July 27, 2018

Shirley Jackson

Paramount Pictures is planning a feature film adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, with a screenplay by Jake Wade Wall. Producer Frank Marshall told Deadline: “I liked what Jake was doing in developing it and bringing up to the present day. It’s has a dystopian, Handmaid’s Tale feel about it, which makes it very timely. And, it has a great twist at the end.”

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is on a book tour. It’s off to a rough start.

The Overstory author Richard Powers talks to The Guardian about sci-fi, life-changing books, and the shame he feels for not having read The Grapes of Wrath. “I mean, really,” he said. “You call yourself an American novelist?”

In an off-the-record meeting at New York magazine, Jonathan Chait said that part of him was glad that Trump won the election. He went on to describe a feeling of disassociation from Trump’s antics, and speculate that  “maybe that makes me a sociopath.” Chait comments quickly went on the record, as “half a dozen” staffers reported what he said to the Huffington Post. Chait wrote to HuffPo to clarify, saying his remarks “were intended for an audience which, I assume, was familiar with my work and the obvious seriousness with which I take politics in general and Trump in particular.”

Tonight at Books are Magic in Brooklyn, Jeremiah Moss will discuss his book Vanishing New York.

 

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