Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Read the expanded rules over at NYTimes or buy the book of rules here.
My favourite rule:
This sprung to mind since Leonard's currently promoting his new book Road Dogs.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb ''said'' . . .
. . . he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange. I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write historical romances ''full of rape and adverbs.''
During one interview (with Charlie Rose), he said that a while back he was offered to write a review on a new Tom Clancy military spy book, but passed. "I don't read books that are more than 300 pages."
A man after my own heart (and attention span).
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Bad in so many ways. None of them good.
But Superman III shouldn't worry, I'm sure that in this new rash of comic book movies, there will come a movie/poster so bad that it'll make Chris Reeve and Richard Pryor's love-in look like a Saul Bass.
Or is the corporate/marketing machinery so anesthetizing that something like this could never slip through again?
Monday, May 25, 2009
I can't see how they'll top the first single, "Two Weeks" [mp3], but it will at least be worth a listen thanks to this charmed piece of pop.
They even debuted the song on Letterman months ago. I guess they knew it was good straight off.
Here's the brand new video for it:
Definitely ranks up their with the hit off their last album, "The Knife". Girl Talk's remix of that song is also stellar.