Also in the news: An author-certified list of the best Sherlock Holmes tales, and a partnership between libraries and breweries. It’s your Daily Blunt!
Inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, “Troll Bridge” isn’t like most other films – it’s spent over a decade in production, and is entirely fan-made. Such a project may sound like it’s cursed to remain in limbo forever, but the film now has a trailer and is being submitted to festivals around the world. Between this and the upcoming Good Omens adaptation, it appears 2019 may be Pratchett’s time to shine. In the meantime, “Troll Bridge” is available for pre-order thanks to crowdfunding – but a Blu-ray is going to set you back $85. Watch that trailer below!
Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle unintentionally compose the first literary listicle? A 1927 magazine contest to guess the author’s personal list of the 12 best Sherlock Holmes stories ended up yielding not just the titles – which constitute the perfect Holmes reading list nearly a century later – but also Doyle’s explanation of his method for selecting them. It’s significant for another reason too. As LitHub points out: “After this essay, Conan Doyle never wrote another word about his most famous creation. He died only a few years later, in 1930.”
“When you get up in the morning, you must take your heart in your two hands. You must do this every morning.” These words kick off Grace Paley’s short story “My Father Addresses Me on the Facts of Old Age,” in which the author passes along a series of intimate familial conversations to the reader, imparting heartfelt lessons on aging. Writing for Electric Literature, S. Kirk Walsh describes how Paley’s story affected her relationship with her mother, as their relationship was challenged by various health problems. If you’d like to hear the story read aloud on the New Yorker’s podcast, the way Walsh first discovered it, you can listen to it here.
Hopefully residents of Aurora, Colorado know how lucky they are: the city’s public library system has introduced a new reward system inviting patrons to tour local breweries and gather stamps in a “passport.” After four stamps, the library gives you a commemorative glass for you to fill with your favorite beer – and after eight stamps, you get a growler. The offer is set to run through November, just enough time to visit and drink and then come back with some suggestions for your own local branch. Please read responsibly!