Year 1976. Her shoes cleared, his minishort pink, capelin white, his eyes made-up. John Hinckley falls madly in love with Jodie Foster, revealing it in Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese. Jodie Foster plays the role of Iris, a young prostitute drugged twelve-year-old, the driver new york of Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro, attempts to save the forfeiture.
We are suddenly on march 31, 1981, in Washington. John Hinckley was 25 years ago. He shoots six bullets at president Ronald Reagan to be noticed by the object of her adoration. The president survives. The images make the tour of the world. John Hinckley is going to enter into the great history and then stay in the little story. It will be declared irresponsible, spent thirty-five years in a psychiatric hospital, due to be released in 2016.
The letters of Hinckley begin with "Dear Jodie" and end with "I love you"
The novelist Clovis Goux follows the slow drift of John Hinckley. His obsession with Jodie Foster, became her whole life. He collects the lesser article on it, it tries to enter in contact with it, by all means ; he people his days and nights of his presence to it. John Hinckley wrote to Jodie Foster hundreds of letters. They begin with "Dear Jodie" and end with " I love you ". His mother incubates it. She gives in to its multiple and costly whims. It is in fact a floating, moored at its own fantasies. He misses everything he does and holds everyone accountable. He knows of no jew, no Black, but he hates them all. Above his desk, next to a photo of Jodie Foster, a portrait of Adolf Hitler. But Clovis Goux notes : times have changed. We do not kill for ideological reasons, but for reasons of media. To be famous.
A fascination for the tragic lives
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through the fate of John Hinckley, Clovis Goux tells of a time and a country. The hypersexualization of young girls, the desperate quest for celebrity, the trivialization of violence, the fantasies of hollywood. The author introduces a parallel to the account of the dramas bloody time. The reporter Christine Chubbuck commits suicide live, in 1974, to the tv. She said : "in Accordance with the engagement of the Channel 40 to present to you the latest news with bloody... in striking colours, we offer a new exclusive : a suicide attempt. "She pulls out a revolver and shoots himself in the head. John Hinckley is a stranger who wants to enter in the legend. Not to be an anonymous. In a certain way, it will be there. It is the fruit of his time.p>
© Stock/SP Dear Jodie, Clovis Goux, Stock, 280 pages, 20 euros.