Tuesday, September 6, 2011

sundry items

Levine's out, cue Curse leitmotif.

The short list is out, let the handicapping begin resume.

It's the age-old question, George: Can they cram this book into a two hour flick?

Late additions: The latest round of NDR interviews (in German) include soprano Julia Varady and tenor Piotr Beczala.  Over at the BBC, Mark Lawson interviews Dame Stella Rimington, former Chief Domestic Spook and current chair of Booker Prize judges.


  1. Ah, that one is Barnes' then. Everybody must be thinking, we'd better hurry up, his last books are all about life ending.

    Though there's something incredibly exciting and invigorating even when a total outsider wins a major prize. Happened last year here with Giller Prize, which went to a first time novelist, mostly thanks to Ali Smith who was in the jury.

    Also, really want to see TTSS now. A Swedish director is exactly right.

  2. He's the favorite among bookies but I dunno, they've already dodged expectations making up the short list. Plus, as we know from watching Spooks, MI-5 is not long on sentiment. My money's on Canada.