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Bruce Wagner continues his Hollywood topography in 'Maps to the Stars'
Bruce Wagner continues his Hollywood topography in 'Maps to the Stars'

He stands in black boots and black coat, phone at his ear, as if conspiring with a distant demon. He beckons in a rooftop cafe and hangs up. The Hollywood Hills, which he has known since childhood, rise tidy and neat; houses shine, pools glimmer. But to him, the world beyond the artifice of fame and wealth is depraved and neurotic, spooked by age and petulant with insecurity, narcissism and blind ambition. Ambulance-driver-turned-novelist Bruce Wagner, a man of tattooed fingers and wild prose, knows precisely where the hobgoblin of his creativity resides: "Failure and anguish," he says, an e-cigarette skimming his lips. "I feel those are truly golden doors through which...

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