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Alton Benes (the Jacket)

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Joel Lewis

PostPosted: August 16, 2004 12:13 PM 

The Alton Benes character is based on the novelist/shrty story writer Richard Yates. According to the Yates biography, A Tragic Honesty by Blake Bailey, Larry David was friends with one of Yate's daughter and the jacket incident really happened (tho' not exactly as depicted)! Yates, whose travials with alcoholism, mental breakdowns and general life difficulties was quite ill when the episode aired, but seemed to enjoy it. Unlike Benes, who seems to be depicted as a Mickey Spillaine type, Yates was the classic writer of 50's suburban despair--Revolutionary Road is considered his masterpiece.


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PostPosted: August 16, 2004 12:33 PM 

Now this is what I call real insight! Thanks, Joel... Very Happy

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: August 17, 2004 3:08 AM 

very interesting

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: August 23, 2004 4:28 PM 

"pipe down chorus boy"


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PostPosted: August 23, 2004 4:34 PM 

What was that tune he was humming in his car at the end of the episode? I think it was from Les Miserables... George had been singing it earlier...

Other Walter

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PostPosted: August 23, 2004 6:04 PM 

Pendant-Those bastards...

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