NATURAL BORN THRILLER

WILD, WEIRD AND UNIQUE, OLIVER STONE SERVES UP A HOT-BLOODED FILM AND A CRAZY-COOL NEW NOVEL

Let's trip into Oliver Stone's brain. It's a jungle in there, luscious, overgrown, drenched in sensuality and high seriosity, alive with death. The Vietnam of his mind is "waisthigh in vegetation," as Stone writes in his novel A Child's Night Dream (St. Martin's Press; 236 pages; $21.95). "Green with wet."

Stone the filmmaker is always on a weird trip, is ever on the edge of wetness; that salutary quality endears him to souls more timid and judicious. It is as if we had chosen him as our Designated Liver, to be our recording angel and exemplary fool, to be the '60s...

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