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Kirsten Dunst to Direct The Bell Jar

Actress Kirsten Dunst will make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which deals with a young woman struggling with mental illness Dakota Fanning is set to play protagonist Esther Greenwood, and we hope she can really capture her slow yet inevitable breakdown. In addition to directing the upcoming film […]

via Kirsten Dunst Will Direct an Adaptation of ‘The Bell Jar’ Starring Dakota Fanning —

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The Pull List:4/13/16 — Funk’s House of Geekery

Buzz-worthy books of the week Constantine The Hellblazer #11 Haven’t checked in on this book in awhile. Apparently Neron is trying to take over Los Angeles and put a lot of the resident magic users in a funk, Constantine included. Good old Deadman is showing up to give the John the push he needs. Harley […]

via The Pull List:4/13/16 — Funk’s House of Geekery

Terrifying Covers for Lolita

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Artists Max Temesu & Linn Olofsdotter each produced covers (shown above) truly befitting of Nabokov’s Lolita. Their illustrations are to remind readers that Lolita was never about a protagonist in love, but a man inappropriately obsessed with a young girl. Lolita was being relentlessly pursued throughout this entire novel; love wasn’t in the equation when Vladimir Nabokov penned this book. Vanity Fair’s Gregor von Rezzor says it best,

 “Lolita is not about love, because love is always mutual; Lolita is about obsession, which is never, ever love, and Nabokov himself was so disappointed that people did not understand this and take away the right message… For how could anyone call this feeding frenzy of selfishness, devouring, and destruction ‘love’?“

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Twitchy: Bookseller offers refunds and apologies to buyers of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

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~ Booksellers are offering refunds of the controversial To Kill A Mockingbird sequel. The article can be found on Twitchy.

http://twitchy.com/2015/07/15/pure-exploitation-bookseller-offers-refunds-and-apologies-to-buyers-of-go-set-a-watchman/

As a side note, I don’t view this Atticus Finch as the same man you meet in Mockingbird. Go Set A Watchman Atticus was written before Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s editor wanted Lee to start from scratch; the publishers requested a book from her childhood. The character of Atticus got retooled. He was made more in the image of our author: a reflection of Harper Lee.

Yes, you could say Watchmen Atticus was always Mockingbird Atticus, but, again, I disagree. The two men are too far removed from each other in personality and morals. As a writer and, also, as a reader, I cannot recognize Atticus Finch as one character. I see two men. Two different creations living in two separate Maycomb’s. Two versions. Both existing in two separate realities.

The first (Watchmen Atticus) seemed more to be written as a catalyst for Scout. Someone to voice the opposing views of our main character so she can grow, and also face head on all personal moral struggles. The second Atticus (from Mockingbird) isn’t that character at all. He molds his children to question the world around them; to go against the popular opinion, especially if morally they find that opinion wrong.

Do I think Go Set A Watchmen is a sincere Mockingbird sequel? No, I don’t. I think it’s a book that Lee didn’t feel the need to share. It was a manuscript. A story she never intended to rework because she had already published the story she had wanted to tell: To Kill A Mockingbird. This “sequel” is it’s own body of work; its characters true to its universe. I still treasure the lessons I learned from Atticus Finch in Mockingbird. Those lessons will never lose their value or sincerity to me, nor will Atticus Finch lose his integrity. To Kill A Mockingbird stands on its own as does Watchmen. These worlds do not intersect for me. They simply are.

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Downton Abby Takes on the Sorting Hat

The cast of Downton Abby are sorting themselves into their respective Hogwarts Houses. Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) of course sorts herself into Gryffindor, but what of the others? Read the following short Times article and then enjoy the full PBS video of the Downton cast nerding out over Harry Potter. It’ll be a magically good time.

Link:

http://time.com/3724702/downton-abbey-hogwarts/

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Every Airport Needs One

Travel Between The Pages

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Last week the San Antonio International Airpo  unveiled two Digital Library kiosks that will allow travelers to check out digital media to take on trips.The kiosks were funded by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library at a cost of $26,000.

The kiosks will allow library patrons to browse the library’s digital media content which can then be checked out and downloaded onto a mobile device for three weeks before they expire.In addition to allowing travelers to check out online materials, the kiosks will serve as a rapid recharging station for mobile devices.

The San Antonio Public Library is also allowing out-of-town travelers to get a temporary library card that they can use to borrow ebooks and other items.

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