Strange Maps comes up an early Christmas gift for Bruce Chatwin fans: a map and an intriguing post about Araucania-Patagonia, a kingdom of the mind discussed at length in Chatwin’s wonderful debut book In Patagonia. Take it as a signal to get acquainted with (or re-read) a unique writer.
I get most if not all of my entertainment news from blogs like Ain’t It Cool News, which often have a much wider range of interest than fanboy stuff. They also provide more knowledgeable coverage of filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki who hardly ever register with the mainstream prints. Since it started in June I’ve become addicted to this AICN series called A Movie A Day, in which one of the house writers (who normally spends his time keeping ahead of the new-movie curve) catches up on his overwhelming backlog of classic films. He was a lot more impressed with On the Beach than I was, but I enjoy watching the self-education of a film geek. I also appreciate the way some of his choices have been filling out my NetFlix queue.