Raleigh author John Kessel to see work adapted on ABC
Not-so-instant karma

BY ZACK SMITH 

John Kessel’s last brush with Hollywood was when a producer was interested in his short story, “Hearts Do Not in Eyes Shine,” about a couple who has their memories of one another erased. Then Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind came out.

Not surprisingly, the Nebula-winning author and co-director of N.C. State’s MFA creative writing program calls the upcoming TV adaptation of his story “A Clean Escape” a “sort of a karmic debt.” The dramatization, starring Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actors Sam Waterston and Judy Davis, and directed by Emmy- and Oscar-nominee Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond, The Rose) will air as the first episode of ABC’s anthology Masters of Science Fiction at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.



N.C. State creative writing professor John Kessel’s “A Clean Escape” is being adapted for TV.
Photo by James Preiss

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