In the Beginning: Part 1 of the Tom Wolfe Movie Story
Some Tom Wolfe fans have asked me how I got involved with this project. The history of Tom Wolfe: Blood Lines, as always, meanders through layers of documented anecdotes and memory. These recollections are often the bedrock of good non-fiction.
So, in the tradition of Tom Wolfe, his new journalism and creative non-fiction, I will take a crack at telling this story without boring you to tears.
It began in 1974, when my mom, a Cuban exile, huffed and puffed a new baby boy into the Miami world of cocaine cowboys and riots….Wait that’s going back too far. Scratch it::::let’s leap forward in time, Vonnegut style, to a snoozing librarian in a cozy corner of the fourth floor at Smathers Library at the University of Florida circa 1992:::Yes, much more relevant. That appallingly lazy mediocre student was me, napping my way through a minimum wage work-study program, and fortunate enough to have been assigned the shelves in the dewey-decimal realm of film books.
Between shuteye and the occasional book placement, I’d curl up with with a dusty volume on film history.
- Oscar Corral, Director and Producer