Thursday, October 27, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Sometimes it sure seems like I'm living in a Philip K. Dick novel.
If anyone had asked me a week ago whether I had ever read "The Great Gatsby," I would have unhesitatingly answered in the affirmative. Sure, sure -- Nick, Daisy, Tom, Jay, Long Island, American Dream, the optometrist's sign, the garage owner with the gun, boats against the current borne ceaselessly into the past. I know the drill. I definitely had to read Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night" in high school, but I remember reading "Gatsby" on my own initiative during college, probably during a summer vacation when I was working horrible hours for the U.S. Postal Service.
So why, as I read "Gatsby" this week, did it seem familar in outline but completely new in most of its particulars? Granted, it has to have 25 years since I last picked it up, but shouldn't I have recognized more from it -- Owl-Eyes, James Gatz's befuddled father, the queasy depiction of the Jewish gangster? Why did the novel seem like a completely fresh reading experience?
Have I been fooling myself all these years and never read more of "Gatsby" than the Mad Magazine parody of the ill-fated movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow? What other books am I deluded about?
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Also, The Royal Court Theatre has announced that it will produce "Rock 'n Roll," a new play by Tom Stoppard, to be directed by Trevor Nunn.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Olympos,The Big Over Easy, WE3
Magic for Beginners, From the Files of the Time Rangers, Promethea Vol. 5, Old Twentieth
Peeps, The Lightning Thief, The Dance of the Assassins
Eldest, Anansi Boys, Fledgling
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
In the Night Room, The Stupidest Angel, Hawke's Harbor
Going Postal, The Dry Salvages, The Originals and 1602
The Family Trade, Reflex, Old Man's War and Bone
The Mysteries and Market Forces
Phantom Nights, Here, There & Everywhere and Heart of Whitenesse