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Ben Fountain

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Business

How Will Evans Became an Accidental (and Wildly Successful) Entrepreneur

As he builds his independent publishing house and bookstore Deep Vellum, Will Evans is sparking a literary movement in Dallas.
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Books

Some Historical Context on Ben Fountain’s Disinvitation From the DMA’s Arts & Letters Live

Sean Mitchell says it feels a bit like the 1950s around here?
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Books

Ben Fountain Disinvited to Participate in DMA’s Arts & Letter Live

The author is apparently too "divisive" for this year's program.
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Dallas Writers All the Rage Overseas

Ben Fountain and Merritt Tierce are showing them just how world-class Dallas is.
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Arts & Entertainment

Here’s What Ben Fountain Thought of the Movie Version of His Book

He got to see Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk at an early screening.
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Politics & Government

You Should Read Ben Fountain in The Guardian

Well, unless you support Trump. In which case, this will just make you angrier.
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Local News

Here’s What Ben Fountain Thinks of the Trailer for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

We talked yesterday about the trailer for BLLHW. For my money, it doesn't look like the book I read and loved. As someone pointed out to me, though, Ang Lee didn't cut that trailer. The studio is probably trying to pull in the Heartland, all the folks who went to see American Sniper. Let's hope the movie itself hews closer to the book, with its subversive humor. In any case, I asked Ben Fountain what he thought of the trailer. Says Ben:
I think the emotional impact is considerable -- it hits you (or at least me) hard in the gut. That rendering of Bowie's "Heroes" is stunning. The trailer does a good job of snapshotting the whole movie; a lot of info gets conveyed in a short amount of time. Vin Diesel seems to be channeling himself to excellent effect.
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Media

Ben Fountain on American Exceptionalism and Baseball in The Guardian

Dallas novelist Ben Fountain is writing a series of essays for The Guardian. His latest, published Saturday, is about baseball and Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. And some other stuff. You should read it.
Local News

Ben Fountain Isn’t Impressed With the American Electorate

The author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (and sometime D Magazine contributor) has begun a series of essays in the Guardian about the 2016 election. Here's the first installment. Spoiler alert: Ben is not filled with optimism.
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Arts & Entertainment

Steve Martin Cast in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Deadline is reporting that one of my personal heroes — seriously, if you've not read his memoir, Born Standing Up, you're missing out — actor/comedian/banjo player/novelist Steve Martin has been cast in director Ang Lee's film adaptation of Dallas author Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (one of the greatest novels of the 21st century.) Unknown Joe Alwyn has already been cast as Iraq War soldier Billy Lynn. Thinking over the potential suitable parts for him in the book, Martin has got to be playing the owner of the Dallas Cowboys — the fictionalized Jerry Jones — right?  I suppose he could be the agent who's trying to sell Lynn's Army squad's story to Hollywood, but I like that first possibility way more. Deadline also says Garrett Hedlund is also in line for a role. Shooting is to begin in April. In Atlanta, Since Texas Stadium, where 90 percent or more of the story takes place, doesn't exist here anymore, I guess that's understandable. Even if Billy Lynn is maybe the best Dallas novel ever.
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