Stone Reader Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz, who earns a living making political commercials, turns his considerable skills of media persuasion to the nobler service of selling serious books.… Stone Reader Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz, who earns a living making political commercials, turns his considerable skills of media persuasion to the nobler service of selling serious books.… 2003-02-12 Unrated PT129M Documentary Mark Moskowitz Dow Mossman
Movie Review

Stone Reader (2003)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Stone Reader | EXCELLENT 'READER' ''Stone'' goes on a cross-country hunt seeking information about a mysterious writer
EXCELLENT 'READER' ''Stone'' goes on a cross-country hunt seeking information about a mysterious writer
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Feb 12, 2003; Rated: Unrated; Length: 129 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Mark Moskowitz and Dow Mossman

Filmmaker Mark Moskowitz, who earns a living making political commercials, turns his considerable skills of media persuasion to the nobler service of selling serious books. And with Stone Reader, he makes the sale. Specifically, the hard-driving and aggressively well-read Moskowitz conveys the power of ''The Stones of Summer,'' an unsung 1972 novel that affected him profoundly and has long been exiled in out-of-print oblivion.

The search to find out what happened to its author, Dow Mossman -- who never published another book -- launches Moskowitz on a quixotic cross-country adventure, simultaneously self-regarding and indefatigable, talking to editors, agents, and other writers about the terrors and pleasures of reading and publishing. It's ''Moskowitz's March,'' really -- in the tradition of Ross McElwee's wholly original 1986 pseudo-documentary ''Sherman's March'' -- and it ends in stirring victory: When the humble, gently defeated-looking author is found and thanked, it's hard not to weep in honor of one small battle won for the written word.

Originally posted Feb 19, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints
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