Farewell to Horton Foote, screenwriter of “Tender Mercies,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”

I'm a little late relaying this news, but I learned on Twitter earlier today that Horton Foote has died.Horton Foote, who chronicled America’s wistful odyssey through the 20th century in plays and films mostly set in a small town in Texas and left a literary legacy as one of the country’s foremost storytellers, died in Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday. He was 92, said his daughter, Hallie Foote.In screenplays for such movies as “Tender Mercies,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Trip to Bount … [Read more...]

Auralia Thread Update: New Title for the Gold Strand?

On Friday, I'll be turning in the (very rough) draft of the third book in The Auralia Thread. Then, my editor will plow through it and come up with many brilliant suggestions for sharpening the story for you. When she's finished, I'll go back on my tour of Seattle coffee shops, almost every evening and all weekend long, revising, revising, revising.Auralia's Colors was The Red Strand. Cyndere's Midnight was The Blue Strand.The third volume will be The Gold Strand.But will it be … [Read more...]

The Death of Satire

Novelist A.G. Harmon on satire: ...the thing about satire is that it runs the fine line between comedy and exposé; comedic in the sense that it’s funny, exposé in the sense that it brings to light the hypocrisies or venalities or idiocies of its object. And the object has to be topical too. Satire can’t be dated.Have satirists all gone to film and TV? There are some candidates. The Office is a remarkable sketch of the work-a-day world, but there’s no real edge to it. However brilliant Jerry … [Read more...]

U2′s next album is “Songs of Ascent”, coming soon.

I'm actually more excited about hearing *this* album, due to Bono's description (which, as most U2 fans know, usually isn't, um, precise): U2 just released its first album since 2004 this week, but the Irish rock band is already planning a quickie follow-up for next year.The new disc will be called "Songs of Ascent," and it will be more mellow than the current album, "No Line on the Horizon," singer Bono says in a cover story in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. And in the … [Read more...]


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