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    Journalism: My work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Globe & Mail (Canada), The Times- Picayune (New Orleans), The Oregonian, and Willamette Week, as well as in magazines including Details, Vogue, Publishers Weekly, and Portland Monthly.

    Publishing: Tight Shot, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Its sequel, Hot Shot, was roundly ignored by everyone, but was a far better book. I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

    Stage: I was a member of the Groundlings and Circle Repertory West in Los Angeles, and am a playwright (see "Stage" in the right-hand rail).


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March 03, 2008



"She is still a few credits short of a diploma"

I was thinking exactly the same thing.

Ranger Bob

"The shame is more complicated, but it has something to do with fact-checking in a world where The New York Times, the Oprah magazine, Kirkus, and a host of other media fall over themselves to praise a new fake memoir..."

What IS this?

Why all the JT Leroys, the James Freys, the Rigoberta Menchus?

Why is everyone so all-fired eager for gang-banger drug-addict holocaust-refugee-raised-by-wolves oppressed-campesino truck-stop-cowboy bio-porn?

Do marketing surveys really show that squalor is where the bucks are?

I guess I should just take a couple days off, come up with a dynamite dysfunctional persona, write up a quick autobiography, and wait for the mailman to come round with the royalty checks. Seems to be the new scam in town.

I'm thinking bestiality in the mix. Nobody's done that one yet.

Samuel John Klein

We note that Margaret Jones' MySpace page is set to private now.

However, we are still in her extended network. So, hey, bonus there!

Ranger Bob

Have you taken a look at the NYT comments page for this story lately?

A small but significant portion- maybe 10 or 15%- are saying, "What's the problem? It's a great story and it needs to be told."

Ummm... what part of, "It didn't happen" don't they understand? Jeezus!

And then there are a couple who write, "Shame on the sister for ratting Seltzer out." Yeah. Omerta, and all that.

Anyway, egg on Michiko Kakutani's face, too, but I evidence suggests she uses Teflon makeup, so no long-term harm there.


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  • Booklist:
    "A worthy successor to Tight Shot, Allman's insider view of the seamier side of Hollywood is not only hip and entertaining but also has something serious to say about our insatiable hunger for tabloid thrills."

    Washington Post:
    "Barbed, breezy and often pretty and entertaining. Allman can be very funny, and Hot Shot complements nicely the less forgiving takes on Los Angeles as the future of us all. "



    "Allman turns a very sardonic pen loose on Hollywood's glitz-and-glamour crowd in this entertaining first novel... An impressive debut and an almost sure thing for a sequel."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune:
    "Allman clearly knows those of whom he writes. He's got L.A. nailed."

    Publishers Weekly:
    "Snappy debut... Readers will look for a sequel."


    A French Quarter convenience-store clerk has a hilariously traumatic encounter with a pair of Shreveport tourists. Part of Native Tongues 3 (Le Chat Noir, New Orleans; 2001; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; 2006).
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    A recreation of an evening at the notorious New Orleans 1950s female-impersonator nightclub My-O-My (Le Chat Noir, New Orleans; 2005).
    A lonely man discovers purpose when he intercepts a televangelist's letters from his neighbor's mailbox. Part of the Dramarama New Plays Festival (Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; 2004).
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