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Shelf notes: ‘Gatsby’ fever and literary dachshunds

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

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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

Holden in the movies?

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
Categories: classics, General, Movies

The Baker Street Irregulars

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

A closer look at In Cold Blood

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

Ode to Keats

  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
Categories: classics, History, Movies

Book shopping: A few good purchases

I checked out the newly opened Barnes and Noble on 86th and Lexington in New York this past weekend, gift card in hand. The store is so huge, I hardly knew what to look at first. I picked through the

In Florence with no Baedeker: Reading ‘A Room With a View’

My perusal of E.M. Forster’s classic novel began with such good intentions.  With wholesome, faintly academic fervor, I embraced the prospect of reading  the imperishable “A Room With a View” after