Today's Bits: palin goes rogue on fans. the road to the big screen. book snuggling. and more.
- Going (Away) Rogue: Last Thursday in Noblesville, Indiana, hundreds of people allegedly waited more than three hours for Sarah Palin to sign their copies of Going Rogue, her memoir.
Then the author and unemployed ex-governor did something truly mavericky: she went rogue on her fans.
'Cause who needs supporters who are so fanatic about you that they'll wait in line for three-plus hours just to get your signature?
As Palin marches out of the bookstore, the crowd can be heard chanting, "Sign! Our! Books!" And also booing. The 2012 campaign is off to a great start.
On a related note, it appears some folks are mixing up Palin's authorized memoir with Going Rouge, a book from the editors of The Nation that is, shall we say, somewhat more critical of Palin.
Both books were released Nov. 17, and before they were, some wags predicted they would befuddle readers. After all, both covers show a smiling Palin dressed in red. But "Going Rouge," subtitled "An American Nightmare," shows dark, imposing storm clouds in the background, while Palin’s shows a bright blue sky.
Plus, the editors of Going Rouge actually sign all their fans' copies. Or so I'm told.
- The Long Road Home: NPR's Morning Edition spoke with director John Hillcoat about helming the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel The Road, opening in theaters this week.
For the landscape scenes, Hillcoat says he looked at a combination of natural and man-made disasters. He found abandoned interstate freeways in Pennsylvania and giant uprooted trees at Mount St. Helens in Washington. A scene that shows boats washed up on land is actually IMAX footage shot two days after Hurricane Katrina.
And while most movie directors hope for sun when shooting an outdoor scene, Hillcoat treasured cloudy days.
"We became very miserable when the sun came out," he says. "My brilliant Spanish cinematographer Javier [Aguirresarobe] would be screaming at the sky in Spanish. When it was miserable and raining sideways, we'd all be in very high spirits."
That last part sounds an awful lot like living in Portland. (At least, for the people who manage to survive the experience.)
Book News Round-up:
- NPR's Alan Cheuse recommends some books to keep readers warm on a cold winter night:
"It might provoke more nightmares than dreams, but either way, the two-volume collection of American Fantastic Tales, edited by horror writer Peter Straub, is a collection with great gift potential. It's a 1,500-page compendium of fantasy and horror from American writers who make you worry about things you see out of the corner of your eye."
- Will Amazon abandon the Kindle?
- The Oregonian claims you can't snuggle up with an e-reader. I'm wondering which lonely people are snuggling with books (e- or otherwise), and whether perhaps a snuggie is in order.
- James Ellroy explains why you must read James Jones's WWII novel From Here to Eternity:
"From Here to Eternity is a great American novel. It remains incandescent after 58 years. It gives us America then, and prophesies America's great and costly rise to power. It explodes with humanity and conspicuous acts of conscience. There has never been a novel like it, and there never will be."
- The Daily Lit website offers free books a little at a time via email (though you can do a lot more on the site, too).
Recent offerings include one of the short stories, "Fetching Raymond," from John Grisham's new story collection Ford County; the novel Madame de Staël by Francine du Plessix Gray (free through January 2010); and a series called Shoes, Bags, and Tiaras created for Daily Lit by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Christopher Buckley adds his own index to Sarah Palin's memoir.
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