My first book review for the Wall Street Journal is online, and in the print edition tomorrow, May 22. I am so pleased about writing for the WSJ, an idea I had about six weeks ago, asking a friend on-staff for an introduction. The editor suggested three books, all of which were bull's eyes.
J. Paul Getty III and Charles Fox met for the last time over lunch in 2001. Both men were confined to wheelchairs: Fox from multiple sclerosis, Getty from a 1981 drug-overdose-induced stroke that left him paralyzed and nearly blind at the age of 25. They sat by the swimming pool of Getty's Hollywood estate, the air hot and "jasmine-scented," as Getty's former wife, his mother and various people tended him. Though Getty communicated only in "small, indecipherable clicks," one of the entourage translated for Fox: "He says he wants you to write his story."
Read the whole thing here.