Posts Tagged ‘The Hobbit’
November 21, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
It’s a David and Goliath story, if David were also pretty tall: the Tolkien Estate is suing Warner Brothers for a cool eighty million dollars over online slot machines and other digital merch that they claim violates copyright.
In more literary retirement news: Hungarian Nobel laureate Imre Kertész is also calling it a day.
Jennifer Egan, Roxana Robinson, Philip Gourevitch, John Burnham Schwartz, Jane Green, Michael Cunningham, Nick Flynn, Mary Morris, and Darin Strauss all have a mammoth group cameo in Michael Maren’s forthcoming film, A Short History of Decay.
Because numerous bookstores are refusing to stock titles from the Amazon imprint, one of its authors claims that his book The 4-Hour Chef is “poised to be the most banned book in U.S. history.” Dubious.
Presented sans comment: “Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow will both be singing on the soundtrack of a ghostly musical written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp.”
October 25, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The Brontë Bell Chapel, the seventeenth-century West Yorkshire church in which the literary sisters were baptized, has been looted by stone thieves. The crooks took the stones from the tops of graves, as well as from the walls of the building.
Scholars at Oxford University may be on the brink of cracking the world’s oldest undeciphered writing system, a series of Bronze Age texts (in the original sense of the word).
“I think it’s time for us to advocate for poetry!” Matthew Dickman’s call to arms.
Here is a storyboard for The Secret History.
Oh, and while we’re at it, here is a Hobbit-themed menu, coming to Denny’s November 6. “Start off your First Breakfast—or Second Breakfast—with six bite-size round red velvet Pancake Puppies made with white chocolate chips and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Served with a side of cream cheese icing for dipping.”
October 1, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Artists from all over the world reinterpret covers for The Observer’s list of the hundred greatest novels.
The Ransom Center’s Pale King archive is now open to the public.
Look through some of DFW’s extensive notes.
Good news for Louie C.K.: the Puzo estate can’t prevent any future Godfather films.
“The Hobbit, published seventy-five years ago, is not a fantasy-adventure as it is being described, but a myth, or part of a mythology.” On the novel’s scholarly underpinnings.
September 25, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The people have spoken, and the Best Word Ever is … diphthong.
A map of Zadie Smith’s NW.
And speaking of interactive tours: explore the Roald Dahl Museum from the comfort of home!
Tom Sawyer was apparently based on a real person. His name was Tom Sawyer. He was a volunteer fireman from Brooklyn, and he and Mark Twain used to go out drinking.
Billy Connolly: “I could never read Tolkien. I always found him unreadable … I didn’t read [the books], and I normally don’t like people who have! The people who love it, they’re kind of scary. They talk all this gobbledygook and they think of it as the Holy Grail.” Dáin Ironfoot clearly doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.
The real Tom Sawyer. Courtesy Guardians of the City, San Francisco Fire Museum.
March 14, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
October 26, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Whiting winners have been announced.
A Shakespeare organization defends the Bard’s honor against the slander of Anonymous.
After all, “With its portrayal of William Shakespeare as a drunken buffoon who could hardly read, let alone write some of the finest poetry in the English language, Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous was unlikely to be popular with the Stratford set.”
Ditto Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.
We imagine Melville fans will be wary of Moby-Dick in space, too.
Speaking of Moby-Dick ...
Here’s one for purists: Tolkien’s original Hobbit illustrations.
A Harold Pinter sketch has been rediscovered.
Ditto a forgotten O’Neill one-act.
Protest for tots.
Tintin’s long shadow.
Authors’ heavy beards.
“From the moment Ron Shaoul took it upon himself to investigate the practice of reading on the toilet, scouring medical literature and turning up nothing of note as to its public health consequences, the situation became clear that here, on his hands, was a big job.”
Writers for the 99 percent.
Booksellers, spies ... two sides of the same coin!