David Thomson, a British film critic and historian based in the United States, is the author of more than twenty books, including the prestigious reference works Have You Seen…?: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films and The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. He has been a regular contributor and film critic for The New York Times, Film Comment, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon. He lives in San Francisco with his family and has taught at Dartmouth College.
In Hayes’s hypnotically intense reckoning with self-deception and desolation, a disillusioned screenwriter falls into an affair with an actress who, like him, has missed the big time. Nelson Algren called My Face for the World to See “the most vivid picture of Hollywood since Nathaniel West’s Day of the Locust.”