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Interesting article in today's New York Times:

June 1, 2009
Screenwriter of Complex Ideas Experiments With Kindle

It's not easy to follow the bouncing keyboard of John August, the Web-savvy Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include "Big Fish" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Two years ago, Mr. August challenged convention by writing and directing "The Nines." It was a convoluted experience in which the filmmaker, using his own house as a principal location, explored the life of a writer, based on himself, who both manipulated and was confronted by characters of his own creation.

Things have not gotten simpler.

Last month, Mr. August decided to try his luck with Amazon's Kindle. For his debut, Mr. August chose a short story called "The Variant." Without giving too much away, it is a spy yarn about a man whose cover is blown by an encounter with an alternate version of himself.

to read the whole thing:

Here's a link to the story. It's just 99 cents and getting lots of good reviews on Amazon. If he has sold enough to buy four Kindles (as it says in the story) that means he has sold 4102 copies of the story.


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I sampled this the other day on a whim and loved what I read. I immediately 1-clicked after the sample concluded.

I usually don't bother with short stories because you can get full-length novels these days for free, 1 cent, 80 cents, 99 cents, etc. - but this one is worth it.
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