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Another Look: Alfred Hayes’s My Face for the World to See

EVT 614
Oct 30
7:30 pm
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
Status: No Registration Required

The Another Look book club focuses on short classics that have been forgotten, neglected, or overlooked—or may simply not have received the attention they merit. The selected works are short, in order to encourage the involvement of Bay Area readers whose time may be limited. Subscription at anotherlook.stanford.edu is encouraged for regular updates and details on the selected books and events.

Alfred Hayes’s My Face for the World to See

Another Look opens its eighth season with Alfred Hayes’s My Face for the World to See, which was originally published in 1958 when he was forty-seven years old. His noir novella explores Hollywood in the 1950s as the narrator, a Hollywood screenwriter, rescues a young actress from suicide in the Pacific. The incident leads to an affair fueled by gin, cigarettes, and ultimately madness: “. . . there was just something invisible, I found, about everybody who lived in the town.” In the Los Angeles Review of Books, filmmaker Alex Harvey called it Hayes’s “most achieved portrait of male self-deception. . . .a sharp, forensic examination of power and money. . . .”

Following the discussion will be a question-and-answer session with the panelists.

Robert Pogue Harrison
Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, Stanford; Host of “Entitled Opinions” (KZSU Radio); Director, Another Look

Tobias Wolff
Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English, Emeritus, Stanford; Author; Founding Director, Another Look

David Thomson
Film Critic; Author

Terry Gamble
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