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Friday finds


Quick! There’s still time to order your Barbie as Tippi Hedren in The Birds doll for Christmas. Maybe they’ll also issue a corpulent Ken as Alfred Hitchcock doll who will corner Tippi Barbie and . . . well, maybe we don’t want to go there. But why not Barbie as Kim Novak in Vertigo, or Barbie as Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief? How about a Barbie as Eva Marie Saint doll complete with a North by Northwest Mount Rushmore display and a train tunnel where Barbie and Ken can . . . okay, we really don’t want to go there. But right now, I’m holding out for this as a stocking stuffer.

On the other hand, the first 250 episodes of The Bat Segundo Show are available on three DVD-ROMs. That’s interviews with everyone from T.C. Boyle and Octavia Butler to Richard Price and William Gibson.

Are you looking for a drink in Doha, the capital city of Islamic Qatar? The first thing you need to do is score yourself a library card.

Garry Wills is tired of talking about the Pope. That’s fine, as long as he keeps talking about everything else.

The Caustic Cover Critic gets extremely caustic and tremendously critical about ebook “cover” designs. Looking at the examples, I’d say he’s got a point.

The new issue of The Biographer’s Craft is up. So is the new issue of Ansible.

Lance Mannion talks vampires. Orhan Pamuk talks Turkish libraries. James Wood talks V.S. Naipaul (and William Deresiewicz talks James Wood). Viggo Mortensen talks politics, hobbits, The Hobbit and Good.

So back up your hard drive, already.

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Friday finds


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.

What’s a great way to make a hospitalized writer feel better? Buy copies of his new novel, of course. And maybe drop by his site and offer best wishes.

The Thanksgiving season stirs memories of a friendship with the late poet Robert Lax. After you’ve read it, spend some quality time at the Robert Lax Archives.

For all us foodies (not to mention anyone who plans to do some serious cooking) here’s a new site called Cookstr, spotlighting recipes from great chefs and cookbook authors.

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.       

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