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Stone Reader

It looks like the work of Mark Moskowitz in Stone Reader is getting the obscure novel "The Stones of Summer" back in print.

This low-budget film which is lengthy turns out to be a surprising documentary that feels like a mystery.

It concerns Dow Mossman and his 1972 coming-of-age novel "The Stones of Summer."  This engrossing picture grows on Moskowitz's persistence to get to the bottom of what became of an author whose book proved too challenging for him to finish reading as a kid.

In some ways it's almost like a real-life version of Wonder Boys from the creators of tales that only had one high point in their literary careers.  The pleasures of Stone Reader include a lyrical feel to how rewarding reading can be, especially in a world together built on prefabricated imagination.

Moskowitz, known for his work in political campaign advertising, is able to move the viewer like the controversial Michael Moore did in Bowling for Columbine in the fascination in an ingratiating "where are they now" examination.  The life of a novelist can be an excruciating one in a special documentary that gives one a strong itch to seek out Mossman's "one-book wonder."

Stone Reader

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