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Rex Pickett is the guest. He’s the author of the novel Sideways, which was adapted for the screen by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. The movie went on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, among many other awards, and the novel itself has since gone on to sell more than 150,000 copies.
Most recently, Rex has self-published a novel called Vertical, which is the sequel to Sideways.
Topics of conversation include: wine, Knopf, credit card debt, golf, Santa Ynez, introversion, drinking, desperation, Alexander Payne, Michael London, luck, timing, agents, Election, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections, casting, Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Thomas Haden Church, the Oscars, Los Olivos, Max Perkins, groupies, failure, success, and merchandising.