It looks like that adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace will finally see the light of day. News originally broke in 2012 that Canadian actress and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley planned to adapt the historical fiction novel as a feature. According to a report from Deadline this week, the project has been greenlit by Netflix and the CBC as a six-hour miniseries. Polley remains attached as writer and producer with production expected to begin in Ontario in August.
Printing made the modern era possible by disseminating the books that opened new ways of thinking and encouraged new human aspirations. Today, on the other hand, the printing era shows signs of coming to an end.
The verdict is in: the series adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s Purity will go to Showtime and Daniel Craig will star. The post Showtime Picks Up Franzen’s Purity with Daniel Craig Attached appeared first on Signature Reads.
The question of whether the Beats have aged well is a lingering one, and it’s also one that will vary from reader to reader. The post The Beats, Revisited: The Shifting Legacy of a Literary Generation appeared first on Signature Reads.
It’s not often one gets the opportunity to take a course on a major literary movement taught by a founding member of that movement. Imagine sitting in on lectures on Romantic poetry taught by John Keats or William Wordsworth?
The female psyche has often been equated with an untamable wilderness. Freud called it the “dark continent,” and writers male and female have been parsing that theme for decades since. I tend toward the interpretation that the female psyche, like the natural world, has been subjected to an imperialist male gaze, bent on colonization and exploitation, for centuries, so when I read books in which the natural world plays an important role, I tune into the female characters. I look for the mirrors in the landscape, the parallel tracks; I listen for the echoes. Here are some of my favorite stories about women and wilderness.
My rule as a storyteller is that the structure of a story should reflect the content of a story. For example, in my new novel, Before the Fall, a private plane crashes into the Atlantic. Only two of the 13 passengers survive. Why the plane went down is a mystery. There are many ways to solve a mystery, but the method I chose was by solving the characters. I structured the book so that as you read the linear story following our two survivors, you find yourself jumping back in time for standalone chapters that delve into the lives of the other 11 passengers, both humanizing them and introducing clues and threats that may have made them targets for attack.
Mary Daniels Brown's insight:
A good look at the difference between plot and narrative structure.
The journey described in Heaney’s translation, like its Virgilian original, has both a personal and a political dimension. In the “Aeneid” the hero’s father, Anchises, whom Aeneas carried out of the burning city of Troy on his back, dies in Book III at Drepanum (Trapani), Sicily. With the help of the Cumaean Sibyl, Aeneas undertakes the frightening journey to visit him among the dead, both out of filial devotion and in order to gain a vision of his own epic posterity: the mythical descendants, culminating in the historical Augustus, who will establish the Roman Empire.
A 2003 study of children ages 10 to 15, published in the journal Child Development, revealed that best friendships between girls were both more fragile than those between boys and more devastating when they ended. Researchers posited that as female friendships occur more often in isolation than male friendships (stereotypically, a group of boys meets up to play basketball; girls stay up late whispering secrets in the dark), intimacy between girls is more vulnerable.
Meditation is all the rage right now – and one of our most beloved forms of literature is perfect for doing just that. The post Meditation Muse: Poetry as Substitute for Medication appeared first on Signature Reads.
Summer is a great time to travel – and what better inspiration for a warm-weather trip than a great book. The post Booked Trip: 9 Great Books to Inspire Summer Travel appeared first on Signature Reads.
“My daughter has proved to be cunning and manipulative—I couldn’t be more proud.” This loving adulation is spoken by Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) near the end of Whit Stillman’s fifth film, Love & Friendship, which chronicles the conniving successes of a widowed woman set on finding the perfect match for herself and her daughter. An adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s lesser known works, the novella Lady Susan, here Stillman has found his ideal match in the 18th century novelist: both revel in the gentle mockery of bourgeois social norms through the comedy of manners.
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