It's easy to forget, because Ebert is a TV persona: this guy can
Amos Poe's Frogs for Snakes is not a film so much as a
filmed idea. That could be interesting, but alas, it is a very
He's equally interesting whether the film is good, bad, or mediocre.
Ebert, like McPhee and Angell and Gopnick, is fascinating when writing
about things you don't care about.
But that's not why I'm reading Movie Yearbook this year.
Nor is it my increasingly insistent hankering -- shared, fortunately,
with Linda -- for frequent injections of narrative. I'm deeply entangled
in planning a roundtable on hypertext
narrative and Flash, and it's truly impressive to see just how
many stories -- very expensive stories! -- the Industry generates
in 30 months.
I wandered, quite by accident, into an exhibit of some pages from
this young Jewish woman's journey through adolescence and Nazism
at Boston's MFA. My first impression was, "What an interesting,
unknown diary!" My second was, "This is really
sophisticated German graphic design, masquerading as a naive diary."
If she'd lived fifty years later, Salomon would have defined Web
I'd never heard of Salomon. It seems to me she's the direct ancestor
of Spiegelman and Eisner. Fascinating. (Note: the edition weighs
in at 832 pages, almost all of them plates. I wish there were more
commentary, but the volume already pushes the limits of practical
The fifth appearance of Kevin Kerney,
a beat-up but not-beaten-down New Mexico cop. This isn't quite as
wonderful as Tularosa,
but few mysteries are. McGarrity has a wonderful and unsentimental
knack for seeing the parts of the Southwest that don't much interest
Stylish, detailed, lavishly produced discussions of a series of
high-design examples. More sophisticated than the run-of-the-mill
How To books, though much space is still consumed with elementary
Confidential to designers:
I believe you'll find that the root of "deconstruction"
is "to construe", not "to construct."
You don't need to abuse this too, too trendy word, because "dissection"
is already available for your use at no extra charge.
A middle-age romance, undistinguished
except that Preston does a wonderfully job of getting the details
of the East coast software industry exactly right. Her attention flags
later (e.g. "Evelyn Dyson) but the background is otherwise exceptionally
good. Unfortunately, the background is largely irrelevant to the novel.