When 1 entered the movie business a decade later, I had a front-row seat for a new cycle of Thompson films that induded The Kill-Off, After Dark, My Sweet, The Gripers, and The Getaway (again), which only seemed to emphasize the fissure between the writer's unique literary gifts and those filmmakers who would try to bottle it for a new and deridedly hip authence. Polito says Thompson's communism was generational, given that his literary education began in the 1920s at the left-leaning Prairie Schooner (at the University of NebraskaLincoln) and oilrninated with "the crudble that was the Federal Writers' Project" a decade later.\n My mom would make a huge pot of lima beans and everyone felt lucky to have food on the table [thanks to their WPA paychecks].
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