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May. 7th, 2007

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Entertainment Weekly article.

There's a charming article over at ew.com (direct link here).  It talks about the genesis of YPU, his family and work life, and his future projects.  Take a look!

May. 4th, 2007

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I overslept. Ridiculously.

So here's a vid from YouTube, by this band called One Ring Zero, which gets big name writers to write them lyrics, which they put to music. Here's what they got from Michael:

May. 3rd, 2007

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Fresh Air interview with Michael Chabon

Terry Gross does her usual wonderful job with an interview. Michael Chabon is his usual disarming self, and he reads some passages from TYPU. Good stuff.

[Janelle Monae] Bowtie



I just got make from Michael's Harvard Square reading!!

He gave an amazing speech beforehand about identity, both as a Jew and a genre fiction enthusiast (and he mentioned Kurt Vonnegut and said something in either Hebrew or Yiddish that I'm assuming was along the lines of "may he rest in peace" which warmed my heart and made me tear up).  Then he took questions (I was first because I was in the second row!)  I asked him about the role/lack thereof of Watson in The Final Solution, and he gave a very thoughtful response along the lines of 'I really wanted to get in to Holmes's head, and besides Watson was probably dead by 1944'

I gave him a birthday card, because it's in three weeks, and mine's the day before.  I stole a pen from CVS to write it, and I told him as much. 

He signed my copies of Kavalier and Clay, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Final Solution, Summerland, and of course The Yiddish Policemen's Union.  I'm saving all my Escapist TPBs for his signing in Boston tomorrow, and I shall probably acquire one of his books I do not own yet then as well.  I got a friend I made in line to take a picture of us, and after finally getting the flash to work, I got a picture!  But it was a disposable camera, not a digital, so no pictures yet.

He also told us about a fantastic organization, 826 National, which is an after-school writing tutoring program which has locations in 6 cities (Boston will soon be the 7th!)  They not only help the kids write papers and stories, but also teach them how to produce and self-publish.  The location in San Francisco is 'hidden' in a 'pirate supply shop', the one in NYC is in a 'superhero supply shop'.  I wish I could volunteer there, but the Boston one doesn't open till the fall, and I'm going to be studying abroad in London.  Next summer.

I hope all of you get the chance to see him!  And I'll probably have another report tomorrow.

May. 1st, 2007

Snape jetblackheart


Great interview here

My trusty news crawler came up with the following link to an interview with MC. Quite charming, and a glimpse of his life trying to write and simultaneously parent four kids ::shudder::


Apr. 29th, 2007

[Janelle Monae] Bowtie


Gentlemen of the Road, Chapter 14

The latest chapter is up!

Chapter 14: On the Melancholy Duty of Soldiers to Contend With the Messes Left by Kings

Alas, I have been having to contend with the last few weeks of classes/preparing for finals, ergo, not caught up yet.  I did make it to Chapter 8!  But that's not very close to 14.  By Thursday, I really want to be all caught up, classes be damned!  Seriously, I'm already skipping my absolute last class of the semester so as to have more time hanging around Harvard Square waiting for him.  (That, and it's like the 5th day of discussing Lolita, and my professor is not approaching it as a satire, but more or less as a manifesto of the 'beauty' of the 'love' between a grown man and a 12-year-old girl.  Yeah, creepy.  Just, really glad that he's a college professor).

Apr. 28th, 2007

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The wonderful sara_merry99 works at a bookstore. She brought me an advance reader copy of Yiddish Policemen's Union!11!11eleventy!!!!

Oh, so fabulous. You are going to *love* it.

Apr. 25th, 2007

[Janelle Monae] Bowtie


I must celebrate...

I got my ticket to Michael's reading in Harvard Square!!!  They say the ticket also functions as a $5 coupon on any book in the store.  Gee, I wonder which one I'll pick?

Anyway, to find out when Michael's going to be in a bookstore near you, here's his event calendar

And whether you get to see him or not, The Yiddish Policeman's Union comes out May 1st.

Apr. 24th, 2007

[Janelle Monae] Bowtie


Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked

Back in 2003, Michael was in a History Channel documentary, "Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked."  Now, you could buy the DVD.  Or, you could watch it in 14 parts on YouTube.  He's not in all of them, but he is in a good chunk.  Plus, it's just an awesome docu.

YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 0
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 1
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked part 2
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 3
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 4
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 5
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 6
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 7
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 8
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 9
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 10
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 11
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 12
YouTube - Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked Part 13

Apr. 23rd, 2007

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M of P news

Good afternoon!

I was just passing along mixed-blessing news, in regards to a film version of Michael Chabon's debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (which is a great book ; the characters are really something else).

The good news is that there is a plan for it to : be a movie! They have cast a few people, including actors Peter Sarsgaard and Sienna Miller, in it. (this announcement is somewhat older news ; it was reported a while ago).

The bad news is that, in typical Hollywood style, they are changing the story quite a bit. There are some plot points coming up, for those who have not read the book, as a brief warning.

One of the main themes of the book is the fact that the main character, Art, meets a boy named also named Arthur (who is friends with another main character, Phlox). This is not a secondary character or 'brief description' - this is a good part of the book. Eventually, Art realizes that he likes Arthur, and the two of them date.

The current working version of the script (according to this site - http://www.filmick.co.uk/2007/01/mysteries-of-pittsburgh-script-review.html - which notes several other character and location changes, as well) does not have the other Arthur in it. At all. So, we have an entire part of a(n) - albeit fictitious - person's life written out, because joe scriptwriter is too much of a homophobe to put him in. Alas, this is not the first Hollywood movie to do this - everything from On the Waterfront to Breakfast at Tiffany's to Oliver Stone's Alexander edit out the entire lives of gay people, as the film world is in the business of insuring any expression of male sexuality never be shown to the general public. (This is, I have always felt, in short why America is actually different from Europe. It's not, in the words of Jules from Pulp Fiction, because they called a quarter pounder a "royale with cheese").

A question : sure, it's great to see a movie adaptation of something you know, independent of the source. I wonder what Michael Chabon himself thinks of this. Perhaps we should make a movie of the scriptwriter's life, and simply "leave out" his wife, kids and loved ones. Hey, they're not "marketable". Would you still see a movie, if the part much of the fan base of the book originally liked about the story was nowhere to be found? Heck, let's make Harry Potter a mathematician instead of a magician. It's close enough, right. The special effects can all be based on him showing pi in its complete form.

Thanks for reading ; sorry to be the bearer of less-pleasant news.

Take care,
* Geoff

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