On Jul 7, 2008, at 5:52 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Hello All,
> I thought I would pass along the fact that tonight at 8 p.m. on Bravo
> (at least in Canada) there is a one hour documentary called CAPTURING
> COOPERMAN all about Howard Engel and his Benny Cooperman series. It
> apparently will focus on his return to crime writing following
> suffering a stroke.
> Could be quite interesting...
The backstory of Engel's last Cooperman, THE MEMORY BOOK, is even
better than the book itself, and possibly the best example of writerly
true grit I've heard in years. Forget boozing, cussing, climbing
mountains to shoot tigers or posing in a leather jacket with 43 guns
to prove how tough they are -- let's see these little boy poseurs try
and pull a Howard.
Not that the Cooperman books are truly hard-boiled, at least by the
sliding standards of this list -- (his character was played by Saul
Rubinek on TV, after all) but I've always felt there was an underlying
toughness to the character just dying to be really explored...
I'll have to keep an eye out for CAPTURING COOPERMAN on Bravo! down
here.... but in the meantime, bookedtv has a new interview with Engel
How was the show?
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