Review Essay: Auto/Ethnography and Tinsel Town: Nathaniel Kohn's Pursuing Hollywood and How it Relates to My Own Experiences Chasing the Dream of Creating Culture Through Cinema

  • Michael Hemmingson University of California
Keywords: auto/ethnography, cinema culture, desire, fame, Hollywood, interpretive interactionism


In Nathaniel KOHN's Pursuing Hollywood, auto/ethnography and interpretive interaction are discussed alongside postmodern sign theory and the machinations of making films in the Hollywood system. Interwoven into this review-essay of KOHN's book are auto/ethnographical elements of the reviewer's personal experiences making an independent film and doing business in what the reviewer refers to as "La La Land." While KOHN's book is meant to be an insider's gaze onto a world few know first-hand, the reviewer has had similar experiences and reads the book as an identifying text and a launch point for his own experiential accounts. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs080399


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Author Biography

Michael Hemmingson, University of California
Michael HEMMINGSON is an independent scholar and independent filmmaker who spends his time between the halls of the academy and the streets of Hollywood. His works in qualitative research include Auto/ethnographies: Sex, Death and Independent Filmmaking (Borgo Press, 2008) and Zona Norte: Sex Workers in Tijuana and San Diego Auto/ethnography of Desire and Addiction in Tijuana and San Diego (SDSU Press, 2009). His articles have been published or are forthcoming in Life Writing, Journal of Sex Research, American Notes and Queries, Critique, and Science Fiction Studies. His ethnography of sex workers in Los Angeles, The Anthropology of Pornography, will be published 2010 by State Univ. of New York Press in the Postmodern Culture Series.
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