should I read In Cold Blood?

Why would they put out another movie about Capote so soon? and with such a great line-up? I’m not a huge Sandra Bullock fan, but Isabella Rosellini, Signourney Weaver and Daniel Craig (the new James Bond)? You can see the preview here.

I’ve been invited to visit a book club next weekend and the book is Under the Glacier by Nobel Prize laureate Halldor Laxness. Pretty entertaining stuff so far. Great foreword by Susan Sontag. I’m taking a line from the second chapter as my thesis motto, The first thing is to have will; the rest is technique. By sheer will I am going to finish this thesis. And no, I am not procrastinating, I only read when I’m on the can.

I am intrigued by how this book club chooses books. Each member gets to choose a book, but it must be a book s/he has not read. Now I go through the day imagining what book I might choose. Such a ponderable question.

Oh! I want to mention that I finished another book off that Best Young Adult Book’s list I posted about: Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood. Fabulous, but pretty heavy. Told from the persective of a smart kid growing up in a very poor Mexican barrio in 1968. It didn’t feel like a kid’s book, although it is about teenagers.

And while I’m on the topic, I should do a plug for one of my very favorite “kid’s” series (in the same way The Pridain Chronicles are kid’s books), His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. It comes up because of this recent info from

Daniel Craig has signed on to reteam with Nicole Kidman on New Line’s upcoming fantasy epic THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Craig, who worked late last year with Kidman on THE VISITING, will play Lord Asriel “a ruthless and mysterious adventurer” who happens to be the uncle of our protagonist Lyra Belacqua (newcomer Dakota Blue Richards). COMPASS will not only reunite Craig with Kidman but with his CASINO ROYALE co-star Eva Green as well who will be playing a witch. Should New Line go ahead with the planned “Dark Materials” trilogy (based on the Philip Pullman novels), Craig’s character would be an important character in each of the subsequent films. Paul Weitz is writing and directing COMPASS, which begins shooting September 4th in London. Craig will work on the film and then return to shoot the already planned 22nd James Bond film early in 2007. Craig’s a fine actor and it’s good to see he’s not getting pigeonholed with Bond-type stuff. Perhaps that’s cause no one seems to think he’s much of a Bond… COMPASS is scheduled for a December 2007 release.

Little Known Fact: Paul Bettany was originally rumored to be starring
as Asriel in the film.

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