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Shelf notes: ‘Gatsby’ fever and literary dachshunds

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Copies of “The Great Gatsby” are selling at an “extraordinary” rate, thanks to the publicity surrounding the Leonardo DiCaprio film of the novel, set to open on May 10. One caveat: do not read the movie’s tie-in edition on the subway. The new book “Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War […] [Read More]

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For the third year in a row, Edgar Allan Poe’s biggest fan has failed to materialize at his grave in Baltimore: “When he appears, the Toaster is typically shrouded in a long coat, his head covered with some kind of hat and a scarf that drapes across his face, the spotters say. He strides quickly […] [Read More]

Once upon a midnight dreary

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Image via Wikipedia Edgar Allan Poe – spinner of spine-tinglers and tales of hearts that won’t stay still – immediately springs to mind when Halloween approaches. Few other horror stories in literature have quite the bone-chilling, heart-stopping quality of Poe’s, peopled with devious killers and strange, haunting manifestations of guilt. I’ve never quite been able to […] [Read More]

Happy Bloomsday

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June 16, 1904 — The day that James Joyce’s hero Leopold Bloom made his way around Dublin in “Ulysses” is celebrated across the world, often with pints of Guinness, (“thick giblet soup”?) and readings from the book. Stamford celebrated the literary holiday in Joycean fashion this past Sunday, and in New York, there’s a host […] [Read More]
Categories: classics, General

Holden in the movies?

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I came across this article recently about the prospect of filming “Catcher in the Rye”, and whether or not the book really is “unfilmable.”  Salinger naturally refused to sell the rights during his lifetime, but with his recent death comes a renewed swirl of intrigue over the idea of a movie. Personally, I think it […] [Read More]
Categories: classics, General, Movies

The Baker Street Irregulars

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I finally went to see the new Sherlock Holmes adaptation with no small amount of trepidation. For years, Holmes and I have been very well acquainted and I was afraid my clear, well-defined image of a character I so loved would be muddled and abused by watching the film. I walked into the movie theater […] [Read More]

A closer look at In Cold Blood

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I picked up Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood this summer and slowly worked my way through most of it, only to leave it lying unattended by my bedside for months. Not that it isn’t a gripping tale. The non-fiction, which details the murder of a family of four in rural Kansas, often has the same […] [Read More]

Another look at Jane

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre Despite the holiday rush, I have unofficially allotted this month as the time to catch up on all the books I think I’ve read, should have read, or never properly read. All the […] [Read More]

‘Christmas, a humbug!’

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Everyone knows ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The tale of the frightfully avaricious Scrooge, the impecunious Bob Cratchit and his effervescent Tiny Tim is all but inescapable during the holidays. There have been countless stage productions and films, including the new Disney version, and everyone has heard a thousand and one times the famed exclamation from the […] [Read More]
Categories: classics

Ode to Keats

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  This seems to be the year of John Keats: in July, his house was reopened to the public in Hampstead Heath, London, and this week, “Bright Star”, the new film about Keats’ brief love affair with Fanny Brawne, opens in theatres. Directed by Jane Campion, the movie got a lovely review in the New […] [Read More]
Categories: classics, History, Movies