It’s been a heck of a week, between holidays and a raging flu, so this installment is a day late. What it lacks in timeliness, it makes up for in drama.
|LaBeouf's film opens with the exact same words. What follows is pretty much a shot-by-shot version of the comic.|
- I can’t help but follow the circus that actor Shia LaBeouf has created by lifting a Daniel Clowes graphic novella for his film HowardCantour.com. It’s one of the most blatant creative thefts I can recall in history, as LaBeouf’s film uses entire monologues verbatim from Clowes’ work. The plot thickened after the actor was discovered to have also copied his apology from Yahoo Answers, and then lifted a subsequent apology directly from Tiger Woods. Now it seems that LaBeouf’s publishing imprint took its about-page info from PictureBox, right down to the same typographical errors. Is there an award for cutting-and-pasting skills?
- Three weeks before Nabokov’s Lolita was published, Dorothy Parker had a short story in The New Yorker called, of all things, “Lolita.” The subject? An older man with a teen bride. Nabokov was not pleased.
- A recent study shows that reading novels not only boosts your brain function, but that the effect can last for several days.
- Apparently some folks have become obsessed with spotting the random (and ghostly-looking) appearances of scanner’s hands in Google Books.
- Abe Books’ annual list of their 25 most expensive book sales is always intriguing, but this year’s is particularly interesting: it’s the only one in my recent memory to include a hand-written spell book.
- This week’s pick of the various submissions calls I see is for the third volume of the Southern Haunts anthology, which is seeking occult tales set in the South. See the Facebook page for further guidelines.
Have you bought any expensive books lately? Has Shia LaBeouf stolen anything from you? Tell me more.