Squaring the circle

A few items that have caught my interest tonight:

Pan’s Labyrinth, as recommended by Kimbofo of Reading Matters, is out on DVD. These days, I not only have to manage to obtain the DVD via competing requirements on the rental service, but also find an hour or two when I am not already supposed to be doing something else, and then beg for screen time– so not sure if I will be able to square all those circles. If I can, this is certainly one to watch.

Twitter: do we love it or hate it? Do I want to know what you are doing each second, and do you want to know what I’m currently up to? Can we even get it to work, owing to vast demand? What is it, anyway? Find out, courtesy of Bloggers Blog.

You have to be quick to ride the trends of the blogosphere, as they are here and gone in a day, but today’s fad is to ask whether you can predict Oprah’s next pick? Some links to posts attempting this feat are over at Zooba.

On a more serious note, the Tart of Fiction/Fictionbitch discusses the sale of first, second and third novels.  Money quote: "publishers are publishing more first novels than previously and cutting back on their mid-list authors".

Jennifer Rohn of LabLit (the science-in-fiction website) writes the first review that I’ve read of Nature Network: Is the world ready for MyLab? I’m probably biased, but from what I’ve seen so far, yes. (Jennifer thinks so, too.)

Despite the typo in the title, the post "Wandsworth to close public libraries" is one of the most depressing I’ve read for a while on the Good Library Blog — which, by definition, spends a lot of time and space on depressing posts.  So, turn secondary schools into gigantic institutions where nobody knows anyone else; close down the libraries; and then wonder why civilisation is threatened. Hmm.

Everyone is writing about bookstores closing down after mergers, HMV, Ottakars, Waterstones — now here is W H Smith eyeing up Borders for airport stores. Well, we already have branches of W H Smiths at all UK airports, so this can only mean yet more "rationalisation".

Let’s get back to something more worthwhile: reading and appreciation of books. How do you feel about about cheating?, asks Peter of Detectives beyond Borders. And, against expectations, Elaine of Random Jottings…. enjoyed last night’s Northanger Abbey on TV. I have taped it (or rather, someone in my house has, I hope — I have never learned how to "tape" onto DVDs), so clearly, a delight in store, once we can get everyone here and with the requisite 2 hours to spare. I think this is where I came in, so I will stop here and retire to bed with a good book.

7 thoughts on “Squaring the circle

  1. Maxine – it is a treat. I honestly think that Andrew Davis should be locked in a room somewhere and made to write dramatisations of every single classic book we can think of. I am 100% certain that if he had done the Mansfield Park last week, it would have been excellent. He is currently working on a Sense and Sensibility for the Beeb so that should be well worth waiting for.

  2. Interesting Elaine… I enjoyed “Mansfield Park” (admittedly it’s an age since I read it, so I’ve no idea how true to the book it was) – I thought Billie Piper and Blake Ritson were good together…

  3. Mark, my 13-year-old adored “Pan’s Labyrinth”; I liked it but found it much darker and more violent than I’d thought it would be (I do NOT like to see people being tortured, even if it’s acting); Alix (the 18-year-old) was grossed out; hub thought it was pretty good, but not worth of all the hype it got as best foreign film.
    But I’ll tell you what IS a great foreign film — I just saw it with a girlfriend a couple of nights ago — “Volver,” with Penelope Cruz. One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time — funny and tragic and not too surreal (as Almovodar sometimes gets).

  4. Yes, I very much enjoyed Volver too, Susan — so did Malcolm. Cathy watched it after us (as it was a DVD rental) and quite liked it, but not as much as Malcolm or I.

  5. Thanks for the link, Petrona! I returned the favor. Great blog, by the way. I’m adding it to my Bloglines!
    P.S. The new Oprah pick is Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD. Who knew?

Comments are closed.