Does the world need a new Winnie-the-Pooh book? More than 80 years after Christopher Robin grew up and headed away to school saying “Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever,” the beloved saga continues with “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood,” hitting bookstores next week. The book, which got the green light from the Trustees of Pooh Properties, was written by David Benedictus. It better not suck.
Travis McGee is my favorite fictional character and I can’t picture Leonardo DiCaprio playing John D. MacDonald’s legendary Florida adventurer. Too scrawny. McGee, the hero of 21 novels from 1964-84, was a tough guy, a man’s man. But why quibble. The good news is that Travis McGee is getting another chance at movie stardom with DiCaprio reportedly attached to star in a planned 2010 film adaptation of “The Deep Blue Good-Bye,” the first of MacDonald’s capers. Who remembers Rod Taylor hopeless as McGee in 1970′s “Darker Than Amber?” Anybody? Maybe that’s the point. Most of today’s moviegoers probably have never heard of Travis McGee, and with DiCaprio on the project, a new generation of readers will discover one of the great crime series of all time.
The National Book Awards are giving the readers the vote. Organizers of the prestigious literary prize are asking the public to choose the best fiction winner in the awards’ 60-year history.
The six finalists, announced Monday by the National Book Foundation, are:
- “The Stories of John Cheever”
- Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”
- William Faulkner’s “Collected Stories”
- “The Complete Stories” of Flannery O’Connor
- Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity Rainbow”
- “The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty”
Starting Monday, through Oct. 21, votes can be cast through the Web site http://www.nbafictionpoll.org. The winner will be announced Nov. 18.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is envied across the world for its incomparable permanent collection. Containing more than two million works of art from cultures in every nook and cranny of the globe, the Met has undoubtedly established itself as one of the top museum destinations of our time. In particular, one of the largest departments at The Meet is European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, housing roughly 50,000 individual works from the 1400′s through the early twentieth century. As for the more modern chunk of the collection, you may ask: How did these artifacts survive the devastation of World War II? How did these pieces of European heritage land in New York City? This begs yet another question, who brought them here?
Robert M. Edsel is here to satisfy our curiosity. In his new book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, Edsel follows the stories of the men and women whose primary task was to help find, recover and preserve the artistic cultural legacy of Europe during and following WWII. These men and women had little to no authority and were few in numbers, yet they managed to secure and protect invaluable works of art, including those of Rembrandt, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. As Edsel notes, however, these soldiers were not simply trying to rescue stolen art, they were also fighting to preserve the local European culture that was rapidly being destroyed in war-torn Europe.
Despite being centered around WWII and the Nazi’s brutal practices and ideologies, The Monuments Men is unlike any other historical account of this period in world history. The obvious reason being that these people and their mission have been overshadowed by the larger atrocities that occurred at this time. But what makes this book especially unique is the style in which it is written. Half Hollywood blockbuster, half tear-jerking tale of horror, this book is its own species. (more…)
Check out this self published book that Design Director of the Obama campaign, Scott Thomas has created.
…a chronicle of the art from the historic campaign. Get the inside story on how design was used by the campaign, and scope out the pieces, created unofficially, by grassroots supporters. The 360-page book is full-color and hardbound, highly crafted with an embossed sleeve. Forewords written by Steven Heller and Michael Bierut.
So how does Dan Brown do it? The writer of “The Lost Symbol” told Matt Lauer on “The Today Show” that he does his best work at 4 a.m. and if he’s suffering from writer’s block, will put on gravity boots like Richard Gere wore in the movie “Gigilo” and hang upside down.
“The boots are a trick because not only do they increase circulation in your head, but you think differently upside down.”
Besides the usual Fall TV premieres and cool weather, here are some other things we think are awesome; September 2009.
Neil Patrick Harris as Emmys host
The popular and funny “How I Met Your Mother” star revived the Tonys this year, and is the man to rescue Sunday’s Emmys following last year’s terrible five reality show hosts fiasco.