodification of American culture ...

Author: Rachel Rubinstein

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814334342

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

View: 978


A history of representations of American Indians in Jewish literature and popular media.

The Freak garde

Published only one year before the American Writers' Congress of 1935, A Cool Million enters into this emergent conversation. In the story of Lemuel Pitkin's disfiguration by liberal capitalism, West's novel performs the same critique ...

Author: Robin Blyn

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816685899

Category: Art

Page: 328

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Since the 1890s, American artists have employed the arts of the freak show to envision radically different ways of being. The result is a rich avant-garde tradition that critiques and challenges capitalism from within. The Freak-garde traces the arts of the freak show from P. T. Barnum to Matthew Barney and demonstrates how a form of mass culture entertainment became the basis for a distinctly American avant-garde tradition. Exploring a wide range of writers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists who have appropriated the arts of the freak show, Robin Blyn exposes the disturbing power of human curiosities and the desires they unleash. Through a series of incisive and often startling readings, Blyn reveals how such figures as Mark Twain, Djuna Barnes, Tod Browning, Lon Chaney, Nathanael West, and Diane Arbus use these desires to propose alternatives to the autonomous and repressed subject of liberal capitalism. Blyn explains how, rather than grounding revolutionary subjectivities in imaginary realms innocent of capitalism, freak-garde works manufacture new subjectivities by exploiting potentials inherent to capitalism. Defying conventional wisdom, The Freak-garde ultimately argues that postmodernism is not the death of the avant-garde but the inheritor of a vital and generative legacy. In doing so, the book establishes innovative approaches to American avant-garde practices and embodiment and lays the foundation for a more nuanced understanding of the disruptive potential of art under capitalism.

Sexual Blackmail

In the United States , Nathanael West's A Cool Million ( 1934 ) , a Candide - like account of the Depression years in which a brothel provides the hero and a young woman for the pleasures of a lisping , perverted maharajah , also echoed ...

Author: Professor of History Angus McLaren

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 067400924X

Category: History

Page: 332

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Charts the rise and fall of sexual taboos from the Victorian era to the first half of the twentieth century, noting how the labeling and outlawing of various sexual acts resulted in a rise in extortion, sensationalized court cases, and muckraking. (Social Science)

Eye for an Eye

When we say that something will cost you a cool million , we know that “ million ” means a million dollars . And I suspect they knew that the bare number 1200 meant 1200 shillings , but then what do we make of this text contemporaneous ...

Author: William Ian Miller

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113944882X

Category: Law


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This book is a historical and philosophical meditation on paying back and buying back, that is, it is about retaliation and redemption. It takes the law of the talion - eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth - seriously. In its biblical formulation that law states the value of my eye in terms of your eye, the value of your teeth in terms of my teeth. Eyes and teeth become units of valuation. But the talion doesn't stop there. It seems to demand that eyes, teeth, and lives are also to provide the means of payment. Bodies and body parts, it seems, have a just claim to being not just money, but the first and precisest of money substances. In its highly original way, the book offers a theory of justice, not an airy theory though. It is about getting even in a toughminded, unsentimental, but respectful way. And finds that much of what we take to be justice, honor, and respect for persons requires, at its core, measuring and measuring up.

The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English A I

473 coolaboola | cooler 1993 1997 • I learned the new hipster vocabulary ; " pot " for weed , " twisted " for busted ... 54 , 1976 • Ingram played by George Clooney in Ocean's 11 - type conman mode , liberating a cool million from the ...

Author: Eric Partridge

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415259371

Category: Americanisms

Page: 2189

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Larry Cohen The Stuff of Gods and Monsters

I've never heard of it. That has nothing to do with me. Never even heard of it. How strange. I do know that you were heavily involved with the series Cool Million which went into production that same year. Yeah, I created Cool Million.

Author: Michael Doyle

Publisher: BearManor Media


Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Best Film Book - The Phantom's Annual "B"wards 2017 Larry Cohen: The Stuff of Gods and Monsters traces the extraordinary career of the legendary writer/producer/director responsible for such cult and classic films as Black Caesar, It's Alive, God Told Me To, The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, Q - The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, Maniac Cop, and Phone Booth. Creator of some of the most diverse and thematically rich genre films that have been made in American independent cinema, Cohen's oeuvre has embraced horror, science fiction, thrillers, Westerns, comedies, the biographical film, and blaxploitation gangster movies. At turns provocative, disturbing, and humorous, his distinctly personal works in film, television, and theater are distinguished by their ferocious intelligence, biting satire, and powerful emotionalism. Over the course of 28 chapters, this in-depth career-length interview is an entertaining, enlightening, and gripping account of the singular career of a true American original. "For those of us who love the works of Larry Cohen, this is the most revealing and informative material ever published about him. And if by some chance you don't know about Larry's remarkable career, take this opportunity to learn how one maverick writer/director/producer has been able to survive and flourish in the ever changing madhouse of show biz." -- Joe Dante, director of The Howling, Gremlins and The 'Burbs "Basically a 600-page Q&A followed by extensive notes and appendices, Larry Cohen delivers the longtime maverick moviemaker’s story straight from the auteur’s mouth. Following a recounting of Cohen’s youth, early success as an episodic TV writer, and subsequent work as a big screen scenarist, Cohen and Doyle explore the writer/director’s prolific output film by film, from his provocative 1970 racial fable, Bone, and subsequent Blaxploitation fare (Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem), through such subversive scare classics as the It’s Alive trilogy, Q:The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, and the Maniac Cop series, up to his 2005 Masters of Horror episode, “Pick Me Up.” Having interviewed the auteur during his Phone Booth and Cellular thriller resurgence (VS #48), we can attest to the filmmaker’s storytelling skills, on more than ample display in this massive volume. Cohen-heads will not want to miss." -- Videoscope

Short Lived Television Series 1948 1978

“I think maybe people were bored with the idea of a guy making $¡ million a case,” he said. “I don't think anyone believed it.” Yet one could argue another reason. Cool Million came on last as part of The NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie, ...

Author: Wesley Hyatt

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476605159

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Do you remember the 1959 game show where ABC cancelled a tape featuring a female impersonator (Across the Board)? Ever heard of Snip, the 1976 sitcom starring David Brenner that NBC canned just before it debuted? Almost everyone who has worked on a successful television series has also been on one that flopped. Even during the first thirty years of broadcasting, when NBC, CBS, and ABC were the only networks and not quite so quick to cancel unsuccessful programs, hundreds of shows lasted less than one year. This work tells the stories of those ill-fated series that were cancelled within one year after their premieres. The entries are arranged chronologically from the 1948-1949 through the 1977-1978 seasons, and provide brief descriptions of the shows along with such facts as the type of program each series was; its times, dates, and network; its competition on other networks; and the names of the cast, producer, director and writer. The book also includes information from more than 100 interviews with actors, writers, directors, and producers who worked on the short-lived television series.

Literature and the Grotesque

David D. Galloway tracks down Surrealistic precepts and configurations at play particularly in West's lesser achievements : " A Picaresque Apprenticeship : Nathanael West's The Dream Life of Balso Snell and A Cool Million , " Nathanael ...

Author: Michael J. Meyer

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9051837933

Category: Social Science

Page: 195

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Mindful of Words

The adjective form of coolness, cool, has evolved with numerous meanings. ... as “He was pretty cool to my idea of turning in my project late.” It was applied to money in the sense of a lot, “a cool million,” during the 1700s.

Author: Kathy Ganske

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781593858223

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 338

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Presents games and sorting activities that teachers can use to help students learn vocabulary, spelling, vowel patterns, compound words, and syllable structure.