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Looking for the John

Looking for the John

Went to see novelist John Irving speak tonight at the LBJ Library here in Austin. Irving read the first chapter of his upcoming novel, but also entertained audiences with a timely anecdote about his trip to the Oscars five years ago.

He won for the adapted screenplay for Cider House Rules, but really that took a backseat to his desperate need to use the bathroom. It got so bad, Irving suggested, that he was hoping to win if only to get to a backstage bathroom as soon as possible. John Irving then proceeded to discuss how much he enjoyed working with Tod Williams on The Door in the Floor, but feels that Williams and actor Jeff Bridges were robbed of Oscar nods. It was a timely chat, for sure, and I wonder how much of it was made up on the spot for tonight… and how much of it is in his usual speaking-engagement arsenal.

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