Mr. Holland's Opus

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Pack your gigantic suitcase, grab your .38, and hop into your BFF’s car. This is the hero’s journey of Thelma & Louise.

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Jeff Garvin is an author, musician, and actor. His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, is an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Before becoming a novelist, Jeff acted on TV and toured as the lead singer of a rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California.

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  • I didn’t think that “play the sunset” was meant to be magical. I think he just wanted her to relax, which is crucial when playing a wind instrument. In any case, it was the first (but not last) scene that a tissue box was needed.

    • (Jeff here.) That’s a fair point. However, in the jazz community (in which Holland ostensibly gigs), abstract playing instructions have become sort of a joke. “Make it more orange” and “play it outside.” Etc. But never mind that, let’s go play the sunset, Alex.

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