“To talk about adults without talking about their sex drives is like talking about a window without glass.”- Grace Metalious
return to peyton place – Sandra Bullock has signed to play Grace Metalious in a biopic. For those who have been in a coma for the past 50 years, in 1956 Metalious wrote a novel where actual small town folks had sex and talked about it afterward. The nation came to a screaming halt and a coverup was quickly effected so that it could never happen again.
parts is parts – Annie Cheney, author of Body Brokers: Inside America’s Underground Trade in Human Remains guested on NPR’s On Point along with some other experts commenting on the new trade in body parts. You may remember a NYPD investigation into a couple of 21st century Burke & Hare wannabes revealed that Alistair Cooke’s bones were looted and replaced with PVC before he was interred. Apparently this incident is hardly unusual, I can’t wait to see the movie.
- Up the close and down the stair,
- In the house with Burke and Hare.
- Burke’s the butcher, Hare’s the thief,
- Knox, the boy who buys the beef.
worth a looksee – Lawrence Weschler’s new book Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences, he wrote during the past 20 years for magazines, including The New Yorker and McSweeney’s.
worth a listen – Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books Bookcast site gives us wonderfully rich interviews of authors of new books…also podcasted I just listened to Janet Evanovich, James Ellroy, Walter Mosley basically folks, anyone who is anyone has a 3 minute snipet recorded here.
event – The 25th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, Friday, through Sunday,at the Coliseum, St. Petersburg.
dusty – carbon dating shows rare manuscripts dubbed the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls of Buddhism‘ are indeed from the 1st and 5th centuries AD.
all-pro – Chicago Trib profiles Chris Murray the editor-in-chief of Soundview Executive Book Summaries who reads 1000 books a year.
idiot alert – Oklahoma is considering a bill that would withhold state money from public libraries if they don’t move books with gay themes and on sexuality out of children’s areas.
deep tale– Trapped. Which has just been optioned to Billy Bob Thorton for a film project. The Floyd Collins story has also been visited by Robert Penn Warren’s novelThe Cave, Billy Wilder’s film Ace in the Hole and recently a musical called Floyd Collins. It’s amazing how much mileage (not to mention money) one can squeeze from a dead guy in a hole.
bank toaster – okay folks I been saving this one up… it’s a card game called 1000 blank white cards. I’s a free form game where you MAKE your own game cards. Anyway it’s one of those things i classify as internet folk art. You have to only be marginally creative and have actual friends to play it with, not like the card board cut outs I keep around here. But if you do, you can come up with cards like these. I don’t see it in the rules, but I think alcohol is involved somewhere.
• the HIPSTER PDA link up on the sidebar leads to something else I think of as internet folk art. it’s ridiculous in it’s simplicity, but to me it indicates that WE HAVE TO work AT ANTI-TECHNOLOGY as much as we embrace the new technology. hmmm did that make any sense at all?