Sunday 19 January 2014


Photo: Evening Standard/Getty via The New Yorker

Adam Gopnik reflects in the New Yorker how it seems impossible to revision the literary history of America, or even the very magazine he writes for "without being reminded of how inextricable the drinking life and the writing life—or, to put it more bluntly, alcoholism and art—once were. From St. Clair McKelway to Dorothy Parker and James Thurber, and from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Sinclair Lewis and beyond, it was not long ago that if you wrote you drank, and if you weren’t drinking it was because you were drying out." Drinking used to be regarded as a complement to the act of authorship writes Gopnik. Read Writers and Rum in The New Yorker. E.T.P. 8'

Photo: Still from the 2nd Episode of HBO Girls, via The New Yorker.

Speaking of writers, also in The New Yorker, Sasha Weiss analyses the evolution of Lena Duhnam's character, Hannah, in the first two episodes of the new season of HBO Girls. Weiss highlights how the show dramatizes the formation of a writer's consciousness, in this case, Hannah's. An interesting reading, if you are a fan of Girls of course, pointless otherwise. Read full article in The New Yorker. E.T.P. 6' (Spoilers alert).

Image via The Telegraph.

 And to close this section: Oscar nominations! This past Thrusday the movies, documentaries and shorts nominated for the 86th Academy Awards were announced: "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" received top honors as the nominees for Best Picture.

Lovely Cate Blanchett will be competing with Amy Adams, Judy Dench, Meryl Streep (of course) and Sandra Bullock in the Lead Actress category, while Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Leonardo DiCaprio will compete against a surprising performance of Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, if you haven't seen this one, go ahead and book your ticket. Another surprise, Jennifer Lawrence receives her 3rd Oscar nomination. Really? I mean... really? Hope the Academy does (unsual) justice and recognises the superior performance of Lupita Nyong'o. Anyway, read full list of nominees in the LA Times. E.T.P. 5'.

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