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Why Hasn’t Hollywood Made These Books Into Movies?

Since Hollywood is known for its book-to-movie adaptations, it’s surprising that some of the most well-regarded novels of our time have gone seemingly unnoticed by the film industry. Here are some of our favorite books that we think would work well on the big screen:

THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen

This novel has everything: family drama, dark humor, family drama, epic subplots that cover different parts of the globe, and lots of family drama. Did we mention family drama? If this became a film, we could see most of the ensemble getting serious awards attention, because the main parts are just that good. Not to mention that The Corrections is one of the most acclaimed novels in the past three decades.

THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, by Junot Diaz

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Oscar Wao is a dazzling and highly cinematic piece of literature. Covering centuries of Dominican and American history, this novel seems set for a sprawling adaptation. The novel is highly idiosyncratic and part of the joy of reading it is found in Diaz’s crazy use of footnotes and the Spanish language, but we’d love to see what a brave director could do with this material.

THE PRIVILEGES, by Jonathan Dee

Like The Corrections, The Privileges largely focuses on intense family drama. But unlike The Corrections, where everything unravels, much of The Privileges is about existential ennui, about the little moments amidst all the craziness. The novel even opens with a lengthy, entrancing wedding scene that would work marvelously on screen. Why hasn’t this been adapted already? It’s much more accessible than our other two choices.

 

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Featured Pinterest: Book Porn

This week’s featured board is Jennifer Berry’s Book Porn. This board, perhaps suggested by its name, is much more image based than our previous highlights. If you’re a book porn lover like we are, then you are sure to enjoy these beautiful images.

She has the typical assortment of bookshelf photos, each of them stunning and breathtaking, some of which remind me of the popular site, bookshelfporn.com. But if you keep scrolling through, you can find bookshelves like you’ve never seen before. As someone who has seen millions of pictures, these truly stand out to me.

I wish I had an outdoor bookshelf like this. It’s kind of like a secret, bookish tree house. I’d rather come here and read than go to the beach any day. This place has a certain solitude meant for reading.

This board can also give the viewer cool ideas for bookshelves. Building an outdoor house, like the one above, may be a bit ambitious. But she has other, simpler ones as well. It ranges from putting books in a ¬†closet (who needs the clothing space anyway?) and a variety of different types of ‘bookshelf stairs’. My personal favorite is using old crates and turning them into a beautiful, vintage bookshelf:

Safe to say, this is one of the most simple yet beautiful literary boards I have seen! Jennifer has successfully found a collection of beautiful photographs that would make any book lover swoon. Her board truly does live up to its provocative name.

Twitter-inspired original artwork

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Yesterday was the final day of the ‘Tweet-A-Brief’ exhibit, sponsored by Handsome Frank Illustration Agency in London. The first exhibition for the Agency was certainly unique, as it invited the world of Twitter to submit proposals for the artists in the standard 160-characters-or-less format using the hashtag #hftab. “We received a huge response, a beguiling and intriguing mix of the weird and wonderful,” stated Handsome Frank on its website.

Each of the 25 participating artists selected a Tweet from the over 200 entries and created a piece of original artwork based on its content. See thumbnails of featured pieces here: http://flippies.com/adflipoff/archives/30694.

of the of of the of : poetry, redesigned.

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When we meet up to talk poetry, he has to go back out to the car a second time to bring in his new “book.” The thing is wrapped in a throw rug. It takes both of us to set it up, and it takes up a good portion of the table, standing up easel-like.

Hm, doesn’t sound like any poem I know. But yet that’s how James Heflin of The Valley Advocate describes the most recent work of his friend, the poet, artist, and editor Chris Janke in his “Art in Paradise” column.

It’s called of the of of the of. Yes, you read that right (and you’ll probably need to read it again). Rethinking and reconstructing the traditional form of a poem both literally and figuratively, Janke refers to it as an “art book”. It is in fact a book of nine books, formatted into a linear board of illusory, transparent line drawings matched with seemingly unconnected text. At the bottom of the six-by-six-inch, marginless page, you’ll find the parts that most resemble conventional poetry, without line breaks, a blur of unpunctuated, colliding words taken from the jargon of philosophers and neuroscientists. And that’s just where you start.

Next, you move on to the “interpretive” layers that respond to these words. They have “explanatory” names tacked on: the “big bang layer”, “flight map layer”, or “map of spain layer”; and are accompanied by visual elements that, though fragmented, form a larger whole in the full display of the nine books.

In various, inexplicable ways these “Visual elements, too, come into play, subway maps and hybrid creations like a tracing of every occurrence of the word “of,” with each “of” representing a high point in a topographical map,” details Heflin. As the reader opens and interacts with the books, new interpretations reinvent the meaning of the poetry and the relationships between the transparent art of the layering.

[If you still have no idea what could possibly be meant by this description, I don’t take it at all personally. You’re best off checking out the astounding images and explanations on Janke’s website!]

What a New York Times Review Means for Sales

Publishers Weekly¬†calculates how coverage in The New York Times translates into sales–as long as the review is positive, that is. When deciding which books to check out, do reviews matter to you?