A crowd of more than 50 people filled John Morris’ loft Nov. 22 to hear best-selling novelist Douglas Kennedy talk about himself, his art and his vision of the world.  Kennedy, whose 1998 novel “The Big Picture” has recently been made into a box hit of a movie in France, “L’Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie,” has sold millions of books worldwide. Kennedy explained how he organizes his writing, and how he keeps up his output by producing two complete pages a day. He said his view of the world is tempered by living four months of the year in the U.S., and the rest of the time in his homes in London, Paris and Berlin.  He spoke about the persistence of unexplained calamity in the human condition, a given of everyone’s existence, and also of man’s other existential enemy, boredom.

-Gerry Dryansky