Links! News! Distractions!


  • I’ve written before about one of my favorite shows, LOST, and how naturally the redneck-disguised bookworm Sawyer is the best character.  Over at Jacket Copy, executive producers and writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse talk about their literary choices:

“It’s really more about the fact that we’ve been influenced by literature in the way we’ve shaped the show, and it’s a nod to that process,” said Lindelof, who is also co-creator. “We pick the books with a great deal of meticulous thought and specificity and talk about what the thematic implications of picking a certain book are, why we’re using it in the scene and what we want the audience to deduce from that choice.”

  • Very sad news for the family of one of the best poet’s to ever live. Sylvia Plath’s son, Nicholas Hughes, has committed suicide at the age of 47.
  • I usually have a hard time deciding whether I should be excited or nervous for a movie adaptation of one of my favorite books, but I’ve been looking forward to seeing “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” since they started filming it. The trailer is finally up over at The Elegant Variation.
  • My friend Tim Horvath’s short story, Circulation, has just been published as a novella by the good folks at sunnyoutside Press. It’s the finest kind of fiction, and features a librarian as the main character. I’m a sucker for books with bookish characters. Tim is a fan of Italo Calvino (clearly he has impeccable taste!), and the influence is notable in his writing.  If you live around seacoast New Hampshire, come hear Tim read at RiverRun Bookstore this Wednesday night (March 25th) at 7:30 PM with novelist Tom Paine and writer Clark Knowles.
  • I’ve officially registered to go to Book Expo America for the first time.  Can’t contain my excitement! Who else is going? The highlight of the weekend will be the author luncheon with Pat Conroy, Lorrie Moore, and other authors.  Lorrie Moore= writing goddess.
  • I love these images taken mostly at the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library, posted on the userslib blog.
  • I kind of want these felt Nerdy Glasses.
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5 Responses to Links! News! Distractions!

  1. Nicole says:

    I wish that I had gotten into Lost now that I see how tey have connected it so much with books. I think I feel asleep on the first episode and never made it back from there.

    I’m going to BEA for the first time this year and am really, really looking forward to it. Is it May yet?

  2. Tamara says:

    I am watching Season 4 of Lost this week! Also, I just wanted to say keep up the Amazing work! You are inspiring me to get my act together!

  3. Kim says:

    Thank you for the eyeglasses link, it’s the perfect fun item for my teenagers Easter baskets!

    Congrats on your new position (I know it the next post, but I’m already here.)

  4. readandbreathe says:

    Nicole, I’m looking forward to BEA as well! I really love your website. Just checked it out for the first time.

    Tamara, what do you think of Season 4?

    Kim, those eyeglasses are super fun. I bet they can be made as a fun arts & craft project at home for much cheaper than they are selling them for, though!

  5. Tamara says:

    I found season 4 to be confusing, but this maybe partially due to the fact that I haven’t watched Lost in almost two years. I will most likely re-rent it and re-watch it next month, after I’ve had time to process and theorize and speculate! =)

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