Author and journalist Nancy Rommelmann says that Hollywood sends this message to people: "If you show up, I'm going to deliver your destiny. But you've got to stay, you've got to believe in me."
The death of the Hollywood dream runs through Rommelmann's new novel, The Bad Mother . The work follows teenagers living on the streets on and around Hollywood Blvd,, a place that combines a seedy reality with the enduring Tinseltown dream.
Rommelmann sat down with Senior Editor at Reason Tim Cavanaugh to discuss the book.
Topics include: Why city money can't save Hollywood; why readers mistake The Bad Mother for a work of non-fiction; and why Spiderman is really just a 60-year-old out-of-work actor.
Shot by Alex Manning, Zach Weissmueller and Hawk Jensen. Edited by Paul Detrick.
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