Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Polly Frost's favorite 20th century funny novels

Polly Frost is the author of the humor book With One Eye Open. Her humor has been published in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Grin & Tonic, The Atlantic and Narrative.

For Flashlight Worthy, she named her favorite 20th century funny novels. One title on the list:
The Player
by Michael Tolkin

It's not as though the 20th century hasn't delivered tons of high-quality Hollywood satires, but Tolkin's comedy about the moviemaking world nails the high-concept world of the '80s once and for all. You don't have to be a movie buff to enjoy Tolkin's inside jokes: the Yuppie values he skewers in The Player extend beyond Hollywood meetings.
Read about the other books on Frost's list.

The Player is one of Joe Keenan's five sharpest satires on what some people do to make it in Hollywood.

--Marshal Zeringue