Quickies

  • The Seoul International Forum of Literature begins this week. Among the dignitaries attending are Kenzaburo Oe, Orhan Pamuk and Margaret Drabble.
  • A local movie theatre in Australia seats just 22 people and is well in the running for the world’s smallest cinema. If I had to be an usher, I wouldn’t mind cleaning the minor mess. If I had to be a movie theatre manager, I’d welcome the easy challenge of selling out a show. But if I had to be a moviegoer here, I’d hope there was enough legroom.
  • The Shusters, a new comic book award handed out to Canadians, were handed out on Saturday. There’s just one problem: it’s not too difficult to be a Canadian under the rules. Joe Matt, for example, is Canadian because he lived there for 12 years. Next thing we know, anyone who’s ever ordered spaghetti at Mrs. Vanellis will be considered one of Canada’s own.
  • Carson McCullers is still being appreciated in Ohio Georgia. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Gag removed, as idiot editor mixed up Ohio with Georgia. Thanks, Matt!]
  • I’m all for free expression, but I have to ask: Video games have literary value? If there’s a metaphor in getting repeatedly fragged by a fifteen year old, I’d like to know. Better arguments, folks.
  • Can a name shape a child’s destiny? Why, yes. Just ask anyone with a twenty syllable first name.
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  1. It’s actually Columbus, Georgia that is celebrating Carson McCullers, not Columbus, Ohio. But, yes, Georgia is very proud of McCullers, despite the fact that she couldn’t wait to get out of the state (I can sympathize) and succeeded (albeit temporarily) at age 17.

  2. I must say you are incorrect on the residency rules for the Shuster Awards. To be eligible for a Shuster one has to be a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents will be considered… but very strictly. If Joe Matt released a book while living here and had become a Canadian citizen or applied and received permanent residence status he might qualify, but he would first need to be nominated and then we would have to contact him about specifics before announcing his nomination.

  3. Matt: Thanks for the correction. Must drink coffee before collating links.

    Kevin: First off, I thought you’d have a greater sense of humor about broadening the awards’ definitions of what it is to be Canadian.

    But since you are so stringent on this point, I should point out that Joe Matt was born in Philadelphia on September 3, 1963 and only stayed in Toronto for a number of years, before moving BACK to Philadelphia. If you, as one of the awards organizers, couldn’t even contact Drawn & Quarterly or one of Matt’s people to confirm his status as Canadian citizen BEFORE nominating him, and if this is such an important point, then you folks need to get more professional.

    Then again, as I implied with the post, it’s sort of nice to see an award without such rigid definitions. Your call, I suppose.

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  1. I can see it now:

    Good V.S.: Paul Theroux sucks.

    Bad V.S.: Totally.

    [Exeunt.]

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  1. If that’s cheese, then fromage me, baby. I’m already on Amazon for that fucking book.

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Quickies

The Globe and Mail excerpts Atwood’s 2004 Kenserton Lecture. She speaks on how Orwell has influenced her and her own personal dystopia taxonomy, seen in Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake.

Updates on literary film adaptations: Colin Farrell starring in A Home at the End of the World, Kirsten Dunst as Sugar in The Crimson Petal and the White (with Curtis Hanson directing), Julianne Moore as Burroughs’ mom in Running with Scissors, and, perhaps the most apt matchup for safe-and-sane mediocrity, Ron Howard and Akiva Goldman behind The Da Vinci Code.

The Oreganian covers a local reading contest. Apparently, Sue Gatton read 482 books and 157,672 pages in one year. Unfortunately, Gatton’s too busy reading that she doesn’t have the time to summarize her thoughts on the books.

And Kurt Vonnegut’s promoting Linux!

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