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Author:
Theodore Roszak
ISBN13:
978-0553297928
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0553297929
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Publisher:
Bantam; Reprint edition (April 1, 1993)
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Genre Fiction
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Theodore Roszak was a professor of history at California State University–Hayward and the author of 18 books . He has twice been nominated for the National Book Award.

Theodore Roszak was a professor of history at California State University–Hayward and the author of 18 books, including the international bestseller The Making of a Counter Culture. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's. Roszak died in July 2011.

Flicker is a novel by Theodore Roszak published in 1991

Flicker is a novel by Theodore Roszak published in 1991. The novel covers approximately 15–20 years of the life of film scholar Jonathan Gates, whose academic investigations draw him into the shadowy world of esoteric conspiracy that underlies the work of fictional B-movie director Max Castle. Director Darren Aronofsky's name has long been associated with a possible film adaptation.

Theodore Roszak knows film and loves it - the technology, the history, the benchmarks. The mystery he devises is complex, believable, and eerie. Every time I see a film, I think for a moment about the implications of his book.

Simon is ready for us, the priest announced. By this time, Humper and the girls had left the pool and joined the rest of us waiting for the summons. By this time, Humper and the girls had left the pool and joined the rest of us waiting for the summons ong the girls, had finally done us all the favor of dressing, though only minimally: bikini panties under a torn T-shirt that bore the motto Kiss My Mucus, and below the words a crude drawing of someone doing just that. Once again, this drew a teasing nudge from Jeanette. And what is that she is wearing around her neck? she asked in a worried whisper. I couldn’t tell until.

Theodore Roszak was a professor of history at California State University-Hayward and the author of 18 books, including the international bestseller The Making of a Counter Culture.

Other Books by Theodore Roszak. The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition.

Theodore Roszak was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 15, 1933. in English history from Princeton University. He taught at Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, San Francisco State University, and California State University, Hayward. His other nonfiction works include Where the Wasteland Ends, Person/Planet, The Voice of the Earth, The Cult of Information, and Ecopsychology: Healing the Mind, Restoring the Earth. He also wrote several novels including Flicker, The Devil and Daniel Silverman, and Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, which won the Tiptree Award. He died of cancer on July 5, 2011 at the age of 77.

Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 13 years ago. FLICKER is a book that combines a love of film with a thrilling plot to unravel a global conspiracy. The book is told from the first person perspective of Jonathan Gates, a premier film critic and scholar. Early in his life as a connoisseur of film, Gates discovers a missing movie of the infamous and enigmatic Max Castle.

Theodore Roszak (November 15, 1933 – July 5, 2011) was an American academic who ended his career as Professor Emeritus of history at California State University, East Bay. He is best known for his 1969 text, The Making of a Counter Culture. Roszak received his . from UCLA and PhD in History from Princeton University. He taught at Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, and San Francisco State University before joining Cal State Hayward.

A novel of suspense involving tangled conspiracies and dark obsessions in the mysterious film industry from the author of the highly acclaimed The Making of a Counterculture. Reprint.
  • The cover of the paperback suggests this book is a kinky erotic thriller. It isn't. What it is, is an utterly unique and weirdly plausible metaphysical thriller about the movies. Theodore Roszak is a fine writer. He ought to be. Look him up in Wikipedia to know more. This is a compelling read, and it may haunt you a bit, but you won't regret it. It's also something of a roman a clef, particularly if you lived in Berkeley in the '60's and were a movie geek. I'll leave you to decode this clue.

  • Just finished re-reading this novel . . .GREAT as a study in dualism -- which I personally am trying to understand better. It reads as a good caper book too, with an end of the world villain/conspiracy/apocalyptic trajectory. Spoiler alert: the bad guys kinda win here, so be warned, this is a very depressing read. Our hero shows no heroism, and the one bright light -- the one voice which presents a healthy world view -- gets done in. If it's made into a movie I won't go see it. It'll be hard to make it as R-rated. I'd loved to know whether any of the Cathar historical references are accurate. It did get me watching some really great old movies for the first time. I'm grateful to Roszak and his book for shoring up a deeply held belief of mine: the real enemy is dualism.

  • At the heart of this novel is the quest for the holy grail of cinema: the capacity to work on the audience in a purely cinematic way, that has nothing to do with literature or photography (i.e. nothing to do with plot or mise en scene). How is this allegedly possible? First and foremost by making use of the capacity to manipulate sequences of images through editing. But at its most basic level it is just the condition of film: that movement is an illusion created by stringing images together, each of which is screened for a split second (1/24th). To render this illusion possible, there must be an imperceptible gap between each image: a flicker. What if there was a way of employing the flicker to "say" something? To speak to the audience without words or story or even images (which of course have something in common with photography)?

    But this "holy grail" of cinema is only the pretense for what is in part a great story about what it was like to live as a movie buff before video, when it was an exclusive almost underground enterprise to watch films that weren't mainstream or big budget. It conveys some of the enthusiasm for film during the sixties in America, when European films were just beginning to be seen on college campuses and arthouses, when the American underground and avant-garde cinema had its heyday. It is also a mystery novel and in the end a grand conspiracy novel almost worthy of Phillip K. Dick.

    The story drags a bit here and there -- not when they are talking cinema, but because the grand conspiracy takes too much exposition to set up and then finishes in a less than satisfying and perhaps too predictable way. Still, these are not really complaints. It is not a perfect novel, but I couldn't put it down for the three or four days worth of free time and late nights that it took to read it.

  • I've read this book five times and everytime I come away with a different interpretation--from a dark, compelling history of the secret origins of the cinema and the conspiracy behind them to a satire about a a deluded bunch of
    cult followers. No matter how many times I read it, it never fails to draw me in. On the dark side of the literary spectrum, it is my favorite book. And I can never head the song "Bye Bye Blackbird" without thinking about it secret origins buried in history. I too have loaned various copies never to see them again ( I don't loan my 1st edition hardcover). One I just gave as a gift to friend of mine who is both a clergyman and professor at a Lutheran university (and also a film buff) and he too fell in thrall to it after his initial reading. It's hard to put words to it but in this era of thrillers about ancient and medieval religion, this is a must-read.

  • I was hesitant about getting into this novel. I have several of Rosnak's nonfiction works, but from what I'd read about Flicker, it sounded pretty trivial. It's not. The book covers a lot of ground both about films & the film industry & about our culture in general. It's a good introduction to several different approaches to film criticism, & in that way has made films a lot more interesting to me. But aside from that, it's a good, fast moving drama with a lot of suspense & interest, but very little or none of the usual drivel: murders, romance, etc. (There are some sex scenes, but not like any others I've ever read! I don't want to spoil it by trying to explain.) It's just a good thought-provoker that left me with more understanding of what goes on in movies & some good chuckles about the incredible foolishness that people seem to waste their lives on. It seems to me that Rszak did a great job of putting some of his ideas about society & technology into an exciting thriller of a novel.

  • Really long winded. Once you get to the action it was not all that great. Plus I really didn't like the main character. He was so pompous.
    Read Experimental Film by Gemma Files or Night Film instead.

  • Scary possible truth behind movies purpose and the new world order.

  • As A Cineste, This Novel Really Bent My Brain. Highly Recommended For Those Who Know & Love Their Movies. A Classic.