Late last week, it was announced that James Franco would be directing a film adaptation of his favorite novel, Cormac McCarthyâ€™s Blood Meridian. Russell Crowe would star, and Scott Rudin would be among the producers. But within minutes, it was revealed that the filmmakers had not obtained the rights to the novel, and the project â€śfell apart.â€ť Lincoln Michel, the author of the story collection Upright Beasts, respects Francoâ€™s literary tastes (he has already created film versions of McCarthyâ€™s City of God, Faulknerâ€™s As I Lay Dying, and Steve Ericksonâ€™s Zeroville), but also seems relieved at Francoâ€™s failure, pointing out that Blood Meridian is probably unfilmable (both Tommy Lee Jones and Ridley Scott have abandoned attempts to adapt the book), and that â€śnone of [Francoâ€™s] literary adaptations have earned a score above 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.â€ť
In Menâ€™s Journal, Karl Ove Knausgaard tells an interviewer about one of his favorite contemporary writers: â€śI was reading Maggie Nelson when you came, and I just bought four books by her before we met. She’s so much better than anything I’ve read for a long, long time.â€ť
Greg Milner, the author of 2009â€™s Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music, is back with a new book, Pinpoint: How GPS Is Changing Technology, Culture, and Our Minds. The book cites recent breakthroughs in neuroscience suggesting that our brains come equipped with the ability to navigate space. â€śIf we do indeed have a kind of innate GPS,â€ť Milner writes in an excerpt, â€śwhat happens to our brains as we transition into a world where these kinds of calculations are unnecessary, when GPS does it all for us?â€ť
Novelist Lydia Millet pays homage to Dr. Seussâ€™s The Lorax: â€śWhat makes The Lorax such a powerful fable is partly its shamelessness. It pulls no punches; it wears its teacher heart on its sleeve.â€ť
Slate has asked readers to vote on which book should be the next focus of its Year of Great Books club. The shortlist is: My Antonia, Swannâ€™s Way, Mrs. Dalloway, and War and Peace. You can vote here.
Jean Steinâ€™s Edie, Tom Spanbauerâ€™s The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Joan Didionâ€™s Play It as It Lays: Ten books that influenced performer and TangoÂ authorÂ Justin Vivian Bond.
Tonight in New York, at the Kitchen, Cecilia Corrigan, Lynne Tillman, and Jackie Wang will read from their contributions to the new chapbook anthology Say Bye to Reason and Hi to Everything.