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Essay on Death by Hollywood by Steven Bochco Student Eric Kasum Advisor Rachel Pollack Goddard College February 21 2004 - WinterSpring Death by Hollywood a novel by Steven Bochco is a study in the use of irony Unfortunately the legendary creator of cop shows like Hill Street Blues and LA Law probably shouldnt have tried to write a novel Death is a strange book to read with almost no literary devices virtually no visual or sensual description It reads like a pitch meeting in the office of a producer that was simply transcribed One assumes the camera will show it all later But in one way Death by Hollywood is extraordinary Its use of irony With Bochco theres always a lot of goodbad happening simultaneously Its a rich experience You get a tingle of excitement a sense of secretly enjoying something forbidden like eating a whole pint of Ben Jerrys Chocolate Fudge Brownie all by yourself then stuffing the container into the bottom of the trash can and washing the spoon off so no one will ever know The story is Hitchcocks Rear Window with a twist The narrator of the story is Eddie Jelko a Hollywood agent but the voice is all Bochco raunchy cynical clever blunt outrageous insightful Jelko tells us about Bobby Newman one of his screenwriter clients whos fingers are spending more time wrapped around a bottle than tapping on a keyboard these days by the way the whole book is written in present tense which is important to note Bored sloshed spying on his neighbors through a telescope Bobby sees the wife of a Hollywood billionaire having wild animal sex with her Latin lover They quarrel she smacks him on the head with a golden acting statue and Bingo Bobby has the plot for the screenplay thats going to save his career Does he call 911 Of course not Bobby puts on rubber gloves rushes to the
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