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The 'unfilmable' becomes filmable as slew of sweeping books leap to big screen - Winnipeg Free Press

The 'unfilmable' becomes filmable as slew of sweeping books leap to big screen - Winnipeg Free Press | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The 'unfilmable' becomes filmable as slew of sweeping books leap to big screen Winnipeg Free Press

 

TORONTO - It would appear that labelling a book unfilmable is a sure-fire way to get a filmmaker's attention.

 

How else to explain the multitude of book-inspired features currently at the multiplex, a good number of them drawn from challenging literary works chock full of the very things popular cinema generally tries to avoid?

 

Rambling storylines, monumental themes, complex structures, detours into wild fantasy and innumerable characters are proving little impediment to the perennial search for the next big blockbuster.

 

This week, Yann Martel's long-considered-unfilmable tale "Life of Pi" appears in theatres as a 3D spectacle, the painstaking work of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee.

 

It follows the ambitious adaptations of David Mitchell's literary puzzle "Cloud Atlas" and Salman Rushdie's magical, historical tale "Midnight's Children."

 

And next month, theatres welcome a big screen take on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy-laden "The Hobbit" while January will see Jack Kerouac's meandering Beat generation novel "On the Road."

 

As film critic and curator Jesse Wente notes: "A book is only unfilmable until someone makes a movie of it."

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Philip K. Dick roundup: 'Man in High Castle' new Amazon series, PKD warnings ... - MassLive.com

Movies such as "Blade Runner" and "Minority Report" are based on the works of Philip K. Dick.

 

Dick has been dead for 33 years, but the science fiction writers' stories keep coming to the screen, the latest being Amazon.com's announcement that his novel "The Man in the High Castle" will be the basis of a full series.

 

"Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner"), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States," Amazon.com said.

 

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If this series is as good as Amazon's BOSCH, it will be worth watching.

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Reflections and Resources on Close Reading

Reflections and Resources on Close Reading | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
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I’m writing this post to gather some ideas, definitions, resources, practices, and reflections on and about close reading.
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A brief history of female authors with male pen names - Mashable

A brief history of female authors with male pen names - Mashable | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Female authors have been using pen names for hundreds of years -- but why?
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Nabokov and Homeland Security: How Russia’s Most Revered Literary Émigré Became an American

Nabokov and Homeland Security: How Russia’s Most Revered Literary Émigré Became an American | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

How a broken lock, a suitcase of dead butterflies, and a pair of boxing gloves became the backdrop of the making of a legend.

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Five Books That Are Also Labyrinths

Five Books That Are Also Labyrinths | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Five books that challenge our understanding of narrative structure, and invite us to participate in the making of the story.

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20 Female Harlem Renaissance Writers You Should Know

20 Female Harlem Renaissance Writers You Should Know | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
I'll keep this brief: we know too little about the women of the Harlem Renaissance. The more I look into these poets, writers, dramatists, essayists, critics, social critics, young adult writers, a...
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The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature - Daily Beast

The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature - Daily Beast | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
With 36 excellent books—novels, poems, memoir, even food writing—under his belt, Jim Harrison ought to be a literary superstar known to all. But we do not live in a just world.
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Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Some tests show that reading from a hard copy allows better concentration, while taking longhand notes versus typing onto laptops increases conceptual understanding and retention
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Why James Baldwin's FBI File Was 1,884 Pages

Why James Baldwin's FBI File Was 1,884 Pages | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
William J. Maxwell's provocative F.B. Eyes: How J Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature probes the FBI’s “institutionalized fascination” with black authors like Langston Hughes and Amiri Baraka. Here, Maxwell delves into the FBI's dossier on James Baldwin--at 1,884 pages, it was the largest one on file--and the unlikely FBI literary criticism that emerged from studying Baldwin's books.
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Better Than Gone Girl: CE Poverman's Love by Drowning - Huffington Post

Better Than Gone Girl: CE Poverman's Love by Drowning - Huffington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

I am not lying when I say this book is better than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Poverman gives us a situation and set of characters as mysterious and intriguing as Flynn does, he surprises us just as much, and we are as riveted to the author's slow unraveling of the main players' psychologies. We keep reading Love by Drowning because ultimately we must know about Davis and Lee Anne. We are as defenseless against their allure as is Val, and we will read on till we've been given the scenes with which to make sense of their tangled and dangerous triangle. But a difference between this book and Flynn's is Poverman invents characters we actually care about. The man and woman whose points-of-view we alternate between in Flynn's book are both so unlikable, it was difficult for me to keep reading.

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I loved "Gone Girl," and I don't agree with this reviewer's dislike of unlikable characters. Nonetheless, the book she reviews here does sound good.

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Reviews: 'Crazy Love You' and 4 more mysteries - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Reviews: 'Crazy Love You' and 4 more mysteries - Minneapolis Star Tribune | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

If you ask me, William Faulkner’s Nobel acceptance speech is one of the finest tributes to the enduring power of literature. In it, Faulkner insisted on a return to “the old verities” —“love and honor, pity and pride, sacrifice and compassion.” Otherwise, he said, a work is “not of the heart but of the glands.” If you ask me, a little of both is good for the soul. The mysteries I’m recommending below engage us with Faulkner’s truths with the bonus of an adrenalin rush.

 

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A clever way of framing reviews of 5 debut mystery novels--and some good recommendations for us mystery lovers.

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Richard Price Has a Big Appetite for the Grey Areas Where Good Stories Live - Daily Beast

Richard Price Has a Big Appetite for the Grey Areas Where Good Stories Live - Daily Beast | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The author of ‘The Whites’ and ‘Clockers’ talks about genre fiction, about hitting the street for research, and about the details that can bring a story alive.
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The long read: How the First World War changed English poetry - The National

The long read: How the First World War changed English poetry - The National | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The soldier-poets of the First World War redefined English verse, turning the traumas of the trenches into timeless literature – and the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have created soldier-poets of their own.
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Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘Writing is a way of getting rid of shame’

Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘Writing is a way of getting rid of shame’ | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard’s bestselling, deeply exposing six-part memoir has been a literary sensation the world over – and upset not a few of his relatives. Here he talks about memory, male shame and why he can understand the warped thought processes of mass murderer Anders Breivik

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Genderalizations – The Los Angeles Review of Books

Genderalizations – The Los Angeles Review of Books | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
AT THE END of last year, the Los Angeles Review of Books ran a piece by Katherine Angel reflecting on the difficulties faced by women in the literary world, the gender bias toward the male point of view,

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So don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying we shouldn’t be vigilant or that it’s a bad thing to speak up. All I’m saying is don’t forget the counterarguments. And please don’t assume that literary editors aren't aware of this issue. We think about it. We talk about it. It isn’t always easy. And yet I’m convinced that, blah aside, and although we have miles to go, things are gradually changing for the better.

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One British editor's take on a topic that won't go away: the literary world's bias against women.

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In My Library: Matt Czuchry - New York Post

In My Library: Matt Czuchry - New York Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Raised in Tennessee — a professor’s son — Czuchry and his older brother, Mike, teamed up to write the 2012 book, “Between Brothers,” based on the journals they exchanged while growing up.


“He’s a psychology professor and I’m an actor, so we come at life from different perspectives,” Czuchry says. Here are four other books he loves.

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Can't get enough of "The Good Wife." Read this piece to learn how to pronounce the name of the actor who plays Cary Agos.

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All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research - The Independent

All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research - The Independent | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
What do the following novels have in common: Pride and Prejudice, Brideshead Revisited and Carry On Jeeves?
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John Walsh begs to differ with a Stanford researcher and his computer program.

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20 Forgotten, Overlooked Classics By Women Writers Everyone Should Read - Bustle

20 Forgotten, Overlooked Classics By Women Writers Everyone Should Read
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The novels on the following list might not have the recognition of the old standby classics, but they certainly share the same type of bold originality, unforgettable characters, lyrical writing, and important social messages inherent in some of our most revered literary works. Unfortunately the publishing world has been as notoriously late to the diversity party as it has been to the gender-equalization celebration, which means that there are loads of incredibly talented women writers whose work has been passed by and pooh-poohed for centuries.

 

So get ready to be amazed, enlightened, inspired, and educated by these forgotten and overlooked masterpieces by women writers. Reading them will change you, just like a true literary classic should.


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Famed literary boat getting $2M makeover in Port Townsend - KOMO News

Famed literary boat getting $2M makeover in Port Townsend - KOMO News | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Famous authors can make their boats famous too: Hemingway, Darwin, Cousteau, even Humphrey Bogart. Famous boats often fall into disrepair before a resurrection.

 

Such is the case in Port Townsend, where they are getting started on a $2 million restoration of "The Western Flyer" on which John Steinbeck wrote "The Log of the Sea of Cortez."

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A Story That Could Only Be Told Online - The Atlantic

A Story That Could Only Be Told Online - The Atlantic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Homestuck is one elaborate, self-referencing inside joke collapsed in a truly digital narrative.

 

But then he created Homestuck, and with it, a new kind of storytelling on the web. Homestuck tells the story of a group of online friends who start playing a video game that both dooms their world and creates a new one. From a narrative standpoint, Homestuck has roots in participatory stories like Choose Your Own Adventure and early role-playing games. But as Hussie’s legions of fans would see—the site regularly sees upwards of 1 million unique visitors a day—Homestuck was and is something different.

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Ben Lerner, 10:04 & The Death Of “Silence” - The Quietus

Ben Lerner, 10:04 & The Death Of “Silence” - The Quietus | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Tom Evans considers the concept of silence, the relationship between artist and audience — author and reader — and the notion of collectivity, through the lens of Ben Lerner's 10:04.

 

The epigraph of the novel, taken from Walter Benjamin, is a Hasidic parable of how the world to come will be just like this one, only a little different. Totaled art; scarcity of goods during a crisis; Donald Judd sculptures seen against a desert backdrop rather than the white wall of a Manhattan gallery: all involve slight perceptual modifications. The novel is all about delicate shifts. Alien context, Lerner implies, entails greater proprioceptivity. And the inevitable question arises: what other kinds of perceptual shifts might there be and what socio-economic implications might they have?

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‘My solution to depression was never medical. What ultimately helped me was time’

‘My solution to depression was never medical. What ultimately helped me was time’ | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Novelist Matt Haig on family, writing and his recovery from depression
• Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig – extract
Why did it take you 15 years to get the courage to write about depression?
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The Case of Georges Simenon - New York Times

The Case of Georges Simenon - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

In many ways, the Maigrets were a sort of comfort food — the books that Simenon wrote to recover from the physical and psychological stress of writing his better, and far less comforting, novels. In these non-Maigret “thrillers,” often referred to as the romans durs (but to most aficionados known simply as the “Simenons”), the central, usually male character is lured from the stultifying cocoon of himself — and his suburban, oppressively Francophile (and often mother-dominated) life — into a wider, vertiginous world of sexual and philosophical peril, where violence, whether it occurs or only threatens to occur, feels like too much freedom coming at a guy far more quickly than he can handle.

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Reading Addict: The Scientific Effects Of A Damn Good Book On Your Brain

Reading Addict: The Scientific Effects Of A Damn Good Book On Your Brain | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
This is your brain; this is your brain on books.

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Han Solo Shot First - The Atlantic

Han Solo Shot First - The Atlantic | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The surprising significance of past tense, present tense, and everything in between on Wikipedia
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