There’s no enticement quite like an artfully made movie trailer, and it doesn’t spoil the fun to get a better idea of how the pieces come together – and increasingly fly apart. Film Historian Wheeler Winston Dixon helps NPR’s Monkey See put some of the classiest recent trailers in context: “The shots are shorter and […]
In The Master, Colm Tóibín images the particular discomfort a young Henry James might have felt on being forced to share a bed with another young man. If that book became a movie, the filmed scene would almost certainly be exactly nothing like the above, even if the two would undoubtedly share (with a nod […]
When am I not? In the newly released Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, contemporary authors including Philip Pullman, Claire Messud, Lev Grossman and Alison Bechdel talk shelving and the future of books. Speaking of shelves, Brainpicker’s selections from December 2009 are worth a second look. Books now provide the “dressing” and the inspiration […]
Shortly after docking in Liverpool, The Ambassadors‘s Lambert Strether meets the cordial American expatriate Maria Gostrey, who, on hearing of his mission, inquires as to the nature of the industry that calls Chad Newsome back to Woollett, Massachusetts; Strether declines to name it. The little manufactured item is at once, he suggests, too “familiar, too […]
Never too early to start thinking about next year’s tree. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Off Next Week: Back to blogging in 2012 with The Ambassadors.
Off Next Week: Back to blogging soon with Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
In Up from Slavery, Booker T. Washington makes reference to the “grape-vine” telegraph, the unofficial and effective, if not always entirely accurate, means by which Civil War-era slaves kept themselves informed as to the goings on of the nation. The term became even more popular when Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and the Pips (above) […]
Friday fun from the band I profiled and will be seeing in concert tomorrow.