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All Around Atlantis: Stories by Deborah Eisenberg

By Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg's deeply etched and mysterious tales concentrate on contributors grappling with dislocations, ironies, and compromises levied by way of traditional fact and the vibrant, troubling worlds her characters inhabit. With lyrical and sparkling prose, Eisenberg pries open way of life to discover the hidden

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But then Jacobs passed away. We had already done some testing on sound stages at 20th Century–Fox when he passed away, but The Aquanauts never came to fruition. How did you like working with Jacobs on Escape and, briefly, The Aquanauts? Oh, he couldn’t have been nicer. Jacobs used to have parties at his house in Beverly Hills, and I never go to Hollywood parties—that’s been a rule of mine as an actor. Unless [the hosts] know you don’t want anything from them. I’d just rather remain arrogant and distant.

And as I moved around the house, I had to try not to let that metal ding the walls and furniture. I call the Internet “The Worthless Researcher’s Best Friend” and I take everything with two grains of salt. Did you know that, according to several sites, you were killed in a 1978 car accident? I have been told about that, and that’s kinda creepy ... that gave me a few little goose pimples. ” [Laughs] Around the time you were coping with the polio, your dad and mom were making another contribution to show business: They helped bring Lawrence Welk to prominence!

He was a warm, friendly guy to me. I was really impressed with him! How funny, you’ve had more and nicer things to say about him than anybody else! [Laughs] Well, he was very warm and interesting to a seven-year-old, he was fun. The other people were very nice and all that, but they didn’t go around singing and laughing like Mr. Sir Lancelot! The movie started production with Gunther von Fritsch directing, and then when he fell way behind schedule, Robert Wise made his directing debut by taking over.

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