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February 27, 2011 by


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Frere Jacques

February 14, 2011 by


A literary junkie eulogizes the recently deceased author responsible for her passion. By Rachael Lander With the sad announcement of author Brian Jacques’ sudden death on Feb. 5, I want to take a moment to thank Mr. Jacques for all he’s done for me. I know, maybe it’s a little corny but as an English […]

The Book is Dead

January 20, 2011 by


If we’re not living in the end times, we may at least be living in the end times for the novel. Snooki’s novel, “A Shore Thing,” dropped earlier this month to the exact kind of reviews that one would expect a book by someone who calls herself “Snooki” would receive. Stephen Marche of Canada’s National Post said that “‘A Shore Thing’ courageously avoids narrative conventions like plot arcs and character development.” AV Club’s Nathan Rabin called the novel “curdled cotton candy of a beach read.” And those are some of the nicer reviews. It appears that, even compared to the worst bestsellers, “A Shore Thing” may reach a new low point.

Gatsby 3-D

January 11, 2011 by


Some things go well together – like chocolate and peanut butter, or whiskey and Tom Waits LPs – but there are a great many more things that, while great on their own, are perhaps best left separate. Two such things collided when it was announced that Baz Luhrmann would try his hand at a new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's American classic “The Great Gatsby.” That's right, the director of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet (the surreal modern interpretation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy) has decided to take on one of the greatest of the Great American Novels. In a panel discussion with Oliver Stone this weekend in Vegas, Luhrmann went one step further, saying that he “workshopped” his upcoming film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" – and might possibly shoot it in 3-D.


January 10, 2011 by


I found out that a new version of Mark Twain's classic "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" will be published with its 219 (according to Marc Schultz of Publishers Weekly) uses of "nigger" replaced by "slave." Wow. How's that for missed intent?

Director Franco?

January 4, 2011 by


Is there a book that could never be successfully adapted to film? I mention this question because today Roger Friedman, who may or may not be a reliable source, reported that 127 Hours star and general overachiever James Franco is in talks to write and direct adaptations of both William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.

Living zombies?

January 1, 2011 by


Now that the first (half) season of AMC’s "The Walking Dead" has drawn to a close, it’s time to figure out where everything went wrong. Although the comic book-turned-television series about a zombie apocalypse is something of a critical darling and has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, my enthusiasm for the show turned from the rabid excitement of a flaming 28 Days Later zombie to the lethargic, dull and bored shuffle of a Night of the Living Dead zombie after a mere three episodes.