Friday, February 09, 2007

A Belated Interview with Gabrielle Bell and Other Points of Interest

So in my absence, I've neglected to post a link to my interview with graphic novelist Gabrielle Bell. This appeared in the January 2007 edition of Bookslut.

Now that that's out of the way, I'm currently working on what may or may not be a book (we'll see if a weekly series of deadlines will be threatening enough for me to get my ass out of bed), a profile for 2006 Prix Renoudot winner Alain Mabanckou (see African Psycho) and an interview with Alison Bechdel.

I still have a few other things up my sleeve, but I haven't fully thought them through yet.

An Interview with Clifford Chase

My interview with writer Clifford Chase is featured in the February 2007 edition of Bookslut. Check it out, and then go read his novel Winkie, because it's just that good.

Progress on Newton Creek?

Via Gothamist: NY State Will Sue Big Oil Over Greenpoint Spill

Looks like the state is finally taking a step in doing something about the oil plume that's been seeping into Greenpoint since the 1950s out of Newton Creek in Brooklyn. For some perspective, 17 million gallons of oil spilled into Newton Creek, spreading underneath Greenpoint over 100 acres. The infamous Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska was 11 million gallons over 55 acres. Mind-boggling that the Newton Creek spill has been kept quiet in the media, isn't it?

I live a few blocks outside the green plume area, but it's still so close to home. I'm sure my water pipes run right through it.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Bridge to Terabithia

As I'm sitting in my colder than necessary apartment reading various blogs, I have Seinfeld on in the background. Out of the corner of my eye, I spot the preview for Bridge to Terabithia.

Now, Bridge to Terabithia was one of my favorite novels growing up. It's about a boy and a girl who create an imaginary world in the woods called Terabithia. But keep in mind, they know whole-heartedly that Terabithia isn't real--that's the beauty of it all. It totally captures the child/pre-teen imagination.

Based on the preview for the film adaptation, though, it looks like Hollywood decided to cash in on the Eragon/Lord of the Rings/Chronicles of Narnia/Harry Potter craze and make Terabithia real. At one point the announcer ("In a world..." has always been his classic line) says that it's up to the two children to save the world they created from a menace on the inside. I know that film adaptations are expected to be different from the original work, but I feel like this time they're essentially fisting Katherine Paterson's work without her knowledge.

Of course, I could be wrong. I haven't even seen the movie.