Thursday May 28th, 2009

In the Ether

arnold_schwarzenegger_002I feel like the delays in release (not to mention the austerity of the source material) don’t bode well for the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but here’s the official trailer. . . . Speaking of which, The Millions takes a look at books made into movies, including a few of those rarities, movies that improved on the book. . . . In the Los Angeles Times, Richard Rayner points out (and recommends) a book I didn’t know existed, an early novel by Michael Ondaatje called The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. (”The writing throughout is sensuous, violent, visceral, never static, summoning a lost world with imagination and language that flash like lightning. . . . [The novel] already feels like a modern classic.”) . . . John Self appreciates Melville’s Bartleby, which, “like all classics, defies expectations, and expands before your very eyes.” . . . This profile of Clive James is worth reading for three reasons: 1) It’s a profile of Clive James; 2) it implies that there is video available, somewhere, of James interviewing the Spice Girls; and 3) it reveals that James once described Arnold Schwarzenegger as “a brown condom full of walnuts.” Wow.