Miscellany

  • Harry Farrell argues that China Miéville’s New Crobuzon novels seek to remake apolitical genre fantasy by “playing out the battle between the fantastic and the political within imagined settings” and “giv[ing] us a world where fantasy and politics can’t be disentangled from each other.”
  • As The Da Vinci Code copyright suit wears on, Kate Mosse observes that storytellers have been borrowing ideas from each other for centuries. “Your hero is defeated by poison obtained from the semen of one of his previously defeated enemies…. Sophocles inherited the idea from Homer.”
  • You might think it’d have the opposite result, but Margo Hammond believes “all this fretting over lies in nonfiction [is] giving fiction a bad name.”
  • My drama critic friend took me to see Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloan — about which more later — on Sunday afternoon, and, while we were waiting for the show to start, he mentioned Thomas Edison’s film footage of Samuel Clemens. I didn’t know such a thing existed, but here it is.
  • Kerouac fans, undeterred by past defeats, continue to crusade for the Beat writer’s image on a postage stamp.

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