Trevanian Books/Cybernotes Companion
Along with his novel, Trevanian has written a cybernotes companion to it, containing a wealth of additional background detail and commentaries on the life and times of the period as well as general asides on events today, and is providing it for free in this web site.
To download right now the cybernotes to Trevanian's latest novel The Crazyladies of Pearl Street click the icon above. Print them and keep them with your copy of the novel. (It is recommended to save this file(830k) directly to disk by right clicking on your mouse rather than using the Acrobat viewer to open the file while on-line.)
After his experiences of the Depression and the slums, these cybernotes also mark the gradual awakening in an intelligent and advanced young boy of the personal liberal conscience that so marked American politics in the first half of the 20th century, and which has now retreated in confusion and disfavor at the start of the 21st century.
'...when I re-read the book with the cybernotes in my hand, it was like having a second good book to read, so interesting did I find it. The history, the amplifications, the arguments, and the spicy non-PCism of the writer's comments blended with his essential compassion and his sense of fair play for the underdog.' (-Mary, New York)
Literature/general, internet resource paperback
read an excerpt taken from the 'notes about Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast...
'...Many years later, I was working with the director/producer of Ed Murrow's ground-breaking television interview program, Person to Person, and over dinner he mentioned that as a young production assistant he had worked on the famous Welles broadcast and had sat in on the ensuing press conference that Orson Welles had so deftly manipulated as to create 'history' out of whole cloth. I expressed my admiration of Welles' quick thinking, and he agreed, but he said that, in fact, Welles' reaction hadn't been totally off the cuff. During a break in the final rehearsal of the program, someone had suggested that some of the audience might mistake the show for a real news broadcast. Young Welles chuckled and said, "Good. We could use a little publicity!" (As indeed they could. Recall that Welles had recently taken the role of the Shadow…not a thing a successful actor/producer/director would do.)...Over the years, Mr Welles himself added to these mythogenic streams. When, in his later career, he was reduced to giving lectures and appearing on late night talk shows, doing hand magic and heavy-handed take-offs on himself, he often found an eager audience for his rambling tales of past glory...including the time he managed to frighten 'half the eastern seaboard'. To this day, there are historians of the media who believe that half of the eastern seaboard was running wildly around in an effort to escape while the other half was cowering in their basements, crazed with fear of green-eyed monsters. Barnum was wrong when he said 'there's one born every minute'. There are thousands.'
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