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Archive for November, 2010

Wed, November 17th, 2010
Reading the Screen: A Wizard of Oz Remake?
Posted by: David Pitt

Over at Deadline, there’s an interesting story that says Robert Zemeckis, director of such films as Back to the Future, What Lies Beneath, Cast Away, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, is in “early talks” to remake The Wizard of Oz (1939) using the original screenplay. The movie would be live action, not motion-capture animation, which […]


Tue, November 16th, 2010
IC-SPAN: Why Stop There?
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

President Obama’s brand-new children’s book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, illustrated by Loren Long, is an ode to the creativity, generosity, and pluck of 13 famous Americans as well as an inclusionary invitation to children to feel part of the American family. Among the profiled are Helen Keller, George Washington, Martin Luther […]


Tue, November 16th, 2010
Sterling’s Gold Does Not Glitter
Posted by: Keir Graff

Headlines also considered: Sterling’s Gold Lacks Luster; Sterling’s Gold Slightly Tarnished; Sterling’s Gold a Cheap Alloy; Sterling’s Gold Fools No One; Sterling’s Gold Merely Iron Pyrite; Sterling’s Gold Is No Gem; Sterling’s Gold Lacks Eureka Moments; and you get the idea. Opportunities for metallurgical wordplay abound with the pun-tastically titled Sterling’s Gold: Wit & Wisdom […]


Mon, November 15th, 2010
IC-SPAN: iPad Versus Kindle
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

In my first outing with e-books, I read Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars on an iPad. When it came time download George Bush’s Decision Points, I assumed the iPad and I would continue our nodding acquaintance. So you can imagine my surprise when the iTunes store  had never heard of Decision Points. It was like going […]


Fri, November 12th, 2010
Weeklings: Kindle Prices Protested, Keith Olberman Suspended, Decision Points Criminalized, James Frey Reinvented (Again), and More!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Two weeks’ worth of weeklings here. Sorry! On Amazon, readers punish writers for their publishers’ pricing models–again (“Stars fall in Amazon protest about ebook prices,” Benedicte Page, Guardian). Authors found themselves in the firing line this week as fans furious at sudden rises in Amazon’s Kindle prices protested by giving their books one-star reviews on […]


Fri, November 12th, 2010
Reading the Screen: The Town
Posted by: David Pitt

I finally got to see The Town, Ben Affleck’s splendid movie based on Chuck Hogan’s 2004 novel Prince of Thieves. Like Dennis Lehane’s Gone, Baby, Gone (which Affleck also made into a fine film), Prince of Thieves is a gritty Boston crime story. Doug MacRay is the leader of a small group of hold-up men. […]


Thu, November 11th, 2010
Zone, by Mathias Enard
Posted by: Keir Graff

so I have here on my desk the uncorrected proof of Zone, by Mathias Enard, which will be published December 14 by Open Letter although, really, it seems that Zone Books would have been a more appropriate publisher but anyway, the book concerns a French-born Croat intelligence officer who takes a train from Milan to […]


Thu, November 11th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Columbine
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

This video for Dave  Cullen’s Columbine (which we starred), takes a news-magazine approach, starring Cullen as “reporter,” speaking to the camera in front of his library or while driving his car, stroking his chin at material evidence, and walking through the relevant scenes: the high school hallways and cafeteria, the permanent memorial. Combined with chilling […]


Thu, November 4th, 2010
Reading the Screen: 127 Hours Approaches
Posted by: David Pitt

A while back (here, as a matter of fact) I talked about 127 Hours, Danny Boyle’s forthcoming movie about Aron Ralston’s rather unsettling story of courage and survival. The trailer’s online. It’s interesting and tantalizing. Take a look:


Wed, November 3rd, 2010
Literary Spin-offs: H. G. Wells
Posted by: David Pitt

It’s probably safe to assume you’re aware of the myriad Sherlock Holmes stories written by people who are not, strictly speaking, Arthur Conan Doyle. Or the James Bond novels by writers who bear not even a passing resemblance to Ian Fleming.   Those are probably the most famous literary spin-offs, but they’re  hardly the only ones. From time to […]





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