(Matthew Rohrer)


Movie Talk

No news (here) is bad news. Don't miss the link to Every Single Word, which is powerfully depressing.


Go Set a Watchman

I've been reading several stories about Go Set a Watchman, and I had a hard time separating my reading experience from them. This is why I should stick to reading things years after they are popular. I just finished the book. If it's a draft, then it's inspiring to think that this became To Kill a Mockingbird. The best parts of the book are the flashbacks to childhood, which makes me buy into the draft story. But Adam Gopnik is right to say that this novel doesn't really stand alone:
Yet here is where the questions of the book’s provenance begin to arise, and they, too, get a little sticky. The emotional force of “Watchman” depends entirely on the reader’s sharing Scout’s shock at the revelation of Atticus’s new friends and new affiliation, and, since Atticus is scarcely dramatized at all before his fall from grace, the reader already suspicious about the pedigree and the background of the book becomes doubly so. If you don’t know Atticus as a hero—and in this book you really don’t, except by assertion—why would you care that he seems to defect to villainy, however well he defends it?