Tagged Stephen King

The Dark Tower Is a Pulpy Dose of Urban Fantasy

My smile slowly grew as I watched The Dark Tower. For another cinematic franchise based on a long series of fantasy books, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to a foundation film built for a presumably long haul, including a planned miniseries to go along with it. But director Nikolaj Arcel doesn’t waste time with this 95-minute film, which keeps the hefty lore light while still adhering to the weirdness of Stephen King’s writing. He may have glazed over several aspects...

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came Mixes Scholarship and Swordplay

The “Childe Rowland” (or Roland) story comes from a mishmash of sources: the Song of Roland, a chanson de geste probably written about 1040 CE; a Scottish ballad; a line from a (fake) madman ending a scene in Shakespeare’s King Lear; a Robert Browning poem (audio version) arguably more about the poet than Childe Rowland; and a fairy tale retelling of the Scottish ballad, in chronological order. Steve Schroer, founder of the Hardcover Theater and prolific playwright, adapter, and professor,...

Book Geek Bulletin: Crime Fiction Lives in Minneapolis

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit Yesterday, it was announced that beloved Minneapolis mystery bookstore Once Upon A Crime—which has been for sale for almost eight months—has found new owners: relatively recent Minneapolis transplants and crime-fiction lovers Dennis Abraham and Meg King-Abraham. Outgoing...

Throwback Thursday: The Shining is a Chilly Horror Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. The more I look at winter films, the more I notice they almost all fall into two extremes. Either they’re overly sentimental, dealing either with the romanticization of Christmas or falling in love, or on the other spectrum they deal with the cold both inside and out—horror films for the cold or evil outside,...

Book Geek Bulletin: New Year, New Books

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit Minnesota sci-fi and fantasy convention CONvergence has announced its guests of honor for 2016, who include a number of writers: Amal El-Mohtar, poet, fiction writer, and editor; Amy Shira Teitel, popular-science writer focusing on spaceflight; Mark Oshiro,...

Throwback Thursday: It’s New Year’s Eve—Let’s Not Dwell on Misery

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. It’s cold and gross out, and some of you might actually be at work today. If you are, I’m sorry to hear that. But hopefully you can have an enjoyable New Year’s Eve night and pass the time between now and then with a little throwback. It’s a great time to reflect on what...

Book Geek Bulletin: Welcome to Halloween

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit On September 30, 2015, actor Jack Black and three of his Goosebumps costars made a surprise visit to Richard R. Green Central Park Community School in Minneapolis, where students were watching a preview of the film. Goosebumps opens...

Book Geek Bulletin: Nerdfighters and Fowl Weather

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit On October 9 and 10, 2015, Vlogbrothers John and Hank Green will be bringing the inaugural NerdCon: Stories to the Minneapolis Convention Center. The convention—which was announced about six months ago but hasn’t received all that much...
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