Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hollywood Hints for Filming Bellairs

Film commentary

Blogger custardpringle has some commentary on any proposed film adaptation, so listen up!

I never thought I'd say this, but considering what's been done to some of my favorite YA fantasy, I hope to high heaven there aren't any more The Dark is Rising movies. I'd love to see the Narnia franchise go away, too, but I don't think I'll be that lucky. And I've heard rumors of a film version of The House With A Clock In Its Walls, too, and I definitely don't trust Hollywood to go near John Bellairs.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Photographic Memories: Marshall

Photographer Lee Rentz recently visited Marshall, Michigan, and shares some of his thoughts and photographs documenting his tour of Michigan Avenue, including Hemmingsen Rexall Drug Store.
For those who think American small towns died soon after “It’s a Wonderful Life” was filmed, it’s a surprise to see that there are beautiful small towns all over the Midwest that look for all the world like Bedford Falls. These towns have two or three story well-proportioned brick buildings lining Main Street, and these days the drygoods stores and mom-and-pop groceries of a hundred years ago have been replaced by antique shops, styling salons, and lawyers’ offices. In many cases the old storefronts have been restored to something near their original look, and the space-age aluminum facades of the 1950s and 1960s have been removed.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Celebrate Edward Gorey's Children's Books

Edward Gorey House
Celebrate Edward Gorey's Children's Books with a visit to the Edward Gorey House and their exhibition of original works by Edward Gorey for his own children's books and illustrations he created for many other authors. The Edward Gorey House is pleased to announce the 2008 opening on Thursday, April 17th and running though December 21, 2008.

Our exhibit will show many of Gorey's original pen and ink, watercolor, and preliminary pencil illustrations for children's books of his own creation, and for other noted children's authors including Peter Neumeyer, Florence Parry Heide, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, T. S. Eliot, and others. Special books such as Gorey's only pop-up book, The Dwindling Party and the three-dimensional accordian book The Tunnel Calamity are highlighted. A unique focus of the exhibit will be early drawings and illustrations by Gorey from his childhood years.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Something About Eternal Flames

Eternal flame
Voynich News noted this fact recently, allowing the words "Voynich" and "Susanna Hoffs" to grace the same page:
The song "Eternal Flame" was written by hugely successful American songwriter Billy Steinberg with Tom Kelly and Susanna Hoffs (of The Bangles). The inspiration for the song came from an eternal flame seen by Bangles' bass-player Michael Steele burning at Gracelands in Elvis Presley's memory, as well as from one at a Palm Springs synagogue Steinberg had seen when very young. But historically, claims of actual eternal flames go back a very long way: in my book, I mentioned briefly that many in the Renaissance believed a "perpetual light" burned in the Temple of Vesta in Ancient Rome.
One wonders if Hamish Runcet, the long-retired vestal verger in England, had such a flame in his parish?

Book Alert: The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer

Books News
A summary of Brad Strickland's forthcoming book, The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer:
In Michigan in the mid-1950s, Lewis Barnavelt is convinced that the series of accidents he and his uncle are experiencing are the result of a curse by a mysterious, hooded figure that may be part of his uncle's past.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Remembering the Old Man of the Mountain

Old Man in the Mountain
We’re a bit behind in marking the fifth anniversary of the demise of the Old Man in the Mountain but our friends at roadsideamerica.com remembered. They also share the story of a New Hampshire artist wanting to replace the stone head with a glass one.