More on HBO Directors

I'm reading and enjoying Steven Soderbergh's book, Getting Away With It, where he intermixes his self-hating journal entries and deeply interested conversations with Richard Lester, the director credited with "launching" the British New Wave. (He did The Beatles movies, The Three Musketeers, and other stuff. Fascinating, funny guy, though.)

Soderbergh tries on an authorial style, with David Foster Wallace-style, self-conscious footnotes [DFW-lite], but basically, he plays a very well-informed fan. But now that he's in production on the first episode of K Street (which airs Sunday on HBO, no pressure), these discussions with Lester about how they used to make TV shows and movies in the "old" days seem to be bearing fruit.

[The K Street site has an "online journal" totally spinning the party line, written, I think, by the Ari Fleischer character. It'd be interesting to see if they start leaking things as the show progresses.]

There are only three copies of the book on Amazon right now, and it's ranked 58,458th. Why not buy it? Turn the high-pressure hose of e-commerce that is readership on it, and see if we can break 5,000?

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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