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ALEX COX presents THE PRESIDENT AND THE PROVOCATEUR

The President and the Provocateur: The Parallel Lives of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald (Feral House)

One of Skylight Books' favorite directors/authors join us to read from his newest book on the Kennedy Assassination and, as a special treat, will be presenting a unique AV slide show in conjunction with his reading.

President John F. Kennedy was said to have been murdered by a lone crazed gunman in a Dallas motorcade a half-century ago. The accused killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, was also murdered under mysterious circumstances just a couple days later. Filmmaker Alex Cox ("Repo Man" and "Sid & Nancy"), like most of the American and British public, does not buy into the moth-eaten establishment tale about the regicide. The Kennedy assassination saga has Alex Cox for most of his life and The President and The Provocateur is Cox's informed meditation on the conspiratorial tale, and as such is an imaginative rendering of the parallel structures of the lives of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. The President and the Provocateur is not the usual conspiracy volume, and is structured almost like the film "Rashomon," including varying views of the story with different fonts and sizes.

Praise for The President and the Provocateur:

"Anyone who has seen one of Cox's films knows he is a great story teller, and this book is no exception. He lays out the history of events leading up to and after the assassinations of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald in a clear and easy to understand manner. He not only does a remarkable job of bringing the charged political atmosphere of the late 1950s and early 1960s to life on the page, but does his best to be as objective as possible." - Richard B. Marcus, "Seattle PI"

Alex Cox is a British author, actor and director who was written over 40 original screen plays. He is most notably the author and director of the films Sid and Nancy and the recently Criterion released cult classic Repo Man. The Kennedy assassination has obsessed the film maker for most of his life. Alex currently teaches film at the Colorado University Boulder. 

Event date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
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