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Would I be interested in meeting Alex Cox? The director Alex Cox, whose films influenced young me some decades ago?

Yes, I was asked this question by phone one Spring day a couple years ago by Tod Davies, whose enthusiasm drives Exterminating Angel Press, and who is married to Alex Cox. (Tod’s name means “death” in German; funny that she named her publishing company after the amazing Luis Buñuel film.)

So Tod informed me that she, her hubby and their beloved dog were driving up to Port Townsend WA from their Southern Oregon farm…. Alex seemed interested in acquiring some Feral House books, including The Assassinations, edited by Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease, the book of essays about recently released documents regarding the killings of JFK, RFK, MLK and Malcolm X.

It turned out that Alex also had a decades-long interest in these American political murders…  Little did I know at the time that he was finishing up a book that we would later publish as  The President and the Provocateur, a fascinating parallel history on JFK and Oswald that Feral House recently released.

To help promote his book, Alex released a couple great videos: Case Not Closed – The Umbrella Man and Case Not Closed – The Zapruder Film that raised the ire of filmmaker Errol Morris and essayist/journalist Ron Rosenbaum in a recent issue of Smithsonian magazine… More than anything, Rosenbaum was big on criticizing Alex Cox for his sloppy manner of dress in his video.

To which Alex Cox responded with a direct challenge to Morris and Rosenbaum in his piece Disheveled, Moi? I Challenge Errol Morris and the Smithsonian.

A couple of Alex’s films have been recently released in special editions by Criterion. You can view the special additions here of Repo Man and Walker.

If you’re in the LA area, it’s to your great luck that Alex Cox is appearing both tonight (Oct. 18) and tomorrow night (Oct. 19) in Los Angeles at the two essential bookstores, Book Soup and Skylight. Here is your chance to hear Mr. Cox discuss the Kennedy Assassination and perhaps anything else you’d like to ask him. How can you miss that?

 

BOOK SOUP 8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

FRIDAY OCTOBER 18TH AT 7PM

Alex will be doing a special reading and Q&A for all of your complex JFK questions.

You can view the event page HERE

 

SKYLIGHT BOOKS 1818 N. Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

SATURDAY OCTOBER 19TH AT 5PM

Alex will be presenting a unique AV slideshow in conjunction with his reading.

You can view the event page HERE