- As expected, Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Golden Globes, taking home the statues for Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Original Song, and Best Screenplay, which went to Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry. McMurtry thanked his typewriter. No, seriously:
My typewriter is a Hermes 3000, surely one of the noblest instruments of European genius. And, ladies and gentlemen, can you believe it? It's kept me for thirty years out of the dry embrace of the computer.
Leave it to a writer to introduce crotchety technophobia to an otherwise self-congratulatory evening of glamour, schmoozing, and lots and lots of cleavage.
- This was certainly the year for literary adaptations. Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote; Best Supporting Actor...Drama went to George Clooney for Syriana, based on Robert Baer's See No Evil; Rachel Weisz won Best Supporting Actress...Drama for The Constant Gardener; and John Williams won Best Original Score for Memoirs of a Geisha. The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line cleaned up for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Joacquin Phoenix), Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Reese Witherspoon), and Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy... all of which are puzzling since it's neither a musical nor a comedy.
- Oh, yeah, almost forgot. The HBO miniseries of Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls won for Best Miniseries or TV Movie. And Paul Newman won Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie for his role in Empire Falls.
- The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists were announced. Nominees include National Book Award winners Joan Didion and William T. Vollmann, as well as E. L. Doctorow, Mary Gaitskill, and Kazuo Ishiguro. The awards are announced March 3rd.
- Sponsored once again by Powells.com, the Morning News Tournament of Books is gearing up for its March return — and they're taking suggestions for Rooster finalists. Throw your favorite title into the ring... if you dare!
- The Washington Post reviews Wholphin, the new quarterly DVD magazine from the McSweeney's/Believer gang. The verdict:
The idea of a DVD magazine full of odd little films still sounds great. But maybe it's the kind of idea that should be executed by somebody other than the editors of self-consciously weird literary magazines.
- NPR's Morning Edition had an interview with former Iraq Ambassador L. Paul Bremer about his book, My Year in Iraq.
- Speaking of McSweeney's, here's what poets would name breakfast cereals. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go pour myself a heaping bowl of Opalescent Flakes of Lonely Night, fortified with nine essential vitamins and symbolism. (Via BookSlut.)
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