Probably the biggest and most personal project I’ve been working on for the past year is my book on Elaine May’s 1976 film Mikey and Nicky. Part deep film dissection, part behind-the-scenes chronicle, part memoir, part neo-mythological exploration of friendship and deceit, the book has been an exorcism of sorts. Since I first saw the film (roughly 10 years ago), I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. it’s taken on this role in my life–something like a lens that I use to examine the relationships I’ve had with male friends over the years. The good ones and bad.
During my research for the book, I spoke with producer Michael Hausman, actress Joyce Van Patten, distributor Julian Schlossberg, and a couple others about the making of the film and its legacy. Hausman was wicked generous and provided me with loads of never before seen photos, as well as a copy of his script.
This was not the easiest film to write about. The film is dark (very funny at times, but dark) and I had to live in that dark space for a long time. It’s a relief to be near the finish line.
Currently the book is in the editing stage over at BearManor Media. Barring any issues, they’ll be publishing the book maybe at the end of this year, maybe early next year.