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In this novel segment titled The Cameraman, a fictionalized version of silent film icon Buster Keaton grapples with his newfound role at big picture studio MGM, which has stripped him of his creative influence. For the first time in his career, Buster must operate with little authority in what was the beginning of the Hollywood studio system. This excerpt’s narrative present takes place in New York City in 1928 during the filming of The Cameraman, with flashbacks to Los Angeles in 1927, prior to the filming. The close third-person narrator examines what it means for Buster to be famous, to be an artist, and what happens when public and private identities are conflated.