Friday, July 17, 2009

Literary Thursday

Hello, readers.

Today finds me still in Oxford. Did have a conversation with someone in British Columbia about teaching in Korea, though. That was exciting. My preparation included thinking of questions as well as drinking tea and eating coffee cake. Hopefully, I spoke words at an understandable rate.

Of interest to people who like to read but are more interested in listening to authors talk:

Neil Gaiman discusses on NPR, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, his two-part love letter/graphic novel about Batman. It takes places at Batman's funeral. His old villains and friends tell different stories about him. It's mythic and sad and Alfred kicks a little ass--sort of, in a way, you'll see.

Also, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Raymond Chandler's death--I refuse to make any noir title puns here concerning big sleep or long goodbyes. You can learn of his until recently undiscovered cameo in Double Indemnity here, as well as listen to his interview with Ian Fleming, here. If it seems strange to you that a cameo by a famous author in a well-respected movie might go unnoticed for more than fifty years I direct your attention to candy corn, which people continue to eat despite the fact that it neither resembles corn, nor particularly tastes like candy. Some things are inexplicable.

Of interest to people who like to read and/or are interested in the awesomeness of my friends, please note two stories written by one Anya Groner which have been published in the latest issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and can be read at Flatmancrooked, respectively. One story is about a young girl who is kidnapped by a magician. The other about the oddities of sex. Both are charmingly grotesque. Enjoy.

Happy almost, but not quite, Friday, readers.


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