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New Leaf Runoff vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

This is a runoff vote to select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. Vote for one. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Patricia Highsmith, Britain, Italy, Book Clubs, Gibraltar, John Le Carre, Times, Henry James, Mediterranean, James, Vladimir Nabokov, Tom Ripley, Tom


Vanessa Redgrave, daughter Joely Richardson team in new film

LONDON (AP) — She first saw the play as a child, when her famous father adapted it from a Henry James novella and played the male lead. Decades later, Vanessa Redgrave acted the role of Miss Tina on stage. More time has passed, and now she is playing the forbidding grande dame Juliana Bordereau in […]
Tags: London, Movies, News, Entertainment, Ap, Nation, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry James, Tina, Joely Richardson, Juliana Bordereau


New Leaf Vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, England, New York, London, Patricia Highsmith, Australia, China, Germany, India, US, Frankfurt, Britain, Italy


‘Turn of the Screw’ TV Series Headed to Freeform, With a Modern Day Setting

Henry James’ gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw will be adapted into a new TV series for Freeform. So far, so good, right? Not so fast! The adaptation will also be set in modern times, which takes a little wind out of the story’s old school gothic scares. The new Turn of the Screw TV series will focus on a nanny who heads to a job on a picturesque island, only to discover possible supernatural forces. Deadline broke the news about the Turn of the Screw TV series. The series will hai...
Tags: Television, Movies, Horror, Netflix, Sony Pictures Television, Henry James, Freeform, Elena, Berman, McNally, Bainbridge Island, Deborah Kerr, Shirley Jackson, Hill House, Mike Flanagan, Josh Berman


Freeform Developing Series Based on The Turn of the Screw

Freeform developing series based on The Turn of the Screw Deadline reports that Freeform is developing a new series adaptation based on author Henry James’ 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw. The supernatural series will be set in the modern times with Alexandra McNally (Under the Dome) set to pen the pilot’s script. RELATED: Showtime To Develop Horror Series Based On Scott Thomas’ Kill Creek The Turn of the Screw is co-created by McNally and Josh Berman (CSI). It is a twisty Gothic...
Tags: TV, Movies, Horror, Elizabeth Banks, Showtime, TV News, Sony Pictures Television, Henry James, Freeform, Patty, Elena, Berman, McNally, COLLIER, Bainbridge Island, Dome


On The Pleasures of Edward Gorey

Recently, I've been fixated on Edward Gorey. He has a new biography out by Mark Dery, and I admire Gorey because he was an uncompromising artist who never let others get too much in the way of his production. He somehow knew what to do, even if it was another nonsense book shaped by the alphabet or made up of limericks. By writing and drawing brief books, Gorey did as he pleased until the outside world caught up with him in the 1970s. He never seemed to cater to anyone, and one symptom of that ...
Tags: England, Movies, Henry James, Edward Gorey, Gorey, Dery, Mark Dery, The Film Doctor, Mallarme Gorey


Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Trailer for Venice Mystery 'The Aspern Papers'

"Don't try to pay me any compliments. I have been spoiled in this respect…" Cohen Media has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic drama-mystery titled The Aspern Papers, set in Venice, adapted from Henry James's 1888 novella of the same name. The story is about a passionate young writer who tries to obtain romance letters a poet sent to his mistress. He travels out to Venice and meets a suspicious elderly woman along with her quiet niece in their grand but dilapidated palazzo. St...
Tags: Movies, Trailer, Venice, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry James, Don, Indies, Juliana, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, To Watch, Cohen Media, Morgane Polanski


Does Becoming A More Expert Reader Increase Pleasure Of Reading?

Does one kind of literature afford a more refined pleasure than another kind? Can we compare the pleasure induced by Virginia Woolf with, say, that induced by Agatha Christie? Is “Casey at the Bat” potentially less (more) enjoyable than Keats’s “Ode to Autumn”? Is the pleasure of reading Henry James similar to that of reading George Eliot? At what point does a story’s eloquence or lack of it begin to affect people in the same way? – American Scholar
Tags: Art, Words, Agatha Christie, Henry James, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Keats, Winter 2018


Horror Glasgow, Ellen: Whispers in the Dark (collected ghosts). v1. 09 Dec 2018

WHISPERS IN THE DARK The Ghost Stories of ELIZABETH GLASGOW (1873–1945) Four stories set in the American South, influenced, perhaps, by Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe. “The Shadowy Third” is the spirit of a dead child who is visible only to sensitive persons; scientifically-minded people never see her. “Dare’s Gift” tells of a house haunted by the spirit of treachery, which corrupts its inhabitants. In “The Past,” Vanderbridge’s first wife returns to haunt him and his second wife. In “Whisper...
Tags: Books, Kindle Books, Glasgow, Henry James, South, Elizabeth, Edgar Allen Poe, South During, Glasgow Ellen, Vanderbridge, Ellen Anderson Gholson, Virginian Glasgow


Mangled Body and Depraved Soul: On the Corporeal and the Spiritual in the Works of Edgar Allan Poe

None Reviled by some (T.S. Eliot and Henry James among others) as lacking in seriousness and skill, consigned by others to the rank of "children's author" alongside Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson, and revered by others (primarily the French decadents such as Charles Baudelaire but also Walt Whitman) for his penchant for the lurid, the sickly, and the accursed, Edgar Allan Poe remains a troubling figure for American literature. Despite the philosophical heft brought to readings of some of...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hollywood, Poetry, Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Price, Stories, Charles Dickens, John, Annie, Mark Twain, Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James, Aristotle, Poe


5 Horror Movies Based On Books With Different Titles

5 Horror Movies Based On Books With Different Titles Movie titles matter. Just because a film is adapted from a work of literature doesn’t mean it gets to keep its title.  Nothing Lasts Forever just doesn’t pack the same action-blockbuster title punch as Die Hard, but b oth Roderick Thorp’s 1979 novel and its 1988 film adaptation tell the story of off-duty NYPD officer John McClane who thwarts the diabolical plans of German terrorist Hans Gruber in a Los Angeles skyscraper on Christmas Eve...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Stephen King, Los Angeles, Roger Ebert, King, Henry James, Clive Barker, Bruce Willis, John Carpenter, Frank, Carpenter, John McClane, Hans Gruber, Gerald, Sabrina


Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady

Perfume PosseFrédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady So in one of my freebie bags was a sample of Malle’s Portrait of a Lady, a 2010 release created by Dominique Ropion. It’s a rose scent that was named after a Henry James novel (That I read eons ago…)… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseFrédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady
Tags: Beauty, Henry James, Frederic Malle, Malle, Dominique Ropion, Frédéric Malle Portrait


Julian Gough's Playlist for His Novel "Connect"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Julian Gough's novel Connect is propulsive and ambitious, one of the most thought-provoking books of the year. Booklist wrote of the book: "Connect imagines a world of systems wit...
Tags: Amazon, Music, Berlin, America, Fbi, Stephen Malkmus, Body, David, Ireland, Cameroon, David Bowie, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kate Bush, Times, Brian Eno, Wilhelm Reich


"The Nation Magazine Betrays a Poet — and Itself/I was the magazine’s poetry editor for 35 years. Never once did we apologize for publishing a poem."

Writes Grace Shulman (in the NYT).We followed a path blazed by Henry James, who in 1865 wrote a damning review of Walt Whitman’s “Drum Taps,” calling the great poem “arrant prose.” Mistaken, yes, but it was James’s view at the time. And it was never retracted....Last month, the magazine published a poem by Anders Carlson-Wee. The poet is white. His poem, “How-To,” draws on black vernacular.Following a vicious backlash against the poem on social media, the poetry editors, Stephanie Burt and Carme...
Tags: Law, Censorship, Poetry, Narcissism, Henry James, James, Apologies, The Nation, Whitman, Walt Whitman, Katha Pollitt, Political correctness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Stephanie Burt, Grace Shulman


Henry James, Failed Playwright

He was trying to fix an issue with diminishing royalties from his novels, but when Guy Domville was produced in London, chaos ensued: “James made it backstage for the closing minutes. He heard both the sneers from the gallery and the enthusiastic applause from the stalls. When Alexander took his curtain call, Henry’s friends in the audience began shouting ‘Author, author!,’ and the unnerved actor took James by the hand and led him onstage. A civil war ensued.”
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Henry James, James, Alexander, Henry, 08.03.18, Guy Domville


How Oscar Wilde got his big break

In the late 1870s, when he was still a student, Oscar Wilde gathered his college friends for a late night chat in his Oxford room. The conversation was drifting to serious topics. “You talk a lot about yourself, Oscar,” one of them said, “and all the things you’d like to achieve. But you never say what you’re going to do with your life.” The punch bowl was empty, the tobacco had been smoked, and the lights were turned down low. “What are you going to do?” the friend asked. Wilde turned solemn. T...
Tags: Books, England, London, Featured, US, America, Britain, United States, Ireland, Liverpool, Arizona, Oxford, Oscar, Cambridge, Literature, Biography


Writing Well: Editors.

I have performed the necessary butchery. Here is the bleeding corpse. --Henry James (1843-1916), after a request by the Times Literary Supplement to cut 3 lines from a 5,000 word article.
Tags: Henry James, Times Literary Supplement


Peter Coviello's Playlist for His Memoir "Long Players"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Peter Coviello's Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs is a bold and poignant memoir innovatively held together by its music. Kirkus wrote of the book: "A heartfelt and hyp...
Tags: Music, Chicago, Austin, Sufjan Stevens, David, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Stevie Nicks, Illinois, ANN, Jay, Thomas Pynchon, D'angelo, Henry James, George Eliot, Frank Ocean


Prize-Winning Novelist Philip Roth Dies At 85

NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of “Portnoy’s Complaint” to the elegiac lyricism of “American Pastoral,” died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said the author died in a New York City hospital of congestive heart failure. The author of more than 25 books, Roth was a fierce satirist and uncompromising realist, confronting readers in a bold, direct style that scorn...
Tags: Europe, New York, News, Australia, White House, Germany, New York City, America, Ap, Pennsylvania, House, New Jersey, Paris, Philip Roth, University Of Chicago, Newark


The Turning

A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. A modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw".
Tags: Religion, Henry James


Universal and Amblin Date The Turning, A Dog’s Journey, and Bios

Universal and Amblin date The Turning, A Dog’s Journey, and Bios Universal Pictures has revealed the release dates for three upcoming projects: DreamWorks Pictures’ The Turning will open on Friday, February 22, 2019; Amblin Entertainment’s A Dog’s Journey will open on Friday, May 17, 2019; and Amblin Entertainment’s Bios will open on Friday, October 2, 2020. The Turning For more than 100 years, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences. Next February, DreamWorks Pictu...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Tom Hanks, Brooklyn, Maine, Dreamworks, Kate, Henry James, Universal Pictures, Amblin Partners, Gavin Polone, Finch, Flora, Walden Media, Bala, Zemeckis


Swan Down Powdery Softness: Guerlain Météorites (2000)

Few things in life are as cute as a proper, retro powder tin, full with fragrant product and its romantic packaging that might have come out of a Henry James novel. Beautiful women with long necks and long hair sitting in front of their vanity, puffing their skin with loose powder in slow big swipes is as iconic as the close-ups of Cecille B.de Mille's on Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. And t... Read full article: Swan Down Powdery Softness: Guerlain Météorites (2000) from Fragrantica Perfu...
Tags: Fashion, Henry James, Sunset Boulevard, Norma Desmond, Cecille B De Mille


The Difference Between Culture And Civilization

People are usually sure that they’re living within a particular culture, but typically wonder if what they have is a civilization. It’s been that way since the days of Madame de Staël and Henry James, but the terms are still easily confused. The German historian Oswald Spengler considered civilization the teleological “inevitable destiny of culture.” […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Henry James, Oswald Spengler, Spring 2018


Joan Didion Creates a Handwritten List of the 19 Books That Changed Her Life

If you've read much Joan Didion, you've almost surely come across an observation or phrase that has changed the way you look at California, the media, or the culture of the late 20th century — or indeed, changed your life. But if life-changing writers have all had their own lives changed by the writers before them, which writers made Joan Didion the Joan Didion whose writing still exerts an influence today? Conveniently enough, the author of Play It as It Lays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and ...
Tags: Google, Books, London, California, College, Berlin, George Orwell, Paris, Literature, Joan Didion, John, Seoul, Henry James, Joyce Carol Oates, Samarra, Bethlehem


First Look at Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Joely Richardson in The Aspern Papers

First look at Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Joely Richardson in The Aspern Papers Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Vikings) and Joely Richardson (Maggie) star in the adaptation of The Aspern Papers and ARRI Media International has given us our first look at the upcoming period piece. Based on the novella by Henry James, the film from Summerstorm Entertainment and Princeps Films reunites The Tudors co-stars Meyers and Richardson who portrayed King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Parr, respectively (seen in the...
Tags: Movies, Venice, Henry James, Henry Viii, Efm, Cohen, Richardson, Meyers, Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Movie News, Gabriela Bacher, Summerstorm Entertainment, Catherine Parr, ARRI Media International


ARRI Media Boards Henry James Adaptation ‘The Aspern Papers’

ARRI Media International has boarded Henry James adaptation “The Aspern Papers” for international sales. The Munich-based sales company has also released a first-look image from the film, which is in post-production. The period drama, based on a novella by the celebrated U.S. author, stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Joely Richardson (pictured in the first-look image) […]
Tags: News, Global, Munich, Markets & Festivals, Henry James, Berlinale, Joely Richardson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Berlin International Film Festival, ARRI Media International, The Aspern Papers


A Feminist Adventure Unfolds When 'Celine and Julie Go Boating'

In the groundbreaking article Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (1975), Laura Mulvey employed the workings of psychoanalysis in order to theorise the power of the "male gaze" that was manifested in classical Hollywood films. The dynamics of this gendered gaze lay in the fact that meaningful point-of-view shots were invariably allocated to leading male characters during Hollywood's classical period. Mulvey thus argued that both male and female spectators were prompte...
Tags: Music, Comedy, Hollywood, Drama, France, Fantasy, Paris, BFI, Celine, Henry James, Francois Truffaut, Olivier, Julie, Bertolt Brecht, Booth, Jean Luc Godard


5 canon-breaking influences on modern literature

As a discipline, literature is vast, encompassing poetry, prose, and drama from across history, as well as the more modern disciplines of film and media studies. In the modern world, the idea of literature has taken on new meaning as new concepts and technologies have emerged with the changing culture. From internet memes and viral content, to ecocriticism and even the occasional zombie—enjoy a wander through a five captivating and eclectic topics in the world of literature. How are internet mem...
Tags: Books, Featured, Race, Zombies, Literature, George Romero, Richard Dawkins, Henry James, Popular culture, Internet Meme, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Oho, OBO, Frantz Fanon, Online products, Oxford Reference Online


Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard to Star in Horror Film The Turning

Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard to star in horror film The Turning According to Variety, Stranger Things and IT star Finn Wolfhard will stay the course in the horror genre by co-starring opposite Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049, The Martian) in Amblin’s haunted house film The Turning. Based on Henry James’s famous novella The Turn of the Screw (a source of several movie adaptations, including The Innocents), the story revolves around a young woman (Davis) who becomes the nanny of two orphan...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Davis, Chad, Alfre Woodard, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Henry James, Compton, Mackenzie Davis, Burns, Joan Jett, Hayes, Floria Sigismondi, ComingSoon, Movie News


‘Stranger Things’ Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film ‘The Turning’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Finn Wolfhard, best known for his star-making turn as Mike on “Stranger Things,” is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in Amblin’s haunted house film “The Turning.” Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct with Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee producing. In this adaptation of Henry James’s novella “The Turn of the Screw,” a young […]
Tags: News, Henry James, Mackenzie Davis, Mike, Floria Sigismondi, Roy Lee, Finn Wolfhard, Scott Bernstein, The Turning