H. P. Lovecraft photo via Wikipedia; Oklahoma sign/Photo © Shutterstock
Something strange is afoot in the arts district of Oklahoma City. A concrete monument has sprung up in a restaurant parking lot, claiming the territory in the name of Azathoth — a supernatural entity from the world of H. P. Lovecraft‘s fiction. Thanks to the stir it’s caused, it sounds like the restaurant owner is interested in letting it remain for a while. Convenient, since it sounds expensive and burdensome to remove!
Speaking of ominous messages, here’s a nasty note from Raymond Chandler to Alfred Hitchock on the occasion of Chandler’s screenplay for “Strangers on a Train” having been unceremoniously re-written at the last minute. The director got the last laugh, however: while reviews at the time were very mixed, modern critics have lauded “Strangers” as one of Hitchcock’s finest films.
Meanwhile, the bright young things over at The Dissolve are comparing Hitch’s “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943) with a version that CBS made for television in the early nineties. Surprise: the newer one isn’t quite as good, although to to their credit, the critics dig really deep into figuring out exactly why.
That’s as elegant a segue (coming a long way from H. P. Lovecraft) as I could possibly dream up for broaching the subject of Fox’s new TV show inspired by Les Miserables – set in the present day. The fact that it was created by “Veronica Mars” showrunner Rob Thomas inspires some confidence. (And maybe even a Patrick Stewart quadruple-take.)