Just got done with Grantland’s “Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of ‘Boogie Nights'” – it is a stunningly thorough and exciting read. Written by Alex French (@FrenchAlexM) and Howie Kahn (@howiekahn_), and with some stunning illustrations by Alexander Wells (@WellsIllustrate), this longform oral follows the inception, production, and legacy of one of my favorite movies of all time, Boogie Nights, as told by the people who were responsible for its creation. My love for Paul Thomas Anderson is no secret around these parts, and while we anxiously await the premiere of his latest film, Inherent Vice, Grantland is busy publishing great stories about all things PTA during their “Paul Thomas Anderson Week”.
My grand plans for revisiting all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films at the beginning of the new year in the form of a series of features appears to have been scooped, but I’ll let you the readers decide whether to pursue that or not. In the meantime, read this article. Now.