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Archive for May, 2010

Sat, May 29th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Jim Thompson in Pictures
Posted by: David Pitt

The Killer Inside Me, the new movie with Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba, is based on the 1952 novel by Jim Thompson (1906 – 1977). I was going to say he was the best of the 1940s and ’50s pulp novelists, but maybe that’s not true. It’s one of those subjective things: he’s my favorite, […]


Fri, May 28th, 2010
Some Grownups Aren’t Nice
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

A reivew of one of the books in the new Helping Hands series by Sarah, Duchess of York, will appear in the Back to School Roundup in the August issue of Booklist. But this entry in the series caught my eye: Ashley Learns About Strangers. A red-headed girl gets lost in a store. All ends […]


Fri, May 28th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Innocent, Presumably
Posted by: David Pitt

Innocent, the new novel by Scott Turow, is the sequel to 1987′s  Presumed Innocent. It was Turow’s first novel and it was something of a sensation, mostly because you could read the book, really pay close attention to it, and still not be sure whether its central character — “hero” sure ain’t the right word — […]


Thu, May 27th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: The 2010 Moby Awards
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

This is my beat, I realize that, but I’d never heard of the nascent Moby Awards until suddenly they were announcing their winners! The call for entries for the best trailers of the year went out in April, and on May 20 at a “a formal, red carpet ceremony” (!!), winners were announced in each […]


Thu, May 27th, 2010
McEwan Wins Wodehouse Prize
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Solar the pig owes his new moniker to Ian McEwan’s P.G. Wodehouse win. The Atonement author also gets some champagne and collection of Wodehouse works for his comic work, Solar, and on Friday he’s set to meet his newly dubbed piggy friend. Aw.


Thu, May 27th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Just in Case
Posted by: David Pitt

I read on joblo.com that The Genesis Code (1997), a thriller by John Case, is being turned into a movie. David R. Ellis, who gave us the splendidly wacky Snakes on a Plane, is set to direct. Whether this means Case’s story about murder, conspiracy, DNA research and the Roman Catholic Church will be turned […]


Tue, May 25th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Aron Ralston’s 127 Hours
Posted by: David Pitt

Danny Boyle, director of such diverse fare as 28 Days Later, Shallow Grave, and Slumdog Millionaire, is working on 127 Hours, the true story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who, in 2003, amputated his own arm after he was trapped by a boulder. You probably read about the story in the newspaper, but there’s […]


Sat, May 22nd, 2010
Reading the Screen: Donald E. Westlake in Pictures
Posted by: David Pitt

Because he’s my favorite writer, and I miss him like crazy, I thought I’d take a moment of your time to tell you about some of the movies based on the books of the great Donald E. Westlake.  1967′s Point Blank, a tough-guy thriller, is based on one of Westlake’s Parker novels, 1962′s The Hunter, […]


Thu, May 20th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Art Heists: A Growth Industry
Posted by: David Pitt

According to a May 20 Associated Press story, a thief, working alone, made off with several paintings from the Paris Museum of Modern Art.  Works by Picasso, Matisse, and Modigliani are among the missing. If you’re anything like me — and I imagine you are, but perhaps a bit taller — then this story piques your […]


Tue, May 18th, 2010
Reading the Screen: It’s a (True) Crime
Posted by: David Pitt

Have you seen Billionaire Boys Club, the 1987 two-part TV movie about Joe Hunt (compellingly played by Judd Nelson) and his band of wealthy young friends who passed off a Ponzi scheme as an investment club and, oh by the way, murdered a couple of people? For years there was an abridged VHS version that looked […]





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