This is an unbelievably beautiful and straightforward clip of James Ellroy talking about the realities of the book industry. It's in some dinky movie player format, unfortunately, but follow the link. It's brilliant, trust me.
5 hours ago
Let me give one more example of how the movie uses observation instead of wheezy cliches. When Q, the writer, is giving his speech, he pontificates about ``piloting the boat of inspiration to the shore of achievement.'' James utters a loud, high-pitched giggle.
In a lesser movie, James would have continued, making some kind of angry and rebellious statement. Not in ``Wonder Boys,'' where James thinks Q is ludicrous, laughs rudely once and then shuts up.