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James Franco’s “As I Lay Dying” was fairly well received at Cannes — at least enough so that the he’s decided to keep dancing with the one who brung him, as the old saying goes. In an interview with The LA Times, the fledgling director announced that he’s already plotting another Faulkner adventure, working out preliminary casting for The Sound and the Fury. In the meantime, stay tuned for an upcoming W&F interview with Beth Grant about playing the moribund matriarch in Franco’s first go-round.
The next time houseguests overstay their welcome, just melt their faces off with your very own life-size replica of the ark of the covenant, the treasure sought by Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” If nothing else, it’s a great place to store valuables — burglars born before 1981 will think twice before cracking that baby open.
We’ve come a long way as a society, but as this poignant illustration shows, there are shockingly few children’s books out there that portray non-white protagonists. Only seven percent! In related news, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer spoke about her own upcoming book at a recent American Library Association conference. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit blends Spencer’s loves of sleuthing and martial arts, and presents a spectrum of characters for kids to identify with.
Writing is excessive drudgery. But don’t take my word for it, check out what medieval scribes scribbled in the margins of the illuminated works they toiled over. The digital age poses its share of challenges to writers, but at least we’ll never have to worry about our parchment being too hairy.