Morning Bites: Cronenberg’s DeLillo, Publication Studio, Jesmyn Ward, Letters to Don Draper, and More

When David Cronenberg met Don DeLillo: Death and Taxes looks at the trailer for Cosmopolis. Plans tonight? Go to Printed Matter (195 10th Avenue, NY, NY, 10011) to see Diana Balmori in conversation with Publication Studio co-founder Matthew Stadler.  The event is free and open to the public. Jesmyn Ward talks to Jacket Copy. “Like any long project, writing a book has ups and downs. Sometimes the words would flow easily, some days it was a real struggle.” – Rob […]

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Adaptation: Five Books That Must Never Be Adapted For Film

  When David Cronenberg turned William Burroughs’s masterwork Naked Lunch into a somewhat linear, entertaining narrative, literary fans everywhere were pleasantly, if not resentfully surprised.  Cronenberg, in doing so, proved himself not only a master storyteller, but able to do something that few directors could, adapt dense, postmodern classic novels into solid films.  On the other hand, when director Gary Walkow attempted to turn William Burroughs’s seminal novel Queer into a film by combining it with the story of Burroughs’s wife’s […]

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Morning Bites: Alice Bag’s “Violence Girl,” DeLillo talks, Gingrich as Ahab, V.C. Andrews talk, Mike Patton scores with Ryan Gosling, and more

Alice Bag, the frontwoman of the seminal LA punk band The Bags, has a new book out called Violence Girl.  She talks to SF Weekly about it. How Newt Gingrich is like Captain Ahab. Don DeLillo talks to Granta. Zadie Smith, Howard Jacobson, and some other famous writers are putting out new books this year. Tonight: Edith Zimmerman, Rachel Shukert, and Emily Nussbaum reading and discussing the works of V.C. Andrews live in Brooklyn. In the event you need a Ryan Gosling fix, […]

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