March 13, 1989 |
With his new novel, "The Neon Bible," scheduled to hit bookstores this spring, John Kennedy Toole would appear to be at a promotional disadvantage. He's dead. But then he was dead long before his first novel, "A Confederacy of Dunces," was published in 1980 and won the Pulitzer Prize.
January 29, 2013 |
The Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens get their name from the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, making them the most literary NFL team. They can thank the people of Baltimore, who chose the name during a poll conducted by the Baltimore Sun. The radio show " Studio 360 " wonders what it might be like if every team were equally inspired by an author. Forget the animal predators and valiant warriors that currently serve as mascots, and instead change every NFL team to something you might find in a library.
July 26, 1990 |
In Margaret Thatcher's favorite book, the working class rises up to take bloody revenge against the rich. That's just one of the insights gathered by librarian Margaret Berketa in a survey of the rich and famous's reading habits as part of a major project to mark the International Year of Literacy. More than 150 celebrities have replied to her letters requesting details of their favorite books, and the responses are still flowing in.
February 9, 2012 |
A new blood clot study finds that flying economy class is not any riskier than first class , as sometimes thought, but sitting by the window seems to play a role, because it makes people less likely to leave their seats. Still, even on long flights (four hours or more) the risk for most people is extremely low, an American College of Chest Physicians' committee reported. For details, go to http://www.chestjournal.org . . . . Salt Lake City retail shopping scene undergoes a major upgrade March 22 with the opening of City Creek Center , a shopping and dining destination downtown.
April 5, 1996 |
"The Neon Bible" is not like any other period coming-of-age-in-the-South movies you've ever seen. It's not just that John Kennedy Toole's story takes a darker turn than most, but that it was adapted to the screen and directed by England's Terence Davies, celebrated for his autobiographical "Distant Voices, Still Lives" and "The Long Day Closes." Davies' special gift for playing nostalgia against bleak circumstances and events made him the ideal choice for this project.