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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]

Book News

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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]

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]

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

Book shopping: A few good purchases

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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 fiction, quirky non-fiction bestsellers and cooking section on the first level, giving the second basement […] [Read More]

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

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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 several months of contemporary  fiction. I love modern novelists, but I was ready to return, for a moment, to 1908, the year the novel […] [Read More]