A Plague of Words
To wit, I’m simply blinded by choice. I can’t make up my mind what to read because there’s so fucking MUCH to read and I want to read ALL of it…
From writer Alan Glynn, whose excellent novel The Dark Fields was transformed into the rather shallow movie, Limitless.
He has a full-blown blog too, with several short stories. All this time I didn’t know — because he sucks at promoting himself.
Anyway, what Alan says is what most readers can identify with. And what’s weird is that while I sit here typing this, I realize I don’t have the same impulse towards TV and movies. I haven’t yet seen all of Breaking Bad, but I’m not in any panic to do so — as I am to get to all the books I have waiting to be read.
Previously here and at my other blogs:
Crime Always Pays: Origins: Alan Glynn
Limitless, The Movie
Lose Your Mind
Go Buy Winterland By Alan Glynn!
Writer Alan Glynn Speaks!
Calling Alan Glynn!
The Murderer and the Manuscript
[Alaric] Hunt has a brother, Jason, who is 13 months older than [him] and also in prison. As boys, Alaric, smaller and more fine-boned, found refuge in reading, writing, drawing and playing Dungeons and Dragons, while the taller, burlier Jason preferred music, playing acoustic and electric guitar. Not long after graduating from high school, Alaric tested at an I.Q. of 137. Jason dropped out in the 10th grade.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
When Richard Hunt kicked his sons out of his trailer in early 1988, according to court records, Jason grew increasingly angry. He wanted to go to music school in Southern California but had saved only $1,400. Alaric would do anything to help his brother. Even if it ended up destroying three lives.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Where was the help for two kids who wanted to make something of themselves? One with a high I.Q. and one who wanted to continue to study?
Where? Where? Where?
The Art of Writing by George Randolph Chester was originally published in 1912.
Before we get to the first word he wrote, we get a review from a reader that is now immortal.
Nikki Finke Claims to Be Leaving Deadline, Announces NikkiFinke.com
The corporatization of Deadline: Hollywood was a sad thing to witness.
I understood the need for additional staff to report facts. But I was never attracted to Deadline for facts. I was there for the fearless brilliance of Nikki Finke.
This is what Suits don’t understand. Even in 2013 it eludes them.
We can get facts from robots. Hell, there’s a company out there writing software to spit out facts without human intervention.
What we want, what we crave is bravery, fearlessness, truth, honesty, a human point of view.
You know what that costs? It’s priceless.
Good luck to Nikki. I will eagerly read her new site.
Cashing-Out Is Selling-Out
This is writer Derek Raymond:
Yeah, you wish you could be that suave and badass.
But people like that, they’ve always been like that, haven’t they?
You have to be born like that or just forget it, right?
Well, Derek Raymond was born Robin Cook.
And he once wrote as Robin Cook.
Jason Horwitch, creator of Rubicon, has a series going into development at Fox TV: Fox Buys Romantic Detective Drama From Hart Hanson & Jason Horwitch
Let’s hope for a series commitment.
Rubicon: Sekrit Message
Jurgis could see all the truth now — could see himself, through the whole long course of events, the victim of ravenous vultures that had torn into his vitals and devoured him; of fiends that had racked and tortured him, mocking him, meantime, jeering in his face. Ah, God, the horror of it, the monstrous, hideous, demoniacal wickedness of it! He and his family, helpless women and children, struggling to live, ignorant and defenceless and forlorn as they were — and the enemies that had been lurking for them, crouching upon their trail and thirsting for their blood! That first lying circular, that smooth-tongued slippery agent! That trap of the extra payments, the interest, and all the other charges that they had not the means to pay, and would never have attempted to pay! And then all the tricks of the packers, their masters, the tyrants who ruled them, —the shutdowns and the scarcity of work, the irregular hours and the cruel speeding-up, the lowering of wages, the raising of prices! The mercilessness of nature about them, of heat and cold, rain and snow; the mercilessness of the city, of the country in which they lived, of its laws and customs that they did not understand! All of these things had worked together for the company that had marked them for its prey and was waiting for its chance. And now, with this last hideous injustice, its time had come, and it had turned them out bag and baggage, and taken their house and sold it again! And they could do nothing, they were tied hand and foot — the law was against them, the whole machinery of society was at their oppressors’ command! If Jurgis so much as raised a hand against them, back he would go into that wild-beast pen from which he had just escaped!
– The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Available free at Google Books (download as PDF under the gear icon).
Richard Matheson, 1926-2013
Everyone has encountered his work: The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” with William Shatner; the Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour cult classic movie Somewhere in Time, based on his novel Bid Time Return; more recently the movie I Am Legend, based on his novel of the same name; and the Cameron Diaz movie The Box, based on his short story, “Button, Button,” which was also adapted as a 1980′s Twilight Zone episode.
And for those who never watch SF or fantasy, you encountered his work in the groundbreaking ABC-TV Movie of the Week directed by a young Steven Spielberg. It starred Dennis Weaver and was called Duel.
His influence was broad and incalculable. He left behind immortal work. Rest in peace.
Wikipedia: Richard Matheson
The Men Behind the Zone #3: Richard Matheson
Filed under R.I.P., Writer
A Personal Note On Nikki Finke From Mike Fleming
The note is from Mike Fleming, Not Nikki Finke. That says a lot.
Nikki Finke created Deadline. She ripped through the existing Hollywood media like a hurricane through a small town, overturning everything and destroying the status quo.