July 20, 2013 |
Writer Cormac McCarthy turns 80 today. Happy birthday, Cormac McCarthy! McCarthy was born on this day in Rhode Island in 1933. The Pulitzer Prize winner is mostly known for his stories set in Texas, but it took him some time to get there. His father, a lawyer, moved the family to Knoxville when Cormac (then Charles) was 4. McCarthy stayed in Tennessee through college, and his first four novels are set there. "The Orchard Keeper" (1965), "Outer Dark" (1968), "Child of God" (1974)
February 19, 2013 |
A quick perusal of the popular hashtag #IWishICouldMeet on Twitter led to a couple of conclusions. First, more than anything, people want to meet Justin Bieber, although Jesus is a close second. And a lot of people would like to be able to be another person meeting themselves, or their true love, whoever that might be. There didn't seem to be many bookish figures in the mix, so Tuesday morning we asked people on Twitter what authors or fictional characters they'd like to meet. A pair of Jane Austen's characters immediately jumped to the top of the list - Elizabeth Bennet and her dreamy Mr. Darcy just about tied.
January 22, 2012 |
Raylan A Novel Elmore Leonard William Morrow: 261 pp., $26.99 The Jaguar A Charlie Hood Novel T. Jefferson Parker Dutton: 359 pp., $26.95 A watermelon picker, Vince Majestyk. A bail bondsman, Max Cherry. A bank robber, Jack Foley. A mean hombre , John Russell. A deadeye lawman, Bob Valdez. The villainous heroes and heroic villains of Elmore Leonard's imagination have come in countless forms - some, such as these, brought to life in motion pictures by Charles Bronson, Robert Forster, George Clooney, Paul Newman and Burt Lancaster, good good guy/bad guy portrayers all. Ordered at gunpoint to identify my favorite Leonard do-badders of 40 books and beyond, I might need to score it a tie between Chili Palmer, a loan shark-turned-Hollywood player in "Get Shorty," and a newspaper reporter from its sequel, "Be Cool," who turns up in the last chapter, "Mike Downey of the Los Angeles Times.
January 6, 2012 |
When Hera, wife of Zeus, lays into Artemis, the sister of Apollo, in Stephen Mitchell's new translation of the "Iliad," it sounds more likeMTV's"Jersey Shore"than Mt. Olympus. "How dare you oppose me, you sniveling little …" Hera roars. You can fill in that blank, can't you? Mitchell's updating has resulted in a livelier, more contemporary feel for this epic of world literature - something Mitchell has done before in popularizing other classics including the Book of Job, Tao Te Ching and Gilgamesh.
June 20, 2011 |
In the HBO film "The Sunset Limited," Tommy Lee Jones plays White, a suicidal professor who attempts to jump in front of the subway of the title. He's saved, or thwarted, by Black (Samuel L. Jackson), an ex-con who has fervently embraced the Bible's teachings. In Black's sad little apartment, the two men battle over the nature of faith and the value of life in a high-stakes dance between equal and opposing partners. The film, which began as a play, was written by Cormac McCarthy. Jones has known McCarthy for more than a decade and worked on the Coen brothers' film adaptation of the author's "No Country for Old Men. " As with the 2005 film "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," Jones directed and produced "The Sunset Limited," in addition to his acting duties.
February 11, 2011 |
Despite America's current preoccupation with, and politicization of, religion, there are not many national forums in which the nature of God and faith are discussed with any passion or depth. On television, an undertone of spirituality versus science lurks beneath the character conflicts on certain shows; the new Oprah network has taken this to its obvious limit by launching a reality program in which alleged miracles are investigated by a believer and a nonbeliever. Only a few shows ?