Also in the news: Reports from David Sedaris’ book tour, and a closer look at the problems in Fahrenheit 451. It’s your Daily Blunt!
It’s one of those headlines that seems inevitable in retrospect: “Watchmen” filmmaker Zack Snyder retrospect is going to make a movie based on Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, an ambition he hinted at during the making of “Justice League.” It will surely be the most successful Rand adaptation to date – but that’s not saying much, when you consider the fate of the “Atlas Shrugged” trilogy, and the fact that the 1949 film based on The Fountainhead flopped at the box office.
David Sedaris has a new book to tour with, which means Sedaris fandom is returning to a fever pitch: The Missoulian reports that a local bookstore’s line for an evening event started at dawn. A new book also means lots of fun interviews, such as this one in which the author comments on which of his books he considers the most overrated. It seems to be a tie between Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day: “Those books were written so long ago, and they’re over-written in my opinion.” Maybe one of these days he’ll go full George Lucas and release a re-edited version (complete with snazzy new digital effects).
HBO’s new film based on Fahrenheit 451 isn’t connecting with critics or audiences, which is a real letdown. Among the movie’s failures, as pointed out by Electric Literature, is that it doesn’t really attempt to reckon with the elitism and even racism that Ray Bradbury baked into his allegory, which he spelled out plainly in an afterword for later editions. To Bradbury, including more people’s perspectives meant endangering the progress of civilization to date, and muddling the overall quality of the printed word: “For it is a mad world and it will get madder if we allow the minorities… to interfere with aesthetics.” HBO’s film dances around the subject, updating some of the story’s underpinnings, but leaving other areas frustratingly unprobed; perhaps the script should have been cooked at a slightly lower temperature.
Your latest model for being patient with others is comic book writer Gail Simone, who wrote on Twitter yesterday: “I just got a very nice note from a woman on Facebook who wanted to buy Domino but had no idea how or where to buy a comic. An important reminder that not everyone knows this stuff.” It’s also a reminder that as comic book stores across the country struggle to stay in business, they’re more dependent on regular customers than ever before – you can use this handy locator tool to find the one nearest to you. Tell ’em Gail sent you!