Thursday various

Wednesday various

  • Movie popcorn is really bad for you. [via]
  • Then again, so too, in another way, is buying a computer at Best Buy. [via]
  • I can’t decide if this —

    An upcoming film called The Raven posits a story about what would happen if Poe were faced with the very murders he wrote about. In the movie, at the end of Poe’s life, a serial killer challenges him to solve a series of killings inspired by Poe’s fiction.

    — is a really cool or really dumb idea. I’m leaning towards dumb, to be honest.

  • I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this Random Roles interview with Alan Thicke. He’s a man who can speak intelligently and honestly about his (surprisingly interesting and varied) career.
  • And finally, who even knew there was a “murky world of Canadian ‘exploitation’ cinema“? [via]

    “Now in the U.S. when a mommy and daddy love each other, they perform bipolar sexual intercourse and make a baby. Canadians, however, are a breed of hermaphrodites who reproduce by means of auto-insemination, thus eliminating the need for sex. This also explains why we don’t really have a film industry.” – Dave Foley

Thursday various

  • Following up on these 200 creepy stories about Calgary, Meredith has been posting similar stories for Washington, DC. I particularly like #4.
  • Ooh! Ray Bradbury is developing a new television miniseries!
  • This whole Harlequin Horizons “self-publishing imprint” business strikes me as deeply weird. It’s like, “We won’t buy your novel…but here’s how you can pay us to print it!” [via]
  • “[T]here is ‘no freestanding constitutional right not to be framed.'” Uh oh. [via]
  • And finally, a really excellent interview with Cormac McCarthy. [via]:

    Well, I don’t know what of our culture is going to survive, or if we survive. If you look at the Greek plays, they’re really good. And there’s just a handful of them. Well, how good would they be if there were 2,500 of them? But that’s the future looking back at us. Anything you can think of, there’s going to be millions of them. Just the sheer number of things will devalue them. I don’t care whether it’s art, literature, poetry or drama, whatever. The sheer volume of it will wash it out. I mean, if you had thousands of Greek plays to read, would they be that good? I don’t think so.