Monthly Archives: March 2011

Going on the Account: RED JENNY Part Five

Part Five of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

 

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Going on the Account: One Less Warning to Heed

Today was Bob Herbert’s last column for the NY TIMES.

 

If anyone wants a good explanation of what I mean when I discuss “A Novel of Consequences,” they would do well to go over Mr. Herbert’s output over the last few years and pay close attention to the themes he was trying to stress…

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Going on the Account: RED JENNY Part Four

Part Four of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

 

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Going on the Account: Things to Come

Tow items of interest, linked only by the fact that I found them simultaneously and put them both into one post…

 

* The film story of Richard Phillips‘ captaincy aboard the MV Mersk Alabama during her fateful encounter with Somali pirates is proceeding apace, with Tom Hanks cast as Phillips.  Which, the harder you think about it, is probably the only solid course to take; compare any interview of Phillips with any of Hanks’ work, and suddenly no other actor makes sense in the role.

 

And who knows, with what may be a new flood of pirate films following May 20th, something different in the mix of copycats would be welcome…

 

* There’s an article by Samson, Berteaux, McGill and Humphries in Global Ecology and Biogeography that suggests an interesting way to examine climate change, taking into account likely impact versus projected population density increases.  According to the abstract, they make mention of the fact that populations contributing the least to environmental changes will more likely suffer the worst of it.

 

My big quibble is the way the data is presented, it seems to downplay the changes to be wrought in areas facing what they consider the least disruption.  Yes, there are groups in Africa and the Middle East that will see greater impact from changes in the environment, but the folks in Europe, China and the US aren’t exactly going to be able to ignore what goes on; if anything, the study seems to not take into account some of the complexities of what used to be called First World standards of living and how the inevitable disruptions to those areas will play out there.

 
I was going to come up with something pithy to use as a simile, but with so much disaster, horrific events and other disheartening cumbersome distractions, it’s tough to stay focused and creative without coming across as a jerk.  Which I may well do anyway regardless, but then there’s no reason to compound the errors to the nth degree…

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Going on the Account: RED JENNY Part Three

Part Three of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: You Sailed from Where Again?

Got word via Deadline of a SyFy Peter Pan project.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a real story about Peter Pan without pirates, but the description there has this interesting tidbit:

 

[Neverland] welcomes unknown friends and enemies snatched from time. These include power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel) and her band of 18th century pirates who search for the answer to eternal youth…

 

OK, now you’ve got my attention…

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Going on the Account: RED JENNY Part Two

Part Two of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO is now up, and may be read here.

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