4 items from 2013
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) is a brilliant, sprawling, layered and unsentimental portrayal of contemporary China. It made me think and laugh. I also love Dave Eggers' The Circle (Hamish Hamilton), which is a sharp-eyed and funny satire about the obsession with "sharing" our lives through technology. It's convincing and a little creepy.
By strange coincidence two of the most intriguing art books I read this year had the word "Breakfast" in their titles. They were Breakfast with Lucian by Geordie Greig (Jonathan Cape) and Breakfast at Sotheby's by Philip Hook (Particular). Greig's fascinating, intimate biography of Lucian Freud was a revelation. Every question I had about Freud – from the aesthetic to the intrusively gossipy – was »
- Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Franzen, Mohsin Hamid, Tom Stoppard, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, William Boyd, Bill Bryson, Shami Chakrabarti, Sarah Churchwell, Antonia Fraser, Mark Haddon, Robert Harris, Max Hastings, Philip Hensher, Simon Hoggart, AM Homes, John Lanchester, Mark Lawson, Robert Macfarlane, Andrew Motion, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver, Helen Simpson, Colm Tóibín, Richard Ford, John Gray, David Kynaston, Penelope Lively, Pankaj Mishra, Blake Morrison, Susie Orbach
The grassy knoll. The book depository. Any further description of the location is superfluous. We know where we are, and when. Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963: the scene of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. History assumes mythic proportions when its very familiarity requires no further explanation or scene-setting; when it provides instead a well-signposted point of departure for artistic creativity. The matter of Dallas has been as resonant in the fiction and film of the past half century as the story of the Trojan war was in the literature of classical antiquity. Only Hitler and the Nazis rival its influence on the modern imagination.
Yet the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination will not be marked by consensus. »
Based on Kevin Powers' National Book Award Finalist novel, the story details the experiences of a young American solider during the American-led war in Iraq, in particular what happens following the death of his friend in the Nineveh province in 2004.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Producer and publisher Jeffrey Sharp has teamed with writer/director and financier Jim Kohlberg to launch Story Mining & Supply Co, an La-based production company that starts with development and overhead funding. They will acquire and develop for multiple platforms but especially features and TV. Kohlberg is chairman, Sharp president and CEO. The company gets started with an acquisition of Kevin Powers’ National Book Award Finalist novel The Yellow Birds, with a deal for David Lowery to write and direct it. Lowery is coming off Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. On the TV side, the company is producing the Outlander series with exec producer/writer Ron Moore, based on the Diana Gabaldon novel. The Yellow Birds is informed by Powers’ experiences as an Army machine gunner in Iraq. Sharp and Kohlberg have hired as production president Evan Hayes, who spent a decade at Working Title, most recently as senior vice president. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
4 items from 2013
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