- Joel Breuklander at The Atlantic takes on yet another think-piece bemoaning the so-called ‘death of literature’ and notes what those complaining have in common:
Without exception, the writers listed above are white men. They are also at least putatively straight, having married women. (Crain, who is gay, is the single exception.)
We can all do better than writing (or publishing) tired essays about how poetry or fiction or literature is dying because it’s no longer virile and manly. These writers reveal more about their own anxieties than about literature—reminiscent of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dismissal of the female writers who outsold him as a “damned mob of scribbling women.”
Let’s acknowledge that straight, white males’ stranglehold on American culture really is loosening. They are no longer expected to speak for everyone else. That’s a good thing—but you can’t expect them not to complain about it.
Yep, it’s not as if there are loads of women and writers of color and differing sexual orientations making literary waves.
- Oscar-winning actress and living legend Sophia Loren has nabbed her first leading role in years in an adaptation of the Jean Cocteau play ‘La Voca Umana’ to be directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.
- Check out the trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Steve R. McQueen’s Twenty Years a Slave, both starring Michael Fassbender.
- Speaking of Michael Fassbender, the poster for next year’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past is here!
- The Conjuring scared up a terrific box-office debut, while Turbo and R.I.P.D, both starring Ryan Reynolds, sputtered.
- The Simpsons will not only be having a crossover episode with Futurama but will also be soon featured in an episode of Family Guy where they meet the Griffin clan.
- First big news out of San Diego Comic Con 2013—a Superman/Batman movie!!
- Second big news out of San Diego Comic Con 2013—-The Avengers sequel Age of Ultron!!
- ICYMI—2013 Emmy nominations are out, with American Horror Story: Asylum leading the pack. There were also surprise nods for Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Girls’ Adam Driver, and Netflix made tv history.
- According to Forbes, the top earning celebrity under 30 is—Lady Gaga.
- Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped out of a planned bio-pic of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
- Get a glimpse of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix for an upcoming film.
- There will be a sequel to Fight Club from Chuck Palahniuk!…..it will be a graphic novel.
- Adam B. Vary at Buzzfeed ponders about why there aren’t more gay superheroes.
- A movie adapting the video game Gran Turismo is in development.
- And so its happened: ABC Family has canceled Bunheads.