Thursday, January 12, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Cora Buhlert, "Why I Hate Albert Brooks")

In today's edition:

* An interesting post by Cora Buhlert, discussing several topics, including how the Singularity fell out of fashion, and her thoughts on the popularity of YA dystopia. (Interestingly, she finds the latter to be a specifically American phenomenon, reflective of the upbringing of American adolescents, whom she compares to their German counterparts.)

* For those who haven't seen it before, here's Wayne Sheldrake's "Why I Hate Albert Brooks" (originally published in the August 2008 Writer's Digest), which offers a much-needed corrective on that subject I've mentioned here before: the gross overabundance of movies about writers, almost all of which trot out the same stupid (and mostly baseless) clich├ęs about "the writing life." (Frankly, I'm astonished that such films are so common – after all, they're written by writers, exactly the people who should know better – and that pieces criticizing them aren't much more common – given that many of them not only know better, but like Sheldrake, must be irked by the falsity of what they see.)

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