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  1. Saul Degraw says:

    I’m reading a very fascinating but very long and dense book called “The Novel: A Biography” by Michael Schmidt.

    Generally people don’t understand why I like reading books like this. I think they are great fun and amusing. One day I will find a woman who appreciates me for being a failed academic.Report

    • Glyph in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Was The Novel: A Biography adapted into Coupon: The Movie?

    • Michael M. in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      I/m not familiar with Schmidt’s book, but from the title it sounds like it might be similar to Memoir: A History by Ben Yagoda, which I really enjoyed a few years ago. Yagoda makes a strong case for memoir and autobiography being the defining literary form of the 20th Century and traces its development from Caesar and St. Augustine through various fads and bubbles over the centuries. It’s, as the title implies, a historical rather than heavily lit-crit approach and Yagoda doesn’t engage too heavily in philosophizing or theorizing, but he does discuss shifting cultural attitudes toward what we view as “true” and how much importance we place on supposed veracity. He traces the ways in which memoir became the most democratizing of formats — people were much more inclined and eager to read, for example, first-person African-American slave narriative than African-American fiction. And of course a major topic of the book is the long history of faked memoirs — even James Frey was working in a well-trodden tradition.

      On another note, my two favorite TV shows of the moment ended their seasons last weekend: Masters of Sex and Outlander, so I am bereft. I might try checking out Gilmore Girls, which has come to Netflix.Report

  2. Mike Dwyer says:

    We saw Gone Girl over the weekend. One of the best book adaptations I have seen in a long time.

    We already have two casualties on the fall TV schedule. Forever was really, really bad. We wanted to like blackish but it didn’t make the cut either.Report

  3. Jaybird says:

    Two movies last night:

    Death Race and Shoot Em Up.

    Death Race is a Roger Corman movie in 2012 starring Jason Statham. It’s called “Death Race”. If you suspect that you won’t like it, you’re probably right. The good news is that if you’re wondering if you might like it? You probably will. There are a handful of problems when it comes to uncanny knowledge of the characters… but, hey, it’s called “Death Race”.

    Shoot Em Up stars Clive Owen as Bugs Bunny in one of those anti-gun movies that makes its point by filling the screen with bullets as comedy. Sometimes the comedy works. Sometimes the comedy does not. Mostly it doesn’t… but there are some big laughs nonetheless. Pretty forgettable, all things considered.Report

  4. Maribou says:

    I’ve been watching Bones and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and finishing no books. Though I’m in the middle of several.Report

  5. JustRuss says:

    I hate creepy doll movies, because dolls are so inherently creepy, and enhancing that creepiness through the magic of the cinema is just…wrong. I still remember watching some BW horror flick as a kid, about a whole collection of dolls that came to life at night and caused mayhem. For the love of god, if you know the title please DO NOT SHARE, I really don’t need to relive it.Report