I first read “Young Man With a Horn” when I was 10. I read it again at 12. At 14. At 22. Every few few years it still gives me a pleasurable evening. You don’t have to love jazz or the Jazz Age to adore this book, you just have to love a great story that gives you a movie you make as you read.
This week Jesse Kornbluth is revisiting some of the culture that influenced him as I wrote “Married Sex.” Perhaps the greatest was Somerset Maugham, who was, for a time, the world’s highest paid writer. There was a good reason: He wrote in the first person, like someone talking to a friend. In “Cakes and Ale,” Maugham not only does that, he doesn’t condemn a woman for liking sex. Three cheers for all of that.
It’s August, a month for barbeques and beaches. And here I am with a film about violence and revolution. Why? Because ISIS. Because Jeb Bush thinks we need to go back to Iraq and Trump wants to “take their oil.” And because, if you say you love film but haven’t seen this one, there’s no better time to watch one of the greatest films ever made. Hype? Watch it. You’ll see.