If the sheer number of Leonard adaptations is remarkable, what is more remarkable still is how few of them are any good.
No one was more aware of, or blunt about, this disappointing onscreen record than Leonard himself. His first crime novel, The Big Bounce
, was twice adapted for film, in 1969 and 2004. Leonard memorably described the earlier effort as the “second-worst movie ever made”; it was not until he saw the 2004 version, he later said, that he knew what movie was the worst.
Let's Get Critical
is "a new Longform.org
partner site dedicated to surfacing the best cultural criticism on the web."
From the always reliable Monster Brains (previously
) comes the crossover you've all been waiting for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Predator
. But wait, there's more
): Evil Candy Plans
, Forbidden Bat-Love
, an awesome batmobile
, and lots of plain old what the fuck
Paula K. Shimatsu-u, who worked
behind the scenes at Twin Peaks
, has a book coming out with previously unpublished photos from on and off the set. Wired has a gallery
that boasts, among other delights, Michael Horse
reading a book beside a deer's head, and Sheryl Lee
with Sherilyn Fenn wearing, respectively, a lovely bobble cap and a very fetching jumper.
Dreams With Sharp Teeth
– clips from a Sundance Channel documentary on science fiction writer (and somewhat litigious colourful character) Harlan Ellison
. Harlan says pay the writer
Legend of the Seeker
is a syndicated TV show based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth novels
from some of the people behind the mid-90s Hercules show
and Xena: Warrior Princess
. It is in a similar vein, yet now with more earnestness
. The entire series is available on Hulu
for your enjoyment.
It happened to Clifford
. It happened to Little Bear
. It happened to Harold and his Purple Crayon
, and Curious George
. Now, Moe Greene productions presents, Nate the Great
. I don't want to begrudge my favorite children's book authors a fat paycheck, BUT... [more inside]
"We were treated like rock stars. I was told there were female Trekkies who kept lists of all the cast members with whom they'd slept. I was told this!" Extracts from 'Up To Now'
, the autobiography of William Shatner
... from his time on Star Trek
, where he comes over as the colossal jerk of legend, to his poignant recollections of the death of his third wife.
Edward Samuel's Illustrated History of Copyright
A fascinating illustrated historical tour, looking at how different technologies have shaped how we think about copyright and intellectual property.
Bill Clinton on Charlie Rose
- on display: Thoughtful Visionary as well as Political Animal; cf. Howard Dean
and Jimmy Carter
"Those Who Trespass", a Pornographic Work by Bill O'Reilly -- An Audio Excerpt
This is an audio excerpt from Bill O'Reilly's fictional novel. I found it quite hilarious.
Move over Dickens, Bill O'Reilly is in town.
The Mathematical Fiction Homepage
is a collaborative attempt to "collect information about all significant references to mathematics in fiction
." Feel free to add classic
works in any medium
to the collection, or rate existing entries on their mathematical content and literary quality.
at the core, neither good or bad. It simply is. [+]
Everybody's got their indulgences-- maybe it's an impressively bad tv show, a blatently comercial film you've watched dozens of times or the upteeth sequel of a good book by a lazy author.
What's your cultural big mac? What can't you admit you love?