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    Amusements: Jamie S. Rich

    By Tim Leong

    LOVE THE WAY YOU AMUSE
    Jamie S. Rich has already published Cut My Hair and I Was Someone Dead through Oni Press. His next book, Love the Way You Love, features art from Marc Ellerby and hits stands this month. But before that happens, Jamie sits down with Comic Foundry to share his inspirations and amusements.

    RECENT MOVIES HE’S SEEN
    A lot of my watching as of late has been for reviews that I have done for both my column on the Oni Press website and DVDTalk.com. For my own personal viewing, however, I’ve been revisiting a lot of Orson Welles films. This was prompted by the release of the amazing “The Complete Mr. Arkadin” from Criterion. It has three versions of the same film, mapping the restoration journey towards trying to recreate the film Welles intended. Around it, I have watched “Citizen Kane” and “The Stranger.”

    Non-Welles, it has been “Caché,” an excellent thriller directed by Michael Haneke, and the Alain Resnais films “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and “Night and Fog.”

    MOVIES IN HIS QUEUE
    I don’t have Netflix or anything like that, but I have an extensive personal collection. Movies I am hoping to watch next include:
    “Dial M For Murder”
    “The Grifters”
    “House of Bamboo”
    “Murder, My Sweet”
    “Quai des Orfèvres”

    I am focusing almost primarily on crime pictures at the moment. I am working on the script for the book that Joëlle Jones and I will do after our October graphic novel, “12 Reasons Why I Love Her,” and it’s going to be our homage to film noir and hardboiled fiction.

    BOOKS HE’S READ
    I’m horrible about reading. I always intend to do more reading of prose books, but I fall down on the job. Like, I started Marquez’ “Love in the Time of the Cholera” but had to abandon it because it was requiring more attention than I could give it. Right now, I am focusing on short stories, things I can digest easier, so I have “Night & Fear,” a collection of Cornell Woolrich, on my nightstand–which also fulfills the crime criteria.
    The last books I finished:

    “Miss Misery” by Andy Greenwald
    “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kudnera
    “Bonjour Tristesse” by Francois Sagan

    SONGS ON HIS PLAYLIST
    “Johnny Boy Theme” - Johnny Boy
    “I Wonder Why My Favorite Boy Leaves Me In the Rain” - The Marshmallow Kisses
    “The Reputation of Ross Francis” - My Latest Novel
    “You Are What You Love” - Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
    “You Have Killed Me” - Morrissey

    WEB SITES
    Foxymoron
    Go Fug Yourself
    The Hunger Site and its various satellites
    The Oni Press community board
    Daily dose of Snoopy

    For more information on Jamie, check out his Web site

    Posted by Tim Leong on June 5th, 2006 filed in Story Archive |

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