This is the first promotional picture I have seen for the upcoming movie "Alatriste", starring the most wonderful actor in the world, Viggo Mortensen.

"A History of Violence" is almost, almost out on DVD, too. A combination of Cronenberg and Mortensen: how cool is that? The wait for Alatriste will continue awhile, sadly.

Mortensen’s excellent website, Perceval Press, is linked to on the right. You can buy his books (and other people’s) on this site, and also read a great selection of poetry and (mainly US) left-wing environmental journalism — if you live in the UK, it is a good source for Maureen Dowd, whose latest book "Are Men Necessary?" (love the title!) is not yet available here. There are also links to lots of liberal-cultural websites. No rss feed, though, sadly.