I just finished reading the autobiography of Ken Atchity, who is best known for producing films, e.g. The Meg, Hysteria, and Angels in the Snow, and whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a few projects.
In his book, Ken openly writes the greatest mystery of all, which is equally difficult to solve — family relationships, and the importance of namesake. With a Cajun French mother and father of Lebanese heritage, he grew up with a unique mix of culture, food, and strict Jesuit Catholicism. With jokes and recipes included, Ken shares his story of becoming a Yale-educated literature professor, who dared to venture into the impossible business of moviemaking (“Fake it till you make it” still requires tremendous smarts, hard work, and determination).
Without trying, Ken gives great advice on life, career, and the approach to happiness. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in the story behind the story merchant himself. (Had no idea the ancient Phoenicians brought the alphabet in their trading ships, which is how he named his company).
Thanks, Ken, if you’re reading this post!
PS— I’m jealous that you received a letter from Jorge Amado after reviewing his book for the LA Times. Gabriella, Cinnamon and Clove is one of my all-time favorites. JKMARAO’RB’s!