Saturday, June 02, 2018

Blind Item #2 - The Writer - A Birdie Blind Item

Which closeted, award-winning writer from a certain part of the country liked to have sex with little boys - including his own son - as well as livestock? Without more, it might be the million dollar question, but of course there's always more. You see, by the time the son came of age, his father was having something of a moment, not just in the literary world, but Hollywood. His most famous book had been optioned for a movie, which would star a now permanent A list actor known for picking the wrong roles. The theme of this movie? You can probably guess (although it doesn't involve minors, or farm animals).

As part of the movie deal, the writer demanded that his son be cast in one of the sensitive roles. The director balked, noting that he was too young for the part, at least, and so a compromise was made: he would play the stand in during rehearsals. At the time everyone thought it was a father just trying to help his son become an actor, but it was actually because he wanted to see him humiliated for the ages; even the rehearsals were supposed to be filmed. The father was notoriously difficult to work with, drunk and sexually harassing the movie's stars. He'd constantly make jokes about rape, child molestation, and bestiality. Eventually, after trying to assault one of the two leads, he was banned from the set, except to film his small part.

In later years, when he got letters from aspiring young writers (boys and young men, I mean), he didn't just write them back but called them - often the same day he got the letter. Invariably, and in between alcohol-fueled tirades about the "sin of homosexuality," he would ask them if they had ever been with a man, and then request or demand a naked picture of themselves.

As for the bestiality, that one work of his on the subject wasn't made up.

44 comments:

bonestructure said...

Did some searching. Malcolm Brenner is my guess.

DDonna Tarttty said...
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bonestructure said...

But I can’t find anything on him having a family. So probably not.

Nutty_Flavor said...
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Nutty_Flavor said...

Joe Eszterhaus wrote a screenplay about a US President who fucks a cow. It was written in the 1990s.

srproject said...

James Dickey?

CounterClockwise said...

Stephen King.

nonyabusiness said...

How are you going to talk about homosexuality being a sin when you're raping minors, into incest and having sex with farm animals? Makes zero sense. Sick fuck.

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srproject said...

Yup. Sounds like James Dickey, author of Deliverance (he played the small part of the sheriff in it.)
Also: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/70015/james-dickey

jessorella said...

Firstly, a big fat WTF. Secondly, what is a “birdie” blind item? First time I’ve seen that.

srproject said...

The writer of the web article describes exactly the same type of interaction mentioned in the blind.

Geeljire said...

Everyone should read "Hamlet's Father" by Orson Scott Card

Humor Me said...

James Dickey/ Christopher Dickey

www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1998/08/the-burden-of-james-dickey/377173/

srproject said...

He also wrote about bestiality in “The Sheep Child.”

Sara, Making It Work said...

Oh good, looks like it's been solved. I will withhold my guess. 😊

Mad Hominem said...

His most famous book had been optioned for a movie,

Deliverance.

...which would star a now permanent A list actor known for picking the wrong roles.

Burt Reynolds. It's safe to say that Boogie Nights and Deliverance are his two best films, and maybe his only GOOD films.

The theme of this movie? You can probably guess (although it doesn't involve minors, or farm animals).

The utter degradation of human beings in the absence of civilization. Squeal like a pig, boy!

The father was notoriously difficult to work with, drunk and sexually harassing the movie's stars.

I somehow doubt that a middle-aged slob like James Dickey was sexually harassing a young buck like Burt Reynolds, who would have punished him severely.

David Howes said...

The blind is written in the past tense.
So, if James Dickey, he's long dead.
Feel bad for the son. Which one?
...and I thought my father was a bad dad!

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HoneyRyder said...

Repulsive AF. Doesn’t appear this was even alluded to in Christopher Dickey’s memoir about his father “Summer of Deliverence”? If true, that’s horrific; hope he has found some peace and healing.

Dave said...

Never mind. My guess was wrong. James Dickey is the target. Christopher Dickey talks about being humiliated in the filming of Deliverance.

Nemo said...

"Everyone should read "Hamlet's Father" by Orson Scott Card"

Orson Scott Card has a lot of issues.

Elle B said...

Those who guessed James Dickey appear to be spot on. Found this blog post written by his son, Christopher Dickey in 2006. He vividly recalls filming on set and his role as stand in while filming. Reading about the events in his own words is extremely disturbing but doing so after having just read this blind is beyond horrific. My stomach is churning.

http://jamesdickey.blogspot.com/2006/12/on-set-of-deliverance.html

just sayin' said...

+1 Mad Hominem. I read "assault one of the two leads" as being a violent act rather than sexual, though.

plot said...

If this BI is true and it's about James, Christopher sure did manage to overcome this terrible childhood. He is based in Paris and has been the foreign editor for many impressive publications, as of now The Daily Beast. Christopher Dickey is a frequent commentator on many nightly news sources and highly awarded.

One doesn't often see the victim of alcoholic, much less abusive, attain that kind of stability and renown. Christopher Dickey is either an extraordinary person or this BI is partially invented. Wonder why anyone would want to slander either father or son? Hm. Which channels and media sources does Christopher frequent again?

James had another son but Chris is the one who was on the set of Deliverance.

DDonna Tarttty said...

Deleted my comment as well. Good work, people who are not me.

Kimberly Davis said...

This blind brings to mind the excellent & hysterical play by Edward Albee, "The Goat" which I saw on Bway w/ Sally Field. This is NOT to suggest Albee is the author in blind, he was OUT ! The plot is a upper middle class architect comes home to tell his wife he's fallen in love w/ a goat named Sylvia. So so good.

Nemo said...

@Kimberly,
I've never seen the show, but I've read "The Goat." I didn't love it.

Seems life is a racket. said...

Nunes

jenn said...

What about Hunter S Thompson ? He was a monster

Boo Hearne said...

James Dickey Story: 1983, NYC. My young daughter in a trilogy of plays off-broadway with three young actors who would become household names in a matter of a few years: John Goodman, Terry O'Neill, J. T. Walsh. She played Amy Wright's daughter in the play. Amy had just had a daughter with Geraldine Page's famous husband (Rip Torn). I was beside myself when he came backstage during a performance with the baby. I adored Ms. Page and didn't know what to say. He put me at ease by acting like we had gone to the same HS together. Really charming. During the run of the play a close friend asked me to join him at a nearby bar because he wanted me to meet his best friend from the South. Didn't tell me who he was. Rushed over during my daughter's play and met him. We HAD gone to HS in Atlanta, just different ones. He just introduced himself as Jim. Didn't have a clue who he was. When I said I had to rush back to the theater he asked me if I would like him to autograph one of his books. Uh, sure. Great. He pulled out a paperback copy of Deliverance and signed it with a sweet message. Got back to the theater and showed the book to John Goodman who stood there with his mouth open. "You just had drinks with James Dickey & you didn't know who he was?!! OMG!" I had no idea he was like I am reading. My friend called later that night to say Dickey had loved the fact I didn't know who he was. He said he could completely relax for a change. Wow! What a year.

plot said...

Now THAT'S a great reader story!

Thanks so much Boo.

hhstarr said...

+1000

rosie riveter said...

Wow. This is remarkably disturbing. Also,
Plot...I'll say this much for you: its actually endearing how you doubt the most severe of blinds- as if you've always lived in a world that the worst horrors have never and could never possibly happen. I mean it sincerely, you must live a very nice life.
I wish I didn't know the worst does happen.

plot said...

@rosiedearest

What am I doubting about the BI?

It seems somewhat far fetched, except for that which we can verify, but knowing people who have known the subject it wouldn't be totally out of character for him to abuse his son(s), or his daughter.

I'm not doubting just reserving judgement.

Even those living your worst experiences can't take their situation and interpret the entire world with it. Yeah, I can see why they do and sympathize, but it's a complex old world.

Krab said...

I knew Edward Albee and liked him a lot, but his plays? Not so much. They just never did much for me.

Nichole Lafayette said...

I’m going with John Grisham.

Nichole Lafayette said...

Nevermind. Going with Dickey.

Raspy said...

Lol all your stories sound the same. You need some variety to your lies.

Jennifer Low Rents said...

I find it so strange that considering men treasure their cocks so much, they'll risk it's health by sticking into anything, including animals, to get their rocks off.

Gylly said...

I believe if you can overcome such a difficult childhood by being a better parent then you won. And continue winning everyday. Achieving great things is a fantastic bonus.

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