1. Carolyn "Pinky"
Kellogg is in Istanbul
! Nice to see a busy blogger getting away for a literary journey.
2. Arthur C. Clarke
has died. I mainly know of Clarke for living in Sri Lanka (and reporting from there
during the 2004 tsunami) and for co-writing an amazingly great movie with Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey
. I've also read the original Arthur C. Clarke short story that inspired this movie, "The Sentinel". This humble story only contained the short middle sequence in the film, the discovery of a sentinel (aka "the monolith") sending signals to Jupiter from a crater on the moon, and it contained no bone-thumping apes or Richard Strauss music, so I was always more impressed by the movie. I don't know a lot about Arthur C. Clarke but I think I'll be learning more in the next few days.
3. Bud Parr on Patrick Stewart as a Stalinesque Macbeth
4. I love the Morning News Tournament of Books
, our literary March Madness. I am rooting for Remainder
by Tom McCarthy to win, or if not that On Chesil Beach
. I'm un-rooting for Lethem and Ferris.
5. And, also on the Morning News ... speaking of movies that are better than their books, here's the Morning News on Movies That Are Better Than Their Books
. And they were nice enough to ask me to contribute one! I'll tell you, I had a hell of a time choosing anything over Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
, but I had to put this one ahead. Click in to find out what I picked. Hell of a movie.
6. Chasing Ray on Obama's speech
7. Where is Encyclopedia Brown now?
(via The Millions