One of Thomson's five favorite books about film, as told to The Daily Beast:
The Deer ParkRead about the other entries on the list.
by Norman Mailer
I want books you would enjoy reading even if you knew next to nothing about the movies. In that spirit, I start with a novel—Norman Mailer’s The Deer Park (1955)—about an Air Force flier who goes to Hollywood. It’s a vivid description of the place, its talk and sex, and its compromises. Look for a director, Charles Eitel, a man of principle who will name names to keep working.
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