Curiosities

February 6, 2014

Hiddleston’s High Rise 0

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J.G. Ballard is coming to the big screen. Tom Hiddleston will star in a film adaptation of Ballard’s novel High-Rise about class warfare in a high-rise. The movie begins shooting June with Ben Wheatley directing.

February 6, 2014

Trash Talk 0

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Not everyone is a fan of Haruki Murakami’s latest short story, “Drive My Car.” Residents of Nakatonbetsu, Japan claim Murakami sullied its reputation when he suggested that residents throw cigarettes from car windows. The offending passage reads: “Probably this is something everyone in Nakatonbetsu commonly does,” a character thinks when he tosses his lit cigarette […]

February 6, 2014

Ben Marcus’s Language 0

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“Language starts to shut down the strength and power and strangeness of what it means to be a person in the world.” At The Rumpus, Ben Marcus discusses how he uses language in his writing and his new short story collection, Leaving the Sea (featured in our 2014 book preview.) Pair with: Our own Adam […]

February 6, 2014

Spokane 2.0 0

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“There are so many cool things going on in Spokane now that I have this overwhelming urge to attend a tractor pull.” Jess Walter has written an addendum to his essay “Statistical Abstract for My Home of Spokane, Washington.”

February 6, 2014

Digital Death 0

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“In its clumsy, ad hoc way, Facebook has brought death back into the public sphere in a way death hasn’t been for more than 100 years.” To celebrate Facebook’s 10th birthday, The Missouri Review has unlocked its Alexander Landfair essay on how we deal with death on Facebook. For another look at Facebook, read our […]

February 5, 2014

“Divergents threaten the system.” 0

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“All of my life, I’ve lived by your rules but not anymore.” The final trailer for Divergent is out. The film comes out March 21, so you have plenty of time to catch up. Allegiant was one of the best YA novels of 2013.

February 5, 2014

Traveling with Orhan Pamuk 0

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Want to see the real Istanbul? Take a tour with the ultimate guide, Orhan Pamuk. The author showed The New York Times’s Joshua Hammer around the city. Pair with: Our review of The Museum of Innocence and our essay on his politics.

February 5, 2014

New Zadie Smith 0

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Recommended Reading: Zadie Smith’s latest short story, “Moonlit Landscape with Bridge,” at The New Yorker. “The Minister got stuck on a sentence: I am further from my village now than I have ever been. Italicized just like that, in his mind.”

February 5, 2014

Gaiman TV 0

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We thought we had a better chance of seeing Odin than Neil Gaiman’s American Gods on TV, but after the HBO deal fell through, the novel is finally being adapted for the small screen by FremantleMedia. Bonus: Gaiman’s Anansi Boys is also being adapted into a BBC miniseries by RED. To brush up on Gaiman’s […]

February 5, 2014

Alice Walker on Screen 0

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Still deciding what to do this Friday night? Watch PBS’s new documentary on Alice Walker, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, at 9 p.m. EST. At The Daily Beast, Agunda Okeyo discusses the history of the film’s production, which took six years. “Stories about women of color told by women of color are sidelined and neglected […]