a movie . . . and a book by Daniel Wagner

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“Life is a game: it's a movie and it's a book. It's not always easy, but there is always a way. You just have to look at it the right way.”

In this stunning debut, Daniel Wagner delivers a soulful examination of the forces that both drive us and oppose us. Jim Frazier is a writer with very little to show for it. He worries that the only way to achieve success is to lower the bar, sell out, and pander to commercialism. Meanwhile, somewhere far away, a woman named Liz and a man named Lou are stranded on a desert island. While they are faced with an obviously serious problem, the two have some more important issues to discuss. As these two seemingly separate stories converge, Wagner presents a meditation on the worlds we inhabit that will resonate long after the credits roll and the last page has been turned.

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About Daniel Wagner

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Daniel Wagner grew up in Moehlin, Switzerland, and is a twenty-nine-year-old builder, musician, and snowboarder. He lived in New York for part of his mid-twenties, and now he lives in Basel, Switzerland. A movie . . . and a book is his first novel.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 130 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Story one in this convoluted, philosophically dense novella concerns a hen-pecked struggling writer who wishes he could dispense with commercially necessary plot contrivances and just write about the mundane epiphanies of everyday existence.

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Entertainment Weekly

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb was so excited about staging a new production of Richard Wagner's monumental Ring cycle that he invited filmmaker Susan Froemke to document the process.

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Open Letters Monthly

To these fans, Judge Dredd is a big deal, ranked as one of the top all-time comic book characters, in the same league as Batman, Superman and Captain America.For most people, however, Judge Dredd refers only to the abysmal 1995 movie starring Sylvester Stallone, of which Dredd’s creator John Wagn...

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New York Magazine

The stakes could not be higher as one of the theater's finest stage directors teams up with one of the world's leading opera companies to tackle opera's most monumental challenge: a new production of Wagner's Ring cycle-the four-part, 16-hour work that the composer first presented in 1876.

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"All the good parts that were in the book were in the movie," commented Freshman Madalyn Bonds.

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