- For a lesson in how to take a perfectly decent series and ruin it in the last installment, see X3. Or, rather, DON’T. Ugh.
- Last night we went with some visiting friends to the Paramount Theatre, where we saw The Maltese Falcon. I hadn’t seen it since I was little, and I’d forgotten how funny it is and how purely great Bogart is in it. T. thinks Peter Lorre’s Joel Cairo must have partly inspired Andy Serkis’s Gollum.
- I’ve added Perfect Stars to my blogroll, because everyone should appreciate its delightfulness. I like the Dorian Grey and Oscar Wilde strips the best, though they’re all lovely and weird.
- Via T.: Cate Blanchett is going to play Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’s next movie. A Todd Haynes film is probably one of the only things that could lead me to be interested in Bob Dylan — plus, you know, Cate Blanchett.
And finally, a book question: help me list novels set during the Great Depression in the US? So far we’ve come up with books by:
- Faulkner (As I Lay Dying, Snopes trilogy)
- Cormac McCarthy, part of the Border trilogy
- Philip Roth, The Plot Against America
- Frank Norris (whom I’ve never read)
- John Dos Passos, maybe? (again, I’ve never read him)
And, in light of my botheration about the NY Times list several weeks ago: can you point me toward any good novels set in the US Depression written by women?