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cover: Stone Reader (2d)

Stone Reader (2d)

Director(s): Mark Moskowitz

Theatrical Release: 2002

Cast: Dow Mossman, Carlo Brandt, Frank Conroy, Leslie Fiedler

Genre(s): Documentary, biography, literature, Pittsburgh

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 145m.

In 1972, 18-year old Mark Moskowitz read a positive review in the New York Times Book Review that inspired him to get a copy of Dow Mossman's novel, The Stones of Summer. An avid reader, Moskowitz found himself unable to get through the book, and set it aside after twenty pages. Twenty-five years later, he finally picked it up again, this time reading it all the way through. Moskowitz was thrilled with the book, and immediately began looking for the author's other works. There weren't any. At this point, Moskowitz, who earns his living making political advertisements, began making a documentary, The Stone Reader, which depicts his search for Mossman. He tracks down the writer of the original Times review, along with teachers, editors, agents, and other authors whom he thinks might have known Mossman, or might have some insight into what happened to the author. He talks to critic Leslie Fiedler and author Frank Conroy, the head of the Iowa Writers Workshop, among others. Moskowitz tries to understand how it's possible for an author to write one outstanding book as a young man, and then seemingly disappear. He also explores his own rewarding lifelong relationship with literature. Josh Ralske (allmovie.com)
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