The Cinematic Novels of Ben Ames Williams

American novelist Ben Ames Williams was a prolific writer, crafting over 30 novels and over 400 short stories throughout his career. Quite a few of his works, including Small Town Girl, All the Brothers Were Valiant, Leave Her to Heaven and The Strange Woman were adapted to the screen. (All the Brothers Were Valiant and Leave Her to Heaven were each adapted more than once!) As a … Continue reading The Cinematic Novels of Ben Ames Williams

TMP Reads: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty tells the story of one of the silent screen’s most well-known legends, Louise Brooks, in her pre-fame days. At the age of fifteen, Louise leaves Wichita, Kansas for New York City, where she’ll study at the Denishawn School of Dancing. But Louise can’t just run off to New York City alone. Her mother, though usually careless in her parenting, has … Continue reading TMP Reads: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Book vs. Film: On the Beach

In 1957, Nevil Shute published his 21st novel, On the Beach. The story had originally appeared as a four-part story in a London periodical, being bound up into a single edition later that year along with new material that wasn’t included in the original stories. Set in the then-future of 1964, the book follows a group of people who struggle with the realization that they … Continue reading Book vs. Film: On the Beach

TMP Reads: SILENTS! By H.P. Oliver

I’ve been more than a little bit obsessed with reading classic film-related books lately, especially since I got a Kindle a while ago and now have access to the inexpensive e-editions. (Some of them even pop up in the Amazon monthly/daily deals sections. I got a Hitchcock biography for $2.99 that way! Woohoo!) One of my first purchases on Kindle was SILENTS! by H.P. Oliver. … Continue reading TMP Reads: SILENTS! By H.P. Oliver

Could it be a movie?: Stories from Ellery Queen’s (Part 2)

Welcome to “Could it be a movie?,” a segment in which TMP reads stuff and tells you whether or not the written materials would make good movies. In this installment, we look at two stories from a 1979 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. “Early Warning” Who wrote it?: John Gloag Where does it appear?: January 1979 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Plot: A … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Stories from Ellery Queen’s (Part 2)

Could it be a movie?: John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio”

Welcome to “Could it be a movie?,” a segment in which Lindsey reads stuff and tells you whether or not the written materials would make good movies. In this installment, we look at a great American short story by John Cheever. “The Enormous Radio” Who wrote it?: John Cheever Where does it appear?: May 17, 1947 issue of The New Yorker magazine The Enormous Radio … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio”

Could it be a movie?: Stories from Ellery Queen’s (Part 1)

Welcome to “Could it be a movie?,” a segment in which TMP reads stuff and tells you whether or not the written materials would make good movies. In this installment, we look at two stories from a 1977 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. “The Rescue of Professor Parkinson” Who wrote it?: William Bankier Where does it appear?: October 1977 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery … Continue reading Could it be a movie?: Stories from Ellery Queen’s (Part 1)

Off Topic Thursday: Book buys and library picks!

I recently discovered a great used bookstore called Ukazoo that does buybacks and also stocks a pretty impressive selection of books, from biographies to fiction to textbooks to children’s literature. Since I’m running out of room on my shelves, I gathered about 40 books that I knew I’d never read again and headed to the store to sell them. But of course, I didn’t walk … Continue reading Off Topic Thursday: Book buys and library picks!

Off Topic Thursday: Recent Reads

*These aren’t all of the books I’ve read recently, but they’re the ones I feel like sharing! Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (finished on May 31, 2012; rated on Goodreads: 3/5) I picked this up through B&N’s irresistibly affordable “Barnes & Noble Classics” series. (I went there looking for a few books for my upcoming English class and ended up buying one book for class, … Continue reading Off Topic Thursday: Recent Reads

NINE favorite book-to-film adaptations, Part III

The Namesake (2006), dir. Mira Nair, based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri Synopsis: Both the novel and film versions of The Namesake follow Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli and their family. At the beginning of the story they are newlyweds, having moved from India to Massachusetts after marrying so Ashoke could pursue a degree and career in engineering. The story then charts the progression of … Continue reading NINE favorite book-to-film adaptations, Part III