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The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

A subject that long ago captured my creative spirit has been making quiet waves in the cinematic world this year. Paterson, written and directed  by Jim Jarmusch and set in Paterson, New Jersey, concerns an enigmatic bus driver—also named Paterson, played by Adam Driver—as he observes his world and takes notes in poetry. The beautiful ritual […]

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Shelf Evaluation: Read This and Back Away Slowly

Shelf Evaluation: Read This and Back Away Slowly

In this new feature, we’re asking Booklisters to give themselves a “shelf evaluation.” The rules are simple: pick any shelf in your home library, take a picture of it as is (no alphabetizing, no dusting), and then . . . explain your shelf! I sorta did this already in a series of posts I wrote about my […]

PBS’s MASTERPIECE to Relaunch the MASTERPIECE Book Club

PBS’s MASTERPIECE to Relaunch the MASTERPIECE Book Club

PBS’s top-rated primetime show, MASTERPIECE, has announced the relaunch of the MASTERPIECE Book Club for their “book-loving fans.” The book club will feature supplemental materials that go along with their most popular shows, Downton Abbey and Sherlock: recommended reading lists, author and creator interviews, and backstage details like what the cast is reading. Looks like […]

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There Is No Outside: A Wrenching, Redemptive Film Adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s Room

In many ways, the verdict is already in. This film-festival darling boasts a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with much of that praise heaped upon its two leads (Brie Larson as Ma, and Jacob Tremblay as five-year-old Jack), both of whom have already garnered some Academy buzz—and that’s all before the wide release tomorrow, […]

31 Horror Films in 31 Days 2015: The Puke-Spewing Conclusion

31 Horror Films in 31 Days 2015: The Puke-Spewing Conclusion

Year Seven (or Se7en, if you’re David Fincher) of #31HorrorFilms31Days is in the books—a book bound in human skin housed in our “special collections” room—and, given the high participation rate, both in the Twittersphere and here at Booklist, it’s understandable why much of the staff today is red-eyed, blue-lipped, mumbling, and cringing each time the water cooler goes blub, […]

James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years
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James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years

It was 60 years ago today, September 30, 1955, when James Dean drove his Porsche 550 Spyder into the driver’s side of another car (a Ford Tudor). Dean was killed instantly while the other driver walked away with a few bruises. That this very young actor, 24 when he died, remains a film icon on […]

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2015

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge: 2015

Can you believe that this is the seventh year for the 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge? Why, I remember when this whole idea was just a glimmer in my eye. (The glimmer turned out to be a carnivorous guinea worm, which tunneled through my eye’s vitreous humor and lodged itself in my frontal […]

Sneak Preview of “Love between the Covers,” a Documentary Film about Romance Readers

Romance readers are a unique community. They avidly read books about love, and they love these novels and the authors who write them with an ardor born of both affirmation and defiance. Romance readers and writers revel in the fact that every romance improvises, like jazz musicians on a basic melody, like poets writing haiku […]

DiCaprio and Scorsese to Bring Devil in the White City to Life

DiCaprio and Scorsese to Bring Devil in the White City to Life

. . . or death, if you’re familiar with the book. While Martin Scorsese will have his hands full re-creating Chicago in all its 1893 splendor, Leonardo DiCaprio must transform into H. H. Holmes, probably one of America’s most prolific serial killers. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That […]

Worlds in Miniature: Elgin Park, Marwencol, and Synecdoche, New York

Last year, I finally caught up with the film Marwencol (2010), a fascinating documentary about Mark Hogancamp, a man who was brutally assaulted and nearly beaten to death in Kingston, New York. The beating left him in a coma, and, when he woke up, he couldn’t remember anything. Not only did he have to relearn basic […]