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Review: The Soloist: Steve Lopez.
In 2005, LA Times Columnist Steve Lopez ran into a homeless man playing a violin on a street corner. After a few conversations with the gentleman, he decided the musician's situation was fascinating enough write about in his column. Evidently the man in question was Nathaniel Ayers - a talented musician who had bombed out of the prestigious Julliard Music School years ago and was now living on the dangerous streets of LA, suffering from schizophrenia. One column about Ayers led to another, and another. Before long the series had become popular enough that Lopez was working on a novel about Nathaniel. Even before Lopez's book was released, a number of people in the Hollywood film industry had already read Lopez's columns about Nathaniel and were interested in turning his story into a movie. Now, only a very brief amount of time after the novel was released, its big-budget film adaptation hits the screens. How do film and book treatments of Nathaniel Ayers' story compare?
The book versus the movie: