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The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club: Arthur Phillips and "The Tragedy of Arthur"

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Arthur Philips, author of 'The Tragedy of Arthur'

The idea for the new novel "The Tragedy of Arthur" came to author Arthur Phillips when he was walking down the street and thought to himself: "I wonder if I could write a Shakespeare play." His book is in the form of a memoir that serves as the introduction to an undiscovered play by William Shakespeare.

Here, Phillips tells us about his favorite books and authors, favorite and least favorite words, some of his interesting writing habits and why Nabokov's novel "Pale Fire" is so important to him.

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Steven Rudin from Massapequa Park

I guess this has no connection with anything, but a few years ago I was an extra in a commercial, directed by Scorsese, for a product called Reserva. The commercial was made as a short film, the plot of which was that a script for a never produced Alfred Hitchcock film had been recently discovered, and Scorsese, who plays himself in the movie, had decided to make the intended film. At the end of the commercial there is a scene in which Scorsese is asked by his assistant if Hitchcock would have been pleased with the results. As Scorsese is answering the question the camera pans back to show birds ominously gathering on telephone lines, and trees, outside of the apartment window where they are having this conversation. I was part of an orchestra hired to play with prerecorded sound tracks from Hitchcock movies. The film is called "The Key to Reserva."

Sep. 06 2011 08:42 PM

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