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Stone Reader

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Stone Reader

Stone Reader

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
129 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/12/03
performer:
Mark Moskowitz, Dow Mossman
director:
Mark Moskowitz
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz, who earns a living making political commercials, turns his considerable skills of media persuasion to the nobler service of selling serious books. And with Stone Reader, he makes the sale. Specifically, the hard-driving and aggressively well-read Moskowitz conveys the power of ”The Stones of Summer,” an unsung 1972 novel that affected him profoundly and has long been exiled in out-of-print oblivion.

The search to find out what happened to its author, Dow Mossman — who never published another book — launches Moskowitz on a quixotic cross-country adventure, simultaneously self-regarding and indefatigable, talking to editors, agents, and other writers about the terrors and pleasures of reading and publishing. It’s ”Moskowitz’s March,” really — in the tradition of Ross McElwee’s wholly original 1986 pseudo-documentary ”Sherman’s March” — and it ends in stirring victory: When the humble, gently defeated-looking author is found and thanked, it’s hard not to weep in honor of one small battle won for the written word.