Thursday May 21st, 2009

In the Ether

shatnerquakeAn early candidate for the 2009 Pulitzer in fiction: the 100-page Shatnerquake. I’ll let the promotional copy do the heavy lifting here: “It’s the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner.” . . . On a lighter note, Levi Stahl has been on an entertaining roll with posts about Wordsworth, Coleridge, and their circle. . . . Like me, Tom Nissley was fascinated by a recent story about Jack Kerouac’s obsessive creation (in full adulthood) of make-believe baseball leagues and horse races. . . . I find it hard to believe that Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood could be turned into an effective movie, but the Criterion Collection just released John Huston’s adaptation and Anne Yoder writes an appreciation of it (and its source material). . . . I lean Luddite myself, but it’s hard to argue with this: “if this isn’t an argument for the Kindle, I don’t know what is.”