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LAist Interview: James Greer

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Music journalist James Greer has influenced a generation of music fans via his work in "Spin" magazine.

A novelist, musician, and screenwriter, James is the author of "Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock 'n' Roll."
His latest novel, "Artificial Light," covers the alternative rock scene of the 1990s, the mythos of Kurt Cobain, Orville Wright's legacy and Midwestern indie rock in a book-within-a-book structure.

James has two readings in L.A. this week: he will read his work in tandem with novelist Les Claypool at Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027 on Wednesday August 9th at 7:30 PM. The duo will also read at the Santa Monica Barnes & Noble at the Third St. Promenade on Thursday, Aug. 10th at 7:30 PM. Once he finishes his book tour he will return to screenwriting duties. Currently, he is writing a rock opera based on the life of Egyptian queen Cleopatra for director Steven Soderbergh.

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Age and Occupation:
36, writer

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
I live in the Fairfax District. I've lived here for about five years.

Why do you live in Los Angeles?

I moved here from Dayton, Ohio because it was time to leave, so I headed west and stopped when I got to the ocean. Which would logically put me in San Francisco, but if I was the sort of person who used logic I wouldn't have written an impenetrably dense novel that purports to contain the secret of life. Then I got tossed into the gently eddying vortex of the movie business. Most recently, I wrote a script about Cleopatra for Steven Soderbergh. He says that Catherine Zeta-Jones is going to play Cleo. I don't know if he's told her that yet.