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Easy Rawlins is coming back

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 5, 2011 - 11:36 AM


Good news for mystery lovers:


Walter Mosley has a three-book deal with Doubleday, including two more novels featuring the Los Angeles detective played by Denzel Washington in the film version of "Devil in a Blue Dress."

Doubleday announced Wednesday that it will publish the first new Easy Rawlins book in 2013.

Other Rawlins books include "Black Betty" and "Gone Fishin.'"

The most recent Rawlins novel, "Blonde Faith," came out in 2007 and was supposedly the last in the series.

Mosley’s great when he isn’t doing weird sci-fi style books, but the Rawlins books were always the best; the non-Rawlins books were fine but you just kept wanting Easy to be the main character. It’s an author’s curse: you get locked into a particular world, and everyone wants you do the same thing again and again with the same characters, even if you killed them off. I suspect the new books will fit in between the old ones, as Easy was getting up there, and Easy without kids gave the stories a lone-wolf aspect that got lost when he was fretting over whether Jesus would ever talk.

Interesting recent interview, here. I liked this:

Mosley discounts his output. It sounds impressive, he suspects, simply because modern writers don't produce the way their predecessors did.

"Balzac and Zola wrote hundreds of titles," he said. "Conrad wrote and wrote in English, which wasn't his first language. And (Dickens') 'Bleak House' is all my books in one."

That’s from a guy who’s written more than 30 books.

"Shining" sequel news

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 28, 2011 - 4:36 PM

If you’re Stephen King reading the internet this morning, this would make you put your boot through the computer screen:

Heeeeeeeere's a sequel.


Stephen King is writing a follow-up to his 1977 horror classic "The Shining."


The new book, "Dr. Sleep," "includes a traveling group of vampires called The Tribe," according to the author's website. "Dr. Sleep" is apparently coming along well enough that the author read a selection from it during an appearance at George Mason University this past weekend.

King doesn’t like the movie version of his book. Really doesn’t like it. Pity for those who like both, and wish these crazy kids would kiss and make up over it. But that still doesn’t mean you have to rub King’s nose in it, do you? The “Heeeeeere’s Johnny” reference was made up on the set by Nicholson. So the article is using a line King didn’t write in a movie he didn’t like to set up a story about a book with a character from “The Shining.” Okay.


Leaving aside that the movie version was really Kubrick’s apology for helping to fake the moon landing - yes, that’s one theory, popular with people who also believe in lizards that live underground and control humanity - there’s the theory about the movie’s impossible architecture:



By using impossible architecture, the movie disorients the viewer, increases the sense of dread and fear. Kubrick was brilliant, but how much of this could simply be chalked up to shooting in different locations or coming out a different door and hoping the audience didn’t notice? If I recall my initial impressions of the movie, the sense of disorientation came not from the architecture, but things like half-second shots of creepy twins, or rotten old dead ladies coming out of the bathtub. Stuff like that. But it’s a fascinating take on the movie. The second part is here.


See what happened? Started talking about King, ended up talking about Kubrick. Happens all the time with this book.

Blockbuster vs. Netflix: Round 2

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 7, 2011 - 4:18 PM


A closing Blockbuster store in April 2011.


A skeptic would ask how well this turned out the first time. But Dish Network will roll out its subscription streaming-movie service next month under the Blockbuster name, according to a Bloomberg News report on Ad Age.

Apparently, when Blockbuster went into bankruptcy, Dish bought up the assets, with an eye on Blockbuster's streaming abilities. One improvement on the last Blockbuster-Netflix battle, according to the Bloomberg source: The new Blockbuster service is aimed to debut just as Netflix's reviled price increases go into effect. Game on!

Tot model mum fires back

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: August 10, 2011 - 3:04 PM

We didn’t mention this story before, because it’s creepy: Vogue Paris put out an issue with pictures of ten-year-old girls dressed up in haughty, pouty, seductive clothes. Ugh. Tthe Telegraph:

If anyone did not catch the visually stunning, tastefully questionable, fashion shoot starring young girls in heavy make-up, high heels and couture gowns, which Tom Ford art directed for Vogue Paris last year (the one insiders suggest sounded the death knell for former editrix Carine Roitfeld's tenure at the fashion bible), the controversy surrounding the young models is still rumbling on.


The mother of 10-year-old French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau, one of the young stars of the shoot, has spoken out about the controversy blaming a "bad personn in usa [sic]" for drawing attention to her daughter.


The fuss surrounding the shoot reignited in the US last week after television show Good Morning America revisited the Vogue Paris shoot during a debate over the sexualisation of young girls, leading the young girl's parents - reporter-turned-fashion designer Véronika Loubry and soccer player Patrick Blondeau - to close down their daughter's official Facebook page yesterday.

Ready for the mother’s defense? Here we go:

"hey guys im the mum of thylane something going 's wrong at the moment with thylane and bad personn in usa about pictures she make's 8 months ago for vogue ,,thylane doesn't know about the buzz and i want to protect her from the deapest of my heart ,,, she's so young ,, so we are going to close this accompte for a while ,,i know all of you are good person who like her so i send you a big kiss,,thanks for all of the above, obviously."

She wants to protect her daughter, and she also wants to tart her up and sell her to photographers. Got it.

No fourth "Dragon Tattoo" book

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: August 4, 2011 - 1:46 PM


Disappointment at the publisher’s house, no doubt. Digitalspy says:


Eva Gabrielsson had previously said that there may be a fourth script of an unreleased novel, but has now revealed that Larsson had not written enough for a complete story.

"There's the beginning of a fourth novel," she told BBC Radio 4. "I would estimate it to be about 200 pages, given what I saw in late August during our last vacation, and given what I knew of Stieg's workload in his last two months.

 "It probably doesn't hang together. Stieg was a spontaneous writer, he could write scenes and not knit them together until later on - he just liked the scene. You can't call it a novel."

Perhaps this means that interminable IKEA shopping list scene in the second book was written as a standalone piece, then shoehorned into the story because he thought it was so good. It also explains the first part of the second book, which had nothing to do with anything that came afterwards. But this doesn’t mean someone else couldn’t pump up the fragments into a fourth book. Lots of hacking and typing and additional exploits of a Crusading Magazine Writer and more anti-social monotonal remarks from Lisbeth, a scene where she beats up someone twice her size, lots of Secret Perversion of nasty powerful men, and there you go. Did I mention hacking? There has to be lots of hacking. 

(Note: didn't read the third. Thought the first was great. Thought the second was a mess.)

Rosie O'Donnell is roaring back

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: August 1, 2011 - 9:03 AM



Set your Tivos:

Rosie O'Donnell said Thursday her upcoming daily talk show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel would blend celebrity chat, game shows, news topics and a big dose of her own brand of humor.

As for controversy? Well, maybe.

"We are going to have a controversy segment," the often outspoken O'Donnell deadpanned. "No, we're not!"

 "We are not going to look for controversy, but should it be germane to what is happening in the world, I am sure we will bring up current events," she added.

Translation: Oprah probably told her not to do shows about how the government was behind 9/11. Nevertheless, she thinks it’s going to work:

"I think the reason for my success is that I am not aspirational, but inspirational because people relate to me because I am not Madonna."

"I am more the is at home going 'if I could only be Rosie O'Donnell, an overweight lesbian who yells too much," she joked.

Don’t miss today’s “Unfaithful” marathon on the OWN channel, starting at 11. Seven hours of stories about people cheating. Episode 4:

Under immense pressure to take care of his wife Julie and their growing family, Jay seeks the attention of another woman. Bob is unable to comfort Cathy after the death of her close friend. Distraught, Cathy turns to another man for emotional support.

It’s like Lifetime, now fortified with Oprah!


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