James Greer

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James Greer
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Born April 23, 1971
Portland, ME
Residence Los Angeles, CA
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter, musician, critic
Years active 1991-present
Website jamesgreer.net

James Greer is an American novelist, screenwriter, musician, and critic, born in Portland, Maine in 1971 [1]. He lives in Los Angeles.[2]

Career as a musician/critic[edit]

Greer was Senior Editor and Senior Writer at Spin[3][4][5][6] magazine in NYC in the early 90s.[7]

He wrote and played on the song "Trendspotter Acrobat" on the album Sunfish Holy Breakfast by Guided By Voices.

Greer started a band in 2012 with French musician Lola G. called DTCV.[8] In April 2016 the band released its fourth studio album, entitled Confusion Moderne, on Xemu Records.[9] Later that year Steven Soderbergh directed his first music video for the band's song "Histoire seule,"[10] and the band continues to record and tour prolifically.[11]

Career as a novelist/author[edit]

Greer has published two novels, Artificial Light (Little House on the Bowery/Akashic, 2006)[12][13][14] and The Failure (Akashic, 2010).[15][16][17] Artificial Light won a California Book Award Silver Medal for First Fiction.[18] Noted American novelist Dennis Cooper has written about Greer's latest novel that "James Greer, one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers, has, with his latest novel The Failure, pulled off a sublime and shivery-smooth literary hat-trick-cum-emotional-gotcha. I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book's first impression as a ridiculously clever, funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far more encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central, overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip. This is one stunning piece of work."[19]

In 2013 Greer released his first book of short fiction, titled Everything Flows, via Curbside Splendor. Publisher Weekly said of the book [20] "Halfway between the mind of God and a vivid dream, Everything Flows is proof that there remain new places to go, both on paper and in the known universe."

Career as a screenwriter[edit]

Greer has written or co-written several movies, including Max Keeble's Big Move[21][22] (Disney, 2001), Just My Luck[23][24] (20th Century Fox, 2006) starring Lindsay Lohan, the Jackie Chan vehicle The Spy Next Door[25][26] (Lion's Gate, 2010) and the forthcoming Unsane[27][28][29] directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple.


  1. ^ "IMDB Page for James Greer". 
  2. ^ "James Greer is comfy under the magnifying glass in new band Détective". www.denverpost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Article in Stereogum discussing a 1992 issue of ''Spin'' and Greer's contributions". Stereogum.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Alvarez, Alex (March 8, 2010). "Article in FishBowl New York discussing Greer's participation in Spin's 25th Anniversary Issue". Mediabistro.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "''Spin'' article discussing "former Spin editor" Greer's participation in Steven Soderbergh's ''Cleo''". Spin.com. April 29, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Crew, Adrienne (August 8, 2006). "Interview in LAist discussing Greer's "influence on a generation of music journalists"". Laist.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Article in Cincinnati's ''CityBeat'' discussing Greer's career at ''Spin'', tenure in GBV, projects with Soderbergh, etc". Citybeat.com. April 28, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "DTCV AllMusic Biography". AllMusic.com. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Consequence of Sound Advance Stream of Confusion Moderne". consequenceofsound.net. April 1, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Pitchfork article on Soderbergh's DTCV video". Pitchfork.com. April 12, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ "DTCV ready new LP". 
  12. ^ Jaime-Becerra, Michael (October 8, 2006). "Los Angeles Times review of Artificial Light". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ Scoville, Sheila. "Ink 19 review of ''Artificial Light''". Ink19.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ Willamette Week review of Artificial Light
  15. ^ Baron, Zach (March 24, 2010). "Review of ''The Failure'' in the Village Voice". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ "KQED review of ''The Failure''". Kqed.org. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Publisher's Weekly Review of ''The Failure''". Publishersweekly.com. November 9, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  18. ^ Official California Book Awards Site Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ "Indie | Literary | Books". Akashicbooks.com. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Everything Flows by James Greer". 
  21. ^ "Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun-Times of ''Max Keeble's Big Move''". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. October 5, 2001. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ Max Keeble's Big Move IMDB page
  23. ^ Chang, Justin (May 11, 2006). "Variety review of ''Just My Luck''". Variety. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  24. ^ Just My Luck IMDB page
  25. ^ "Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun-Times of ''The Spy Next Door''". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. January 13, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2012. 
  26. ^ The Spy Next Door IMDB page
  27. ^ "Steven Soderbergh, Claire Foy Team for Secret Movie Shot on iPhone". Tracking-Board.com. July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  28. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 18, 2017). "Juno Temple to Co-Star With Claire Foy in Steven Soderbergh’s Next Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  29. ^ Sharf, Zack (July 18, 2017). "Steven Soderbergh Shot a Secret Movie on His iPhone, Starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple". Indiewire.com. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 

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