Magazine article Sunset

Jane Smiley

Magazine article Sunset

Jane Smiley

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The Pulitzer Prized winning author talks about her new book, the movies, and her passion for horses

On setting her new novel, Ten Days in the Hills, in Hollywood For Americans, Hollywood just looms huge. It's a feature of our environment, like Mt. Everest.

Her all-time favorite movies In no special order, Tom Jones, Ashes and Diamonds-a great Polish movie-Pennies from Heaven, and The Return of Martin Guerre.

Her horses I have 11. I don't have any racing right now. The nice thing about horses is that you don't have to hide the fact that you love them in different ways. They're not like kids.

On what makes a good racehorse Doesn't everybody wish they knew? Lots of stamina. Lots of determination. Lots of good luck.

Her favorite racetrack Probably Santa Anita. It's so playful and elegant. I wrote an essay not long ago saying that betting is a terrible thing, but if you're going to bet, why don't you support a fabulous Art Deco masterpiece like Santa Anita? …

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